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Republic of Mali

0.020 GW

Mali is a French-speaking landlocked country in West Africa with an area of 1.25 million km2 and a population of 18.5 million. Bamako is the capital and the largest city. This low-income country has an undiversified economy that is largely reliant on agriculture and gold mining for revenue.

The main source of energy in Mali is imported fossil fuel, which provides about 50 % of total power. Only 25 % of Mali's population is connected to the main electricity grid. In rural areas this percentage drops down to only 11.9 % while just over half of the population (50.4%) is connected in urban areas. Over 74 % of the population in Mali lives off-grid and without modern energy access.

However, the Government is committed to increase the utilization of renewable technologies. The government's National Energy Policy and the National Renewable Energy Development Strategy aims to increase the rural electrification rate to 61 % by 2033 and the contribution of renewable energies to 25 % in the national energy mix by 2033.

Mali has good solar potential across the country and receives an average daily insolation of 5-7kWh/m2 with a daily duration of 7-10 hours, which indicates potential for solar PV projects.

As of 2019, four large-scale solar projects are under development in the country. They include a 50 MW project by Akuo Kita Solar, a 33 MW plant in Segou planned by Norway's Scatec Solar and financed by African Development Bank, a 25 MW facility to be built in Koutiala and a 50 MW solar plant in Sikasso funded by the World Bank. All these projects are Independent Power Producer (IPP) projects set up under public-private partnership agreements to sell electricity under long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) to Mali's power utility, Energie du Mali.

In early 2019, the government approved a rural solar electrification project, financed jointly with the Green Climate Fund, to increase electricity access to 28,000 households in 50 communities by installing 4.8 MW of isolated solar PV mini-grid systems. Additionally, the Ministry of Energy and Water and the Mali Renewable Energy Agency (AER-Mali) are conducting a Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) with the support of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

The World Bank has supported the government t on other solar projects. The Rural Electrification Hybrid System Project implemented by the World Bank with funding of USD 25 million aims to expand access to energy in rural areas and to increase renewable energy generation in selected areas.

Small scale solar thermal and PV applications have been tested and adopted to local conditions in Mali for various uses such as lighting, pumping, refrigeration, cooking, drying in farming or fruit production, heating in health centers and in households, solar home systems for households and community institutions, etc. An example is the 55 kW solar PV hybrid system (backed up by a diesel generator) used by local NGO Mali-Folkecenter Nyetaa for the electrification of the Zantiebougou village. However, only a few of them have been sufficiently scaled or have adequate installed capacity to provide quality electricity supply to households.


NFP Details: 

Dr. Souleymane BERTHE

Directeur Général de l'Agence des Energies Renouvelables du Mali (AER-MALI)

Ministère de l'Energie et de l'Eau du MALI

BP: 134 - Bamako - Mali Ex CRES Colline de Badalabougou

Tel: +223 20226803 / 20227184 +223-66564650 / +223-73967335

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Mali: Renewable Energy Week to attract more investment

Article on an investor summit organized by the Malian government, the World Bank and Climate Investment Fund


Electricité du Mali - EDM

EDM est l'entité publique responsable de la production, du transport et de la distribution d'électricité au Mali. 

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African Development Bank Group

Website of AfDB having information on country profile specially energy sector of Mali


Solar GIS

Website showing solar resource data in Mali

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Website of ECOWAS

Tenders relating to renewable projects in Mali

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