Geothermal energy receives the support of the World BankMarch 13, 2013
World Bank announces plans to fund geothermal energy projects
The World Bank, one of the largest financial institutions in the world, has announced that it will be providing funding for international geothermal energy projects. The institution has been showing increasing support for renewable energy in recent years, citing economic concerns regarding the effects of climate change, as well as the economic benefits of clean forms of power. Geothermal energy has received modest attention from the institution in the past, but new funding from the World Bank is expected to help make progress in this clean energy sector.
Geothermal power could be a major boon for developing countries
The World Bank will be devoting $500 million to geothermal energy projects in various countries. World Bank Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati claims that geothermal energy could be a major benefit for developing countries as it represents three benefits: Clean, reliable, locally-produced electrical power. The World Bank is collaborating with Iceland, one of the strongest supporters of geothermal energy, to see this initiative through.
Rift Valley projects receive attention from Iceland and the World Bank
Africa’s Rift Valley has won a great deal of attention from both Iceland and the World Bank and the two are planning to funnel funds toward geothermal energy projects that are taking form in the region. According to the United Nations Environment Program, the Rift Valley boasts of 6.5 gigawatts of geothermal potential, which could be a major boon for communities within the region as well as much of the rest of Africa. Stronger focus on geothermal energy is expected to bring reliable and renewable power to communities that do not have a connection to an existing energy grid.
Funding to be used around the world
Funding from the World Bank aims to help overcome the technical, financial, and political barriers that exist in developing countries concerning the use of renewable energy. Africa’s Rift Valley is only one region where this funding will be put to use. The World Bank plans to help support geothermal energy projects in at least 40 countries around the world, including those in Central America and Southeast Asia.