The government of Indonesia will pay US$700,000 to consultants to prepare a study of renewable energy for rural transformation, prior to spending $11 million on solar home systems.JAKARTA, Indonesia, ID, 2001-06-06 [SolarAccess.com] The government of Indonesia will pay US$700,000 to consultants to prepare a study of renewable energy for rural transformation, prior to spending $11 million on solar home systems. The money has been provided by the Global Environment Facility, the funding agency of the World Bank, for the Solar Home System Project that will be administered by the Ministry of Energy’s Directorate of New & Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation. The request for interested consultants was published on May 16 with a deadline to apply of May 31. The study will involve an assessment of policy, legislative and regulatory issues, and a development of energy priorities of key sectors such as health, education, communication, rural enterprise and household services in rural areas. It will evaluate the prospects for renewable energy and develop an action plan for serving rural needs using renewable energy. The plan to use solar energy will enhance social and economic development and reduce poverty in rural communities by meeting essential needs using renewable energy where appropriate. The study will focus on rural community needs in the key sectors that can be addressed in part by renewable energy, with the main emphasis on communities that will not be served by the national grid. The winning consultant will have expertise in social and economic analysis, poverty and gender assessment, renewable energy applications assessment; program planning and design; financial analysis; economic analysis (including local and global externalities); institutional assessment and planning; and micro-level business planning using sustainable models of finance and operation. Expertise on renewable energy technologies with commercial prospects in Indonesia is essential. The work will start in January.