A technical assistance program seeking to promote the deployment of concentrated solar technology (CSP) in participating MENA countries through framework and capacity development.


In December 2009, the CTF Trust Fund Committee endorsed a $750 million investment plan (IP) to support the development of 1 GW of CSP generation capacity and associated infrastructure in the MENA countries of Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Libya, and Tunisia. Outlined in the MENA CSP IP, Algeria has a targeted CSP capacity of 1,500 MW, Morocco 2,000 MW, and Jordan 600 MW by 2020, while Egypt 3,500, and Tunisia 1,700 MW by 2030.

The MENA-CSP Technical Assistance Program (TA) complements the MENA CSP IP and will lay the foundation for scaling up CSP technologies, by addressing sector-wide weaknesses such as regulatory framework and lack of capacity and knowledge. The projects are expected to avoid over 1.5 million tons of CO2 emissions per annum from the energy sector over 20 years. The program, made possible by CTF funding, will cost an estimated $10 million with an anticipated completion by June 2018.

Objectives and Outputs:

While the MENA CSP IP will increase CSP generation capacity to an expected 950 MW, the TA will address barriers to CSP deployment. The TA program will provide a package of support organized under four pillars: (i) CSP industry support, (ii) cooperation and capacity building, (iii) market development, and (iv) an enabling regulatory framework. Support under the pillars includes technical assistance and funding for knowledge exchange, training courses, and consulting for CSP projects. The program will be conducted jointly by the World Bank and the AfDB, in coordination with CSP-related country and regional agencies. It has been designed such that each MDB will be responsible for the implementation of two pillars to ensure harmonization of the activities within each pillar.

The direct beneficiaries will be MENA CSP-related industries, training facilities, and universities. Domestic production of certain CSP plant components and provision of CSP-related services will create local jobs. A 2011 assessment by the Fraunhofer Institute and Ernst &Young estimated 1 GW CSP capacity by 2020 in the MENA region will have a direct and indirect local economic impact of $2.2 billion, with a local manufacturing share of 30.6% by 2025. 1.5 million tons of CO2 emissions per annum from the energy sector are expected to be mitigated with implementation.

This project summary is drawn from draft project proposals [such as the PAD, PID, SAR, and country investment plan] and may not contain the most up-to-date information.

Project Details
Project Document (Revised) | Proposed Decision (Revised)
Approved by October 21, 2014 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s): 
USD 2.92 million (AfDB) 
USD 6.6 million (IBRD)
USD 238,000 (AfDB MPIS)
USD 238,000 (IBRD MPIS)