Small Grid-connected Photovoltaic Systems Final project evaluation

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Evaluation Plan:
2008-2013, Mexico
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
05/2013
Completion Date:
07/2013
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
17,900

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Title Small Grid-connected Photovoltaic Systems Final project evaluation
Atlas Project Number: 00056987
Evaluation Plan: 2008-2013, Mexico
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 07/2013
Planned End Date: 05/2013
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Environment & Sustainable Development
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Development plans and programmes integrate environmentally sustainable solutions in a manner that promotes poverty reduction, MDG achievement and low-emission climate-resilient development
Evaluation Budget(US $): 17,900
Source of Funding:
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Agostinho Miguel Garcia
GEF Evaluation: Yes
Evaluation Type:
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: MSP
GEF Phase: GEF-4
PIMS Number: 2201
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: MEXICO
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 The project effectiveness and efficiency has been good, with some results not achieved directly by the project but motivated by a significant decline in international prices of PV modules. Consequently, the project outcomes were almost all reached with very few exceptions. The sustainability of the project is very positive with some areas for improvement, such as project ownership and involvement by the public stakeholders.
2 Concluding remarks about achieving results and the project objective: Project results are very good. Deeper reports were expected and not just the information of the presentations at workshops and conferences. The dissemination of the results through the Internet could have been great
3 Corrective actions for the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the project - Specific recommendations The UNDP/GEF needs to have in the project team, staff with skills and experience in several relevant areas for the projects - political, legal, economic, financial, technical, of technology/product development, business development, - so that the design is not restricted in some of these areas. For the design it is important to consider a risk not only the collapse of the market, but also the increase at a larger scale than expected and adapt the project.
4 Corrective actions for the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the project - Specific recommendations Monitoring needs to be stricter and with clear metrics: MWh is not a good metric for PV systems. Reports must be more pragmatic and not repeat information
5 Follow-up actions to reinforce the initial benefits of the project The issue of PV systems must be reinforced in the public sector and within the entities directly involved. Political changes in Mexico - national, regional, and local - have very large impacts on the entities. Workshops are needed to present the activities performed, the outcomes, and have new partners trained and informed on new templates.
6 Proposals for future directions to strengthen the achievement of the main objectives A regulatory framework for independent power producers and for consumers to sign contracts with other power companies, preferably not only in the electricity sector. National and regional incorporation of goals in the implementation of renewable energy for power generation with positive impacts for Mexico and the world, without having to compromise national budgets. A sole public stakeholder for the issue of Renewables and preferably not the CFE, for obvious interest in the subject. Analyze the CFE business and understand how their monopoly position does not limit the possibility of having independent power producers and focus the analysis on the issue of transmission and distribution.
7 Institutional strengthening On the issue of the certification of the systems and their components there is work to be done, so that quality of the systems is not compromised. On the issue of the certification of installers and professionals, there is an effort that has to be made by public entities to understand the importance of technical qualification of the people in the PV sector.
1. Recommendation: The project effectiveness and efficiency has been good, with some results not achieved directly by the project but motivated by a significant decline in international prices of PV modules. Consequently, the project outcomes were almost all reached with very few exceptions. The sustainability of the project is very positive with some areas for improvement, such as project ownership and involvement by the public stakeholders.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/12/26]

Despite the managerial changes within the CFE and SENER at the end of 2012, the information and capacities generated have triggered other processes to boost photovoltaic systems in Mexico. The training program to CFE technicians remains, and the inputs to the interconnection codes will facilitate the development of systems in the coming years.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
to involve actors that can be key to a successful execution of projects and foresee possible solutions to managerial changes.
[Added: 2013/12/26] [Last Updated: 2018/09/26]
Sustainable Development Program (UNDP) 2013/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The recommendation was used in the LEDS project]
We are not considering a second phase of the project, reason why the answers at a country office level will be taken into account for other similar projects; or they can also be useful for projects of a similar nature overseas. History
Coordinate the development of new initiatives launched by SENER and CFE providing inputs generated in the project
[Added: 2013/12/26] [Last Updated: 2018/09/26]
Sustainable Development Program (UNDP) 2013/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The recommendation was used in the LEDS project]
We are not considering a second phase of the project, reason why the answers at a country office level will be taken into account for other similar projects; or they can also be useful for projects of a similar nature overseas History
2. Recommendation: Concluding remarks about achieving results and the project objective: Project results are very good. Deeper reports were expected and not just the information of the presentations at workshops and conferences. The dissemination of the results through the Internet could have been great
Management Response: [Added: 2013/12/26]

