Author: Abu Kaiser

The Jatropha Plant – a Potential for Production and use of Biofuel

This project “Développement de référentiels techniques et économiques pourles filières d’accès à l’énergie àpartir de Jatropha en Afrique de l’Ouest’’ aims to ensure the socio-economic environmental and financial sustainability of Jatropha biofuel production chains in rural areas in Burkina Faso, Benin, Mali and Senegal. With support from funds, two pilot projects seek to improve the production of renewable energy, and access to productive and domestic energy in rural areas in the biofuel sector, based on Jatropha.

The objective is to confirm whether the use of Jatropha plants for biofuel is a good solution or not. Another purpose is to consolidate the technical, socioeconomic and methodological frameworks across these countries through the construction of a network. Here, family farmers in the agro fuel sector can exchange experiences and capitalize on them. The last objective is to improve the regulatory framework for access to energy policies in favour of biofuel chains, and the development of rural districts in West Africa.

After three years of data collection, data analysis, and the establishment of standards, the Jatropha Network produced a film to present two Jatropha production initiatives in Mali. It shows the main achievements of these sectors and the challenges they face. Watch it here.

A final workshop, to exchange experiences between participants, was held in Bamako on June 23 and 24, 2015. The workshop was organised in collaboration with ADECIA.

For two more films click here and here.

For more information on the project, please visit the ACP-EU Energy Facility Database.

262-519 Meunier utilisant une machine fonctionnant lhuile de Jatropha en substitution au gasoil
A miller using a machine operating on Jatropha oil as a substitute for diesel.

262-519 Meuniers utilisant une machine fonctionnant lhuile de Jatropha pour moudre du karit Nampena Mali
Millers using a machine powered by Jatropha oil for grinding shea in Nampena Mali.

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The Delegation is saying hello to the row of highly recognised people from the municipality of Yorosso.

New Projects Contracted for Fragile States

A new call for proposal for fragile states, under the ACP-EU Energy Facility II, was launched at the beginning of 2014. The funding, with a budget of EUR 15 million, is dedicated to fragile states and will help beneficiary partner countries to tackle energy challenges. As a result, 9 new projects have been contracted. Some projects are already under implementation and others are about to be initiated. The projects aim to increase access to energy in rural and peri-urban areas in Mali, Somalia, Burundi and Liberia.

The table below provides an overview of the 9 projects. To read more about each project click on the links to visit the ACP-EU Energy Facility database.

Number Project Title Country
1 Augmenter et consolider l’accès aux services d’électricité modernes dans les régions de Ségou et Sikasso, par le biais de kits photovoltaïques et mini-réseaux hybrides solaire PV-diesel et sur la base du modèle «Fee for service»  


2 Somali Energy Transformation (SET) Project Somalia
3 Amélioration des conditions de vie des enfants et de leurs familles grâce à un accès à des services énergétiques modernes, propres et abordables dans 30 communautés pauvres du cercle de Kita au Mali  


4 Service d´Électricité Solaire avec des Microréseaux en Afrique / SESMA-Burundi Burundi
5 Electrification des zones rurales au Burundi à travers la mise en service de 2 micro et 2 mini centrales hydrauliques, le renforcement photovoltaïque, l’extension du réseau rural, la connexion au réseau national, le renforcement des capacités locales  


6 Light Up Liberia Liberia
7 Light Up Our Futures Liberia
8 Accès à des services énergétiques modernes et durables au Mali Mali
9 Rural Electrification by Photovoltaic solar systems of 30 secondary schools and 20 clinics Burundi

New Projects Contracted under the ACP-EU Energy Facility II

The ACP-EU Energy Facility II supports projects aiming to increase access to modern, affordable and sustainable energy services for the rural poor in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. A second call for proposals under the ACP-EU Energy Facility II, with a budget of EUR 55 million has recently closed. The result is 22 new projects, targeting rural electrification, that have just been contracted.

The projects aim to provide better access to energy services for people living in rural areas, and take place in East -, West -, and South African countries. The projects concern different technology sectors within energy production, such as solar PV, PV/diesel, grid extension, hydro, biomass and biogas.

The table below provides an overview of the projects and the targeted countries. To read more about each project click on the links to visit the ACP-EU Energy Facility database.

