Access to modern energy services is a prerequisite for sustainable development. Even though more than 70% of households have access to electricity, approximately 30% of the population remain dependent on fossil fuels for energy sources.

The NAMA aims expanding access to electricity to more than 90% of the households by 2020 by replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy mini grids.The intervention will target rural communities, tourism, agricultural facilities, health centers, and schools and literacy centers to meet their demand for electricity. The mini grids, which will be powered by solar and wind energy, will power lighting, cooling, appliances and productive activities. The NAMA will establish rural Productivity Zones and provide electricity for income generation opportunities for entrepreneurs and community projects (food processing units, internet access, charging of phones).

The NAMA was developed by the Lao PDR Ministry of Energy and Mines and the UNDP Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme with the generous support from the European Union, the German Environment Ministry (BMUB), and the Government of Australia.


  • SDGs
  • NAMA
  • Solar
  • Energy
  • Lao PDR
  • Mitigation
  • Asia Pacific
  • Renewables
  • Climate Change
  • Local Economic Development