The page developed by the project and hosted at the Institute for Electrical Research website is not widely advertised, so the dissemination of the results was limited by that media, however, the development of an Interconnection Guide, the organization of various forums and seminars, besides the training provided, allowed a national diffusion of the project results.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
-To promote the linking of the information generated by the project in the SENER or National Solar Energy Association (ANES) websites.
[Added: 2013/12/26] [Last Updated: 2018/09/26]
Institute for Electrical Research (IIE) 2013/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The recommendation was used in the LEDS project]
We are not considering a second phase of the project, reason why the answers at a country office level will be taken into account for other similar projects; or they can also be useful for projects of a similar nature overseas. History
3. Recommendation: Corrective actions for the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the project - Specific recommendations The UNDP/GEF needs to have in the project team, staff with skills and experience in several relevant areas for the projects - political, legal, economic, financial, technical, of technology/product development, business development, - so that the design is not restricted in some of these areas. For the design it is important to consider a risk not only the collapse of the market, but also the increase at a larger scale than expected and adapt the project.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/12/26]

In the design of new projects we seek the participation of actors with different areas of expertise, including representatives of financial and governmental entities that support the design and provide inputs to the implementation strategy.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Contemplating from the design of new projects the participation of various actors, not only technical (financial, policy makers, NGOs, Academia, Media, etc.)
[Added: 2013/12/26] [Last Updated: 2018/09/26]
Sustainable Development Program (UNDP) 2013/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The recommendation was used in the LEDS project]
We are not considering a second phase of the project, reason why the answers at a country office level will be taken into account for other similar projects; or they can also be useful for projects of a similar nature overseas. History
4. Recommendation: Corrective actions for the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the project - Specific recommendations Monitoring needs to be stricter and with clear metrics: MWh is not a good metric for PV systems. Reports must be more pragmatic and not repeat information
Management Response: [Added: 2013/12/26]

In the design of new projects it will be necessary to strengthen the most relevant indicators to measure the progress of the project?s goals accomplishment

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Contemplating from the design of new projects the participation of various actors, not only technical (financial, policy makers, NGOs, Academia, Media, etc.)
[Added: 2013/12/26] [Last Updated: 2018/09/26]
Sustainable Development Program (UNDP 2013/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The recommendation was used in the LEDS project]
We are not considering a second phase of the project, reason why the answers at a country office level will be taken into account for other similar projects; or they can also be useful for projects of a similar nature overseas. History
5. Recommendation: Follow-up actions to reinforce the initial benefits of the project The issue of PV systems must be reinforced in the public sector and within the entities directly involved. Political changes in Mexico - national, regional, and local - have very large impacts on the entities. Workshops are needed to present the activities performed, the outcomes, and have new partners trained and informed on new templates.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/12/26]

Despite the managerial changes within the CFE and SENER at the end of 2012, the information and capacities generated have triggered other processes to boost photovoltaic systems in Mexico. The training program to CFE technicians remains, and the inputs to the interconnection codes will facilitate the development of systems in the coming years.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
to involve actors that can be key to a successful execution and also we must foresee possible solutions to managerial changes. -new initiatives launched by SENER and CFE providing inputs generated in the project
[Added: 2013/12/26] [Last Updated: 2018/09/26]
Sustainable Development Program (UNDP) 2013/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The recommendation was used in the LEDS project]
We are not considering a second phase of the project, reason why the answers at a country office level will be taken into account for other similar projects; or they can also be useful for projects of a similar nature overseas. History
6. Recommendation: Proposals for future directions to strengthen the achievement of the main objectives A regulatory framework for independent power producers and for consumers to sign contracts with other power companies, preferably not only in the electricity sector. National and regional incorporation of goals in the implementation of renewable energy for power generation with positive impacts for Mexico and the world, without having to compromise national budgets. A sole public stakeholder for the issue of Renewables and preferably not the CFE, for obvious interest in the subject. Analyze the CFE business and understand how their monopoly position does not limit the possibility of having independent power producers and focus the analysis on the issue of transmission and distribution.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/12/26]

These observations and recommendations have been partially addressed and go beyond the attributions of the project. Legal frameworks have been strengthened to promote renewable energy sources. Under the new federal administration, the energy sector program envisages a significant boost to renewable energies. Changes to interconnection regulations and the possibility of power generation for self-supply are good steps for the promotion of distributed power generation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
new initiatives launched by SENER and CFE providing inputs generated in the project
[Added: 2013/12/26] [Last Updated: 2018/09/26]
Institute for Electrical Research (IIE 2013/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: The recommendation was used in the LEDS project]
We are not considering a second phase of the project, reason why the answers at a country office level will be taken into account for other similar projects; or they can also be useful for projects of a similar nature overseas. History
7. Recommendation: Institutional strengthening On the issue of the certification of the systems and their components there is work to be done, so that quality of the systems is not compromised. On the issue of the certification of installers and professionals, there is an effort that has to be made by public entities to understand the importance of technical qualification of the people in the PV sector.
Management Response: [Added: 2013/12/26]

the design of new projects need to strengthen the actions ensuring the systems? quality certification.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Contemplating from the design stage of new projects Quality Assurance activities for the systems, installers and verifiers.
[Added: 2013/12/26] [Last Updated: 2018/10/03]
Sustainable Development Program (UNDP) 2013/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Answers at a country office level will be taken into account for other similar projects; or they can also be useful for projects of a similar nature overseas.]
We are not considering a second phase of the project, reason why the answers at a country office level will be taken into account for other similar projects; or they can also be useful for projects of a similar nature overseas. History

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