Number Project Title Country
1 JIRO KANTO Madagascar
2 Electrification Rurale Décentralisée des Provinces du Ziro et du Gourma (ERD ZIGO) Burkina Faso
3 Access to energy services in rural and peri-urban areas in Northern Uganda (Teko Wa Project) Uganda
4 Eco-Electrification dynamique dans le Nord et le centre-nord du Burkina Faso Burkina Faso
5 «Développement de l’accès à un service électrique durable pour 50,000 personnes vivant dans des villages pôles de développement de MATAM – KANEL – RANEROU – GOUDIRY – BAKEL, très éloignés des lignes électriques»  


6 PROGRES-Lait: Programme Régional d’Extension de l’Horizon des Opportunités de Valorisation de la Chaîne de valeur Lait par l’Accès aux Services Energétiques durables Mauritania, Senegal
7 Production décentralisée d’électricité et Valorisation de l’Electrification Rurale pour l’Agriculture et le Développement Rural au Cameroun (Plan VER) Cameroun
8 Scaling up access to modern electricity services on a regional scale  in rural Sub-Saharan Africa by means of a fee for service business  model Cameroun, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Uganda
9 “Micro Power Economy, Tanzania Roll out” Tanzania
10 Sustainable Energy for Rural Communities (SE4RC) Malawi, Zimbabwe
11 Développement durable par les énergies renouvelables  (DPER-Sud Est Sénégal) Senegal
12 Scaling –up rural electrification using innovative solar  photovoltaic distribution models Uganda
13 Hydroelectric Energy for 20 Isolated Rural Villages in the Ludewa District, Tanzania Tanzania
14 Promoting Renewable Energy Services for Social Development in Sierra Leone (PRESSD-SL) Sierra Leone
15 Programme Rhyviere II – (Réseaux hydroélectriques villageois, énergie et respect de l’environnement) Madagascar
16 Projet d’électrification de 16 villages en zones rurale et périurbaine dans 10 communes de la Région de l’Extrême-Nord du Cameroun Cameroon
17 Mwenga Hydro Rural Network Extension into the Kihansi Basin Tanzania
18 POWER KIOSK: Scaling-Up Rural Electrification in Kenya, Ethiopia and Madagascar Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar
19 Solar PV Mini Grids for the Rural Towns of Areza and Maidma and Surrounding Villages in Eritrea Eritrea
20 Prepaid Energy – Rent to own solar home systems (off-grid) Rwanda
21 Programme d’Implantation et de dissémination de Biodigesteurs dans les zones rurales du Sénégal (PIDB) Senegal
22 Solar Power Community and Scholar Lighting Project  Leshoto

Solar PV Light is Beaming through Schools in Rural Kenya

In Kenya, the Community Based Green Energy project, implemented by the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) and partners, is performing well and is demonstrating progress and good results. The project aims to increase access to modern, affordable and sustainable energy services for 407,792 households, through 138 schools and health centers and 69 community-based groups in rural and peri-urban areas.

In particular, the primary target groups are poor and vulnerable women, children and youth groups who have no access to modern and sustainable energy supplies in these areas.

Among the good results obtained so far is the completion of 88 Solar PV lighting systems for schools. The bright and clean light contributes to an improved learning environment and progressively for an improved school performance for marginalized children in the 88 schools. In addition, 3 schools were installed with water heating components. 41 out of 48 targeted health facilities have been installed with solar PV lighting systems, as well as solar PV refrigeration systems that have resulted in improved drug storage.  Also, the installation of solar PV water pumping systems and greenhouses will contribute towards an eventual rise in incomes for low-income women groups in rural areas.

By the end of October 2014, the project has reached out to cumulatively 292,139 people living in rural and peri-urban areas in Kenya.

For more information on the project, please visit the ACP-EU Energy Facility Database.

See images from the project below.

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Testing CB-GEP supplies – Solar panel, April 2013

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Testing CB-GEP supplies – Water pump, April 2013

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A community mobilization forum in Isiolo, Nov 2012

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Community members during community mobilization in Kitui, Nov 2012

Bambadinca has the Largest Hybrid PV-Diesel Mini-grid in the World

The project “Programa Comunitário para Acesso a Energias Renováveis”, that take place in Guinea-Bissau, has come a long way since its initiation. The project aims to ensure quality, reliable and sustainable access to electricity to the centre of semi-rural Bambadinca using renewable energy sources. The project seeks to improve the living conditions of the local households, the local commerce and the performance of institutions (schools, hospitals and local administration).

