The SDG 7 Results programme has selected 13 new energy access project proposals. The winning proposals are from companies that want to expand their market activities to more remote and poorer households in developing countries.
New markets and technologies
So far, SDG 7 Results portfolio projects have reached 1.4 million people. The 13 new projects expand the portfolio. They offer solar technologies and clean cooking solutions for households in difficult-to-reach markets.
Of the projects, 5 focus on providing clean energy for cooking. Another 8 projects focus on bringing electricity to rural households. To do this, 5 projects will set up distribution structures for modern solar systems in geographically-underserved areas. The other 3 projects will connect households through mini-grids, a technology which is new to the SDG 7 Results portfolio.
With the expanded portfolio, SDG 7 Results now supports 25 companies in 12 different countries across Africa and Asia. The companies have a joint goal of reaching over 5 million people directly. And they will expand their markets to reach even more people in the future.
André van Ommeren, Member of the Board International Programmes at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, comments, "Renewable energy access is extremely important, and the Netherlands aims to provide energy access to at least 100 million people by 2030. So, I am very excited about the partners and projects we have selected for the SDG 7 Results programme. The programme has already had a big impact, reaching 1.4 million people. But we can do more, and with the new projects, we will reach 5 million people!"
New SDG 7 Results projects
|Access SA||Solar home system (SHS)||Enabling access to energy with modular solar home systems||Mali|
|Baobab Plus||SHS||Sustainable PAYGo Solar||Nigeria|
|Bidhaa Sasa Ltd||Cookstove||Scaling women-centric distribution and finance of clean cookstoves||Kenya|
|BioLite Kenya||Cookstove||Access to renewable energy for efficient and clean cooking||Uganda|
|BrightLife Uganda||SHS||SERVE: Scaling Energy for Rural Value Efficiency||Uganda|
|d.light Limited||Cookstove||SDG 7 Results: Access to Renewable Energy||Kenya|
|Engie Energy Access Kenya||SHS||Mwangaza Kambini: Bringing clean and affordable energy to refugee camps in Kakuma and Kigoma||Kenya, Tanzania|
|ENGIE ENERGY SERVICE SA||Mini-grid||Lake Victoria Electrification Project||Uganda|
|Foundation Rural Energy Services||Mini-grid||2,000 new mini-grid connections for vulnerable households||Mali|
|Grean World Energy Technologies PLC||SHS||Solar Marketing in Rural Communities||Ethiopia|
|Hydrobox NV||Mini-grid||Empowering rural homes to efficient grids||Kenya|
|Sistema.bio||Biodigester||Increasing access to biogas||Kenya|
|VITALITE Senegal||Biodigester||Biogas: Improving the livelihood of households with a clean cooking system and fertiliser|
SDG 7 Results
The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs funds the SDG 7 Results programme; the Netherlands Enterprise Agency manages it. The programme aims to give 2 million people in developing countries access to renewable energy by the end of 2026. The programme uses results-based financing. This means that subsidies are only paid once the agreed-upon results have been achieved. Before payment, the international accountancy firm KPMG independently verifies the sales.