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A New Scheme for the Promotion of Renewable Energies in Developing Countries: The Renewable Energy Regulated Purchase Tariff

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This report sets out the main findings of the discussions carried out by the Developing Countries Group of the European Photovoltaic (PV) Technology Platform. The main aim of this policy-support document is to attract policy-makers attention in renewable energies deployment, offering to energy and development stakeholders an alternative subsidy-scheme to support electrification in a village-scale mini-grid based on the good performance of the renewable electricity generation. This study provides a comprehensive evaluation of a locally-adapted variation of the the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme, the Renewable Energy Regulated Purchase Tariff (RPT) that pays for renewable electricity generated, to encourage the production of renewable electricity in mini-grids in Developing Countries. The proposed financing scheme has been designed to provide a cost-effective scheme and to achieve different purposes such as to provide sustainable and affordable electricity to local users from remote areas in developing countries, to make renewable energy projects attractive to policy-makers.