During the project, a photovoltaic hybrid system with a 312 kW capacity for power generation, as well as medium and low voltage network for the transmission of electricity has been established. As a result, Bambadinca has the largest hybrid PV-Diesel mini-grid in the world, sized to supply electricity 24 hours a day to about 8,000 inhabitants of Bambadinca. The system appears as a technical solution to the problem of lack of access to energy services in semi-rural centres of Guinea-Bissau and West Africa.

Today, after 3 months of functioning, more than 250 clients are connected to the mini-grid, including 190 households (2000 inhabitants), 60 businesses and 10 public institutions.

On March 4 2015, the opening event of the Community Energy Service for Bambadinca will take place in Bambadinca village.

Please follow the link to watch two short videos from the project.

For more information on the project please visit the ACP-EU EF Energy Facility Database.

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July 2013 – THESIS-BAMBA

The Achievements of the PAMENU project in Uganda

The PAMENU project financed under Energy Facility I reached out to many people. The project aimed at reducing poverty and improving the quality of life for people living in rural areas of Northern Uganda, by providing energy services to rural households, social institutions (schools, health centers, prisons, etc.) and small and medium enterprises in the targeted areas.

PAMENU focused on increasing the use of solar PV, improved cook stoves and micro-hydro power for small grids. The project activities included among many: dissemination of solar PV, capacity building for intermediaries, dissemination of improved stoves, training of local stove builders, awareness campaigns and dissemination, development of Micro Hydro Power, installation of MHP and mini-grid, etc.

Results and Impact of Providing Access to Modern Energy in Uganda

The PAMENU project has ended and reached very good results and impact on its beneficiaries. The project expected to reach 1 million beneficiaries but ended up realising 29,500 beneficiaries more than expected. Also, as a result of the increased access to energy and the ensuing economic growth 7,662 jobs were created.

The PANEMU project has indeed been responding to the needs of the rural communities in Northern Uganda, where there is a lack of fuel-wood, and where there are no immediate plans for national grid extension, so that low-cost off-grid or mini-grid solutions are needed. The project has also been very efficient within the stove component where targets for dissemination of stoves to households and social institutions have been more than achieved. Ultimately, the increased access to energy has had a positive impact on reducing health problems, creating businesses, increasing household incomes, and improving the quality of life and security for both men and women.

Watch the video showcasing the success story of the PAMENU project in Uganda here.

For more information on the project please visit the ACP-EU EF Database.

See images from the project below

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Bringing Solar Power to Tsumkwe

The Tsumkwe Energy project took place in the Otjozondjupa Region of Namibia from 2008-2012. Tsumkwe is Namibia’s largest off-grid settlement and home to the indigenous minority of Namibia’s San community. The closest electricity grid access point is 300 kilometers away. The settlement is not scheduled for grid electrification within the next 20 years. The objective was to facilitate the supply of electricity through a solar-diesel hybrid energy source.

In 2012, Tsumkwe had about 700 permanent residents and function as a service provider to the greater 3,000 member San community from surrounding areas. Prior to the project, the electricity supply network was weak and caused frequent power interruptions and damage to electrical appliances, which interrupted water supply and other essential services to the settlement.

In January 2012, Namibia’s largest solar PV-diesel hybrid system with generators, PV system, inverters and batteries, was inaugurated in Tsumkwe. The community now has access to 24 hour electricity, which also improved the water supply. Over 36 new streetlights have been installed and the electricity supply network was expanded with an additional 60 households connected to the mini-grid.  Over 700 energy efficient lights have been distributed since 2010 to selected residents. Also, a prototype solar charging kiosk was installed for charging electrical lanterns and mobile phones for those residents that are not connected to the central mini-grid.

For more information on the project please visit the ACP-EU EF Database.

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Image 1: Tsumkwe Energy project staff erecting project billboard.

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Image 2: Tsumkwe Energy – Energy Efficiency Training, April 2009.

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Image 3: Solar PV

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Image 4: Solar kiosk in Tsumkwe.

More Light for the Rural Poor in the Dominican Republic

The project “Facilidad Sur Solar”, in the South of the Dominican Republic, is achieving great results by implementing affordable energy services based on renewable energy for lighting, water purification and refrigeration in very poor communities. The beneficiaries are individuals and families at the threshold of extreme poverty and with little access to basic services.

Through the project, families get access to lighting in homes from the installation of solar panels managed by community enterprises, and access to a system for water purification for human consumption. Families are able to reduce the use of firewood and charcoal through the use of efficient stoves. Schools get access to energy for night illumination, including new technologies and refrigeration for food preservation. Also, micro entrepreneurs can get financial support to expand their service offerings through the installation of solar powered freezers.

