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.

The SDG7 Results facility will open soon. You can submit your concept notes as from 5 April 2019.

Sustainable development goals

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with executer agency 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. Some 3 billion inviduals still use heavily polluted fire wood 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 good position of 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.
  3. Grant applicants have a degree of flexibility in the way they achieve the results.

Conditions for participation

  • The project proposal must focus on poor and vulnerable target groups, who cannot be helped without subsidies.
  • The key activity for the grant applicant is decentralised renewable energy.
  • The applicant has at least 3 years experience in the proposed geographical market.
  • The applicant is financially stable and can demonstate his ability to finance the activities.
  • The applicant has the relevant licences for the target country prior to the grant application.
  • The project provides added value to both the market as well as the grant applicant, and would be too risky to implement without the grant.


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). 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.
  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 2 or 2+). If you do not have access to eHerkenning yet, you can apply for this on the eHerkenning website. Please note that processing your request for an eHerkenning token will take at least 3 working days.

1. Concept note

Grant applicants must first submit a concept note digitally through eLoket,'s web portal. Complete the digital form for the concept note and submit the concept note as an attachment through the eLoket portal. The form for the concept note will be published on this website on 5 April.

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.

2. Grant application

The start date of the first tender round has not yet been determined and will be published on this website. There will be 2 tender rounds: in 2019 and in 2020. The exact date of the first tender round will soon be announced on this website.

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.


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 legislations and regulations in the Government Gazette of 5 April 2019.
•    Policy rules: will be announced soon.


SDG 7 Results concept note 2019: will be added on 5 April 2019.

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