SDG Results: Access to renewable energy (SDG 7 Results)

Is your organisation a business, NGO or financial institution and would you like to contribute to access to sustainable energy for those who live in developing countries? Your project could be eligible for support from the SDG Results: Access to renewable energy (SDG 7 Results) facility scheme. Payments for this opportunity will be made retrospectively and based on the number of people who have gained access to renewable energy technologies and/or services.

Submit your project idea (concept note) until 4 June 2019 12:00 pm.

Sustainable development goals

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with executer Netherlands Enterprise Agency (, uses the SDG 7 Results facility as a contribution to sustainable development goals achievements in developing countries. In particular SDG 7.

SDG 7: Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

In order to achieve the climate goals, the world needs to accelerate its transition to renewable energy. This means energy access for everyone who does not have a modern energy supply, while doubling the speed of energy savings, throughout the world by 2030.
A billion people worldwide have no access to modern means of electricity. About 3 billion people still use heavily polluted firewood and charcoal for cooking. Therefore, the government of the Netherlands aims to give 50 million people access to sustainable energy by 2030.
Additionally, the use of fossil fuels and non-sustainable biomass contributes significantly to climate change. Sustainable access to renewable energy services will support developing countries in their path to climate-friendly growth.

SDG 7 Results result areas

SDG 7 Results' objective is to give 2 million people in developing countries access to renewable energy. Projects should contribute to the following result areas:
  1. access to electricity in homes
  2. access to clean cooking in homes
The facility also contributes to the following additional goals:
  • low-carbon climate resilient development
  • less gender inequality, in particular with regards to women and girls
  • private sector development and employment
  • mobilisation of private investments in the decentralised renewable energy sector.

Focus of SDG 7 Results

SDG 7 Results is based on the following key principles:
  1. Payment will be made pending the achievement of the results that are specified in advance. In this case: individuals with access to renewable energy services according to agreed specifications.
  2. The results will be independently verified prior to payment. The results will be independently verified prior to payment. This will be done by an independent verification agent, procured and paid for by RVO.
  3. Grant applicants have a degree of flexibility in the way they achieve the results.

Conditions for participation

  • The project is additional to both the target market as well as the usual business operations of the grant applicant and would be too risky to implement without the grant.
  • The project proposal must focus on poor and vulnerable target groups, who cannot be reached without subsidies.
  • The key activity for the grant applicant is decentralised renewable energy.
  • The activities under the proposal must be carried out in a maximum of 4 years.
  • The applicant has at least 3 years experience in the proposed geographical market.
  • The applicant is financially stable and can demonstrate his ability to finance the activities.
  • The applicant has the relevant licenses for the target market prior to the grant application.
  • There are minimum service levels required for the products. For decentralized renewable electricity: tier 1 and for efficient and clean cooking tier 2 according to the Multi-Tier framework of ESMAP. For charcoal stoves, an exception is made regarding the attribute exposure, the emissions on CO will be acceptable at tier 1. Please check additional information in annex 2 of the policy document of this facility published in the Government Gazette and on this website.


The SDG 7 Results facility programme is open for activities in the following countries.


The SDG 7 Results programme comprises 3 consecutive phases:
  1. Project development
    Submit your project idea (concept note) until 4 June 2019 12:00 pm. An adviser will provide advice regarding your project idea. You can apply for the grant after this mandatory phase.
  2. Grant application
    Submit your project proposal together with the grant application. We will assess your application in consultation with the Dutch embassy in the country in question and after visiting the project. Applicants from focus countries can apply for support for development of their business plan and proposal writing. More information will be provided via this website prior to opening of the first tender.
  3. Implementation and follow-up
    Your application has been approved. You can now implement the project with the support of


To submit an application, you must follow the 2 steps outlined below:
Both steps require digital authentication (eHerkenning, 'eRecognition') using an eHerkenning token level 1. Please note that processing your request for an eHerkenning token will take at least 3 working days. Applicants from outside the Netherlands do not have access to eHerkenning, you can apply via the ePortal (eLoket).

1. Concept note

Grant applicants must first submit a concept note digitally through ePortal (eLoket) before 4 June 2019 12:00 pm. To do this, complete the digital form for the concept note and then submit the concept note as an attachment through the ePortal (companies registered with the KVK in the Netherlands can use eHerkenning, companies outside the Netherlands can use the ePortal).
You will receive recommendations from us regarding your concept note, as well as a CN number, within 6 weeks. You will need the CN number to submit the grant application once the first tender round has started.
An applicant is eligible to submit a maximum of 2 full proposals to the facility. There is no limit to the amount of concept notes an applicant can send us.
We strongly advise to submit your concept note as early as possible and not to wait until the deadline. Also, please note that processing your request for an 'eRecognition' token will take at least 3 working days.

2. Grant application

There will be 2 tender rounds: 1 in 2019 and 1 in 2020. The first tender opens on 1 July 2019 and closes on 27 September 2019 at 12 p.m. CEST.
Applicants from focus countries can apply for support for development of their business plan and proposal writing via an Expert pool. More information will be provided via this website prior to opening of the first tender.


The available budget for the first tender round is €11.25 million. Each project can apply for a grant of at least €250,000 and no more than €2.5 million.

Legislation and regulations

This programme is an initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with Learn more about the related legislation and regulations for this subsidy programme:

Frequently asked questions regarding SDG 7 Results

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