As a result, 12,616 people are currently benefitting from access to light in households and schools, cooling in schools and micro businesses, and efficient cooking facilities in households. 770 households have access to improved cooking facilities, and 508 households and 25 schools have received electrical lighting.

For more information on the project visit the ACP-EU Energy Facility Database.

Falicidad sur solar - Jos Batista beneficiario de un sistema de iluminacin solar en la comunidad La Cinaga San Juan

Photo 1: José Batista, beneficiary of a solar lighting system in the community La Cienaga, San Juan

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Photo 2: Technician at work during a follow-up visit

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Photo 3: One of the hired masons for the construction process of clean stoves

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Photo 4: Micro entrepreneur from the community of La Cucarita with a new freezer funded by the South Solar Project

Stove Construction and Tree Nursing in Uganda

This Energy Facility II project targets rural households in the Kitgum and Pader Districts in Northern Uganda. The aim is to increase the use of Efficient Stoves  among households, and increase tree planting practices and environmental awareness among households and school children. It is not enough to construct the stove or plant a tree without learning how to manage them.

The key is to enhance the recipients’ knowledge and skills on stove construction and energy efficient cooking, of increasing tree cover and variety, and increase access to tree seeds and seedlings among communities.

Since the project inception, 11,556 Efficient Stoves have been constructed. Several households have testified to having less smoke, faster stove lighting and heating. Before, a household would consume three headloads of firewood in one week but with the Efficient Stove one headload of firewood can last a week. The project has significantly increased access to a variety of tree seeds and seedlings among communities, and distributed many of the seedlings raised to households. 36 community members have been trained in tree nursery bed operations including preparing of the planting grounds, and proper tree planting and management. 10 of those trained have picked up the interest, and have established their own tree nurseries, and benefit from a high demand for tree seedlings in the project areas.

For more information on the project please visit the ACP-EU EF Database.

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Image 1: CERPs demonstrating to participants on the use of RLS and FSS during World Environment Day Commemorations at Pader Town Council grounds

275-289 A newly constructed Rocket Lorena Stove

Image 2: A newly constructed Rocket Lorena Stove

275-289 Management and protection of the planted seedlings

Image 3: Management and protection of the planted seedlings

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Image 4: One of the demo plots in a school with trees protected

The Sun Pays for Alternative Energy Products in Timor Leste

Solar energy products are illuminating rural and peri-urban districts of Timor Leste. The Energy for All (E4A) project targets 15 communities by facilitating access to energy solutions and development of sustainable market systems. One of the market systems is for solar energy products. Household solar energy is one of the major components for this project implemented by Mercy Corps.

During the project intervention the number of rural businesses in the solar energy market expanded extremely rapidly, from five businesses at the end of April 2013, to 26 businesses by November 2013. All 26 businesses that are selling solar energy products have completed business and financial management training, and technical training. Further, 135 community members received national-level certification after training in “installation and maintenance of solar PV systems”. Since that period sales from the energy businesses have soared in Timor Leste. Today, Mercy Corps estimates that 6,824 households have purchased solar energy products from the new businesses.

The local people who purchased the solar energy products quickly experienced the benefits. They have doubled the amount of light in their homes, reduced kerosene and candle expenditure, reduced the kerosene smoke and hereby decreasing health issues, and families can save the money to send their children to school. As a local in one of the communities said “With electricity or kerosene we have to pay, but with these products the sun pays”.

Besides household solar energy, the E4A project in Timor Leste is also working with three other major components i.e. community energy project; clean cookstoves; and forestry activities (tree planting). All of these have been implemented and managed with great success and effectiveness.

For more information on the project please visit the ACP-EU EF Database.

See images from the project below.

264-697 A woman in Ainaro district shows the two D.Light S10 solar products her household has purchased

A woman in the Ainaro district shows the two D.Light S10 solar products her household has purchased.

264-697 Caption Energy for All allows children to study at home after dark without the health risks associated with using kerosene

Energy for All allows children to study at home after dark without the health risks associated with using kerosene.

264-697 Caption Energy for All has transformed the quality of life of thousands of rural households across Timor-Leste

Energy for All has transformed the quality of life of thousands of rural households across Timor-Leste.

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Lourdes Rodrigues, 15, studies at night with a solar lamp her father bought through a connection to Dili-based suppliers.