Selection Process

Applications are evaluated by an independent, international Panel of Experts, which shortlists projects based on technical feasibility, economic/financial viability and socio-economic and environmental benefits. To express interest in joining the Panel of Experts, download the Guidelines for Experts and write to


The Advisory Committee, appointed by IRENA members, then assesses the projects to ensure alignment with national development priorities, geographic spread and diversity of technologies.


ADFD makes the final selection of projects from IRENA's recommended list.

To be shortlisted, projects must be:

  • transformative
  • replicable/scalable
  • economically feasible
  • innovative in business model design

They must also:

  • have a positive development impact
  • improve energy access
  • address energy security
  • have government support

For evaluation criteria, see the Facility brochure and Guidelines for Applicants.  


IRENA Secretariat will keep applicants informed of the progress and status of their proposals through the selection process.

To express interest in joining the Panel of Experts, download the Guidelines for Experts and write to