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SDG 7 Results: Access to renewable energy

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Is your organisation a business or NGO? Would you like to contribute to access to sustainable energy for households in developing countries? Your project may be able to get support from the SDG 7 Results programme: Access to renewable energy. This programme uses results-based financing. This means that SDG 7 Results only provides subsidies once the agreed results have been achieved. The subsidies are based on the number of people who have gained access to renewable energy technologies and services.

You can no longer apply for an SDG 7 Results subsidy. The deadline for subsidy applications was 14 February 2022 12:00 CET.

Sustainable development goals

Together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs we use the SDG 7 Results programme to contribute to the sustainable development goals. SDG 7 Results contributes to SDG 7: affordable and clean energy, as well as:
  • SDG 1: no poverty
  • SDG 3: good health and well-being
  • SDG 5: gender equality
  • SDG 8: decent work and economic growth
  • SDG 10: reduced inequalities
  • SDG 13: climate action.

SDG 7 Results aims

SDG 7 Results aims to give 2 million people in developing countries access to renewable energy. Projects should contribute to one of the following goals:
  • access to electricity in homes;
  • access to clean cooking in homes.
With its projects, SDG 7 Results also wants to contribute to the following goals:
  • low-carbon climate-resilient development;
  • less gender inequality;
  • private sector development and employment, and
  • private investments in the renewable energy sector.


The available budget for the tender round in 2022 is €8 million. Per project, you can apply for a subsidy of at least €250,000 and no more than €2.5 million.


SDG 7 Results projects must meet certain conditions. For more information see the SDG 7 Results conditions page.


The SDG 7 Results programme is open to activities in the following countries: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso*, Chad*, Ethiopia*, Gambia, India, Kenya*, Mali*, Mozambique, Niger*, Nigeria*, Uganda*, Rwanda, Senegal*, Sudan*, Tanzania and South Sudan*.

*priority countries. We will give extra points to applications for activities in one of these priority countries.

Your project can focus on more than one country as long as the countries belong to one geographical area and have a similar culture and economy. For example, the East African Community or the UEMOA.

How to apply for SDG 7 Results

You can no longer apply for an SDG 7 Results subsidy.

To apply for SDG 7 Results, you must follow 2 steps:

1. Submit a mandatory concept note

You can no longer submit a mandatory concept note. The deadline for submitting the concept note was 22 November 2021 17:00 CET. Before submitting your concept note, you had to make sure you met all the conditions. One of our advisors will advise you on your concept note. After this phase, you can apply for a subsidy.

2. Apply for a subsidy

If you have received advice on your concept note, you can apply for a subsidy via our SDG 7 Results apply page. You can apply from 3 January 2022 9:00 CET. Make sure you attach all the mandatory documents. You must submit your application before 14 February 2022 12:00 CET.

Part of your application is a competitive ‘bid’ to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. This bid should cover part of the costs per renewable energy connection in the target market.

You may make different bids for every ‘tier’ (service level) for which you intend to distribute products. For different products at the same tier, the bid should be identical. 

The bid(s) multiplied by the number of connections may not be higher than 35% of the total project costs. The more competitive your bid is, the higher the chance you have of getting a subsidy.


SDG7 Results payment

  1. You will receive a payment after your organisation has achieved the measurable results agreed upon in advance. We will look at the number of households that now have access to renewable energy services as a result of your project activities.
  2. You can submit claims while carrying out your project. An independent party verifies the results before payment. Their input helps us decide on the payment.
  3. Applicants have some flexibility in how they achieve their results.
For more information on how we calculate the SDG 7 Results subsidy, see the calculation page.

Project Management

If we have approved your subsidy application and you are carrying out your project, please use our webform to notify us of any changes. If you plan to make important project changes to the project, you need our approval before you make these changes. You must report the following changes as soon as possible:

  • Administrative changes;
  • Changes to the duration or schedule;
  • Changes to goals or activities;
  • Changes to the national or international partnerships;
  • Financial changes: budget changes of 25% or more in a year, VAT obligation changes, suspension of payment, bankruptcy or debt rescheduling schemes;
  • Transfer of rights or knowledge;
  • Division, merger or takeover of the company.

SDG 7 Results in practice

Read our SDG 7 Results user stories and get inspired. See an overview of all our SDG 7 Results projects and development cooperation projects. Or watch our videos:

Biodigesters in Bangladesh

Solar home systems in Senegal

Frequently asked questions

For more information on SDG 7 Results, see our frequently asked questions.

Law and regulations

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency set up the SDG 7 Results programme. Learn more about the administrative rules in the Government Gazette publications.



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