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Mid-term Evaluation of Sustainable Energy Financing Mechanism for Solar PV
Commissioning Unit: Turkey
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 08/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Turkey
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

To improve implementation (and meet GHG emission reduction targets), the ORKÖY-PV Project as a first priority should seek a 24-month extension from UNDP and GEF to be able to utilize its remaining resources of US$3.314 million to maximize the number of solar PV installations using GEF grant funding in an effort to reach the objective level target of 30 MW of installed solar PV capacity.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/09/12] [Last Updated: 2019/09/12]

A maximum 24-months extension is already considered and necessary actions to be taken by the project management unit to submit a request for extension to GEF in order to finalize all remaining activities and ensure longer-term sustainability of the project. The necessity of the extension is also discussed with the beneficiary and the decision for the extension by the steering committee will be taken in the next steering committee meeting.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Necessary documents and applications will be prepared and sent to the related bodies of UNDP and GEF to extend the project duration.
[Added: 2019/09/12] [Last Updated: 2020/08/25]
Project Management Unit 2019/10 Completed Project has extended for 24 months. The closure date of the project is 29.08.2022. History
2. Recommendation:

To correct Project design, make amendments to the ORKÖY-PV Project’s PRF that reflect a revised ORKÖY-PV strategy and proposed solar PV rollout plan that is based on a new Theory of Change. This revised PRF should be finalized in close consultation with the SEFM Unit in ORKÖY.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/09/12]

A strategy revision report has already been prepared in July 2019 by International Strategy Revision consultant. New results framework for the project has been suggested by the MTR and Strategy Revision consultants and will be submitted to the beneficiary at the next steering committee meeting.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Project results framework will be revised according to the suggested RF and will be reflected to the project activities. The project management unit will implement an adaptive management in order to reach the end-of project targets. In addition, the project budget will be revised in order to utilize the remaining budget to cover the extension period of the project.
[Added: 2019/09/12] [Last Updated: 2020/08/25]
Project Management Unit 2020/03 Completed Project results framework revised according to the suggested RF on the Midterm Review report (pages 63 to 72 of the Mid-term report presents the revised RRF) and already reflected to the project activities. The project management unit’s efforts of conducting an adaptive management resulted successfully in order to reach the end-of project targets. In addition, the project budget was also revised in order to utilize the remaining budget to cover the extension period of the project. In addition, revised RRF finalized in collaboration with the SEFM Unit in ORKOY and already approved in the Steering Committee Meeting on 22 March 2019. History
3. Recommendation:

To improve the monitoring and evaluation of the Project, ORKÖY-PV Project staff should bolster its efforts as a high priority to monitor the quality of rooftop solar PV installations, highlighting the sustainability issues related to poor quality installations and deteriorating solar PV system performance and using an international consultant to bring to ORKÖY global experience of solar PV MRV systems.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/09/12]

Existing MRV plans from other rooftop solar programs will be assessed and best option that is coherent with the ORKÖY mechanism will be adopted for this project. The quality of these plans, most importantly, should be sufficiently robust to bring confidence to potential climate financers of the quantities of GHG emission reductions being generated by the MRV system. With this incremental strengthening of the MRV system, workshops led by the consultant will be considered in order to bring the global experience of solar PV MRV systems.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
With regards to quality standards and certification schemes of Output 3.5, the Project will follow EU quality standards and certification schemes. Also, the services of a consultant will be considered who is familiar with the schemes and who could quickly advise ORKÖY and other relevant stakeholders on the most efficient means of disseminating these schemes.
[Added: 2019/09/12] [Last Updated: 2020/08/25]
Project Management Unit 2022/08 Initiated History
4. Recommendation:

Recommendations and proposals for future directions underlining main objectives includes commencing outreach to international and domestic development banks after 2020 to initiate a process of familiarizing banks with possible opportunities to “co-finance” a market transformation of solar PV generation in forest villages in Turkey, appointing a MRV manager as part of the ORKÖY team, and developing an ITMO trade model for carbon markets after 2021.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/09/12]

By 2020, lessons learned from the demonstration projects of Component 2 could be shared. By 2021, further lessons can be learned from replication projects of Component 3 that will involve the performance of the initial stages of the ORKÖY financing mechanism for solar PV installations in forest villages. Disseminating this information to the financial sector can commence the process of familiarizing banks with possible opportunities to “co-finance” a market transformation of solar PV generation in forest villages in Turkey.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Annual meetings with the finance institutions will be held to disseminate the lessons learnt, best cases and data gathered through MRV system that will be established by ORKÖY.
[Added: 2019/09/12] [Last Updated: 2020/08/25]
Project Management Unit 2022/08 Initiated History

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