In support of SDG7, universal access to energy, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency has selected proposals from 12 private companies. These companies aim to expand their markets with basic energy services for more remote or poorer customers in developing countries.
The SDG7 Results facility uses Results-Based Financing. This means that SDG7 payments are made to companies afterwards. Payments are based on the number of people who have gained access to renewable energy technologies and services. Before payment, sales will be verified independently by international accountancy and advice organisation KPMG.
Contributing to Dutch ambitions
André van Ommeren MBA, Member of the Board International Programmes at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency: “Results-Based Financing provides incentives to energy access companies with innovative business models for reaching out to poorer households. With the selected projects, we believe we have a strong group of partners. They will significantly contribute to the Dutch ambitions of providing energy access for at least 50 million people in 2030.”
The 12 winning projects were selected as the best among 43 proposals submitted to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. They have a joint maximum subsidy budget of 14.2 million euros. The projects have activities in 9 countries, including household solar technologies and clean cooking solutions.
Reaching a poorer part of the market
Of the projects, 5 focus on bringing electricity to rural households. This will be done by setting up distribution structures for modern solar systems in geographically underserved areas. One project aims to bring electricity access to poor households in urban slums. The other 7 projects focus on providing clean energy for cooking, through improved designs for cookstoves or cleaner fuels like ethanol and biogas.
The selected projects use innovative business models. These often include consumer financing solutions to reach out to a significantly poorer part of the market than the selected companies are used to. Geographically, 3 projects, focussing on electric access, are situated in the western Sahel. 6 projects, mostly focussing on cooking energy, are in eastern Africa and the last 3 are situated on the Indian subcontinent.
|Company||Technology||Title||Country||Number of connections|
|Lagazel||Plug & play small solar home systems||Increase energy access in the Sahel region with high quality locally manufactured solar products||Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger||5,000|
|ATEC Australia Intl||Biodigester fuelled cooking||Access to Clean Energy (ACE) Bangladesh||Bangladesh||19,879|
|Pollinate Group||Solar Lanterns and Plug &play small Solar Home systems||Empowering women to connect households in extreme poverty with affordable clean energy||India||53,000|
|LiveliHoods||Clean Cookstoves||Bringing clean energy on credit to the base of the pyramid households across Kenya through a sales force of disadvantaged youth and women||Kenya||23,150|
|African Clean Energy BV (ACE)||Forced ventilation clean cookstoves/pico PV Hybrid||Scaling up distribution of hybrid clean energy systems in off-grid, rural Uganda and Kenya||Uganda, Kenya||46,000|
|Pawame||Plug & play small solar home systems||Pawame expansion and deepening in underserved and disadvantaged areas of Kenya||Kenya||15,992|
|Greenway Grameen Infra||Clean Cookstoves||Clean cookstoves manufacturing and sales||India||210,000|
|Burn Manufacturing Kenya Ltd||Clean Cookstoves||Cooking made affordable and efficient in rural Kenya (CAER)||Kenya||120,000|
|Omnium Mali SA||Plug & play small solar home systems||Energy + SA||Mali||13,200|
|Grean World Energy Saving Device manufacturing Ltd.||Clean Cookstoves||Marketing of clean cookstoves||Ethiopia||120,000|
|Vitalite Senegal SARL||Plug & play small solar home systems||Accelerating the uptake of affordable Solar home systems in the Matam, Tambacounda and Kedougou regions of Senegal||Senegal||5,000|
|KOKO Networks||Ethanol cookstoves||DIB supporting KOKO networks clean ethanol cooking for peri-urban and near rural households in Kenya||Kenya||250,000|