The ACP-EU Energy Facility (EF) was established in 2005 to co-finance projects on increasing access to modern and sustainable energy services for the poor in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, especially in rural and peri-urban areas. Following the successful implementation of the first EF, it was decided to create a second one. A total of Three Calls for Proposals have been made under the EF: one under the 9th EDF (EUR 196 million) and two under the 10th EDF (EUR 100 million + EUR 25 million top-up). A total of 140 projects were selected and successfully managed under the first two Calls for Proposals for a total project budget of about EUR 600 million. Most projects of the first Call for Proposals have now ended or are about to be finalized. The projects from the second Call for Proposals are currently under implementation and a few of them have ended.
Danish Energy Management has been granted the contract of providing technical assistance for the monitoring of the Energy Facility’s projects.
The purpose of the contract is as follows:
The present website emphasises the dissemination of project results. It allows to:
Contribute to the quality in implementation through the dissemination of results, success stories and lessons learned from the Energy Facility projects;
Foster contacts and exchanges of experience between projects.
For more information on the EF Projects please visit the ACP-EU EF Projects Database.
For more general information on the programme please visit the EuropeAid website.
The project "Rural electrification program based on renewable energy sources" was proposed and carried out to contribute to the development of poor rural areas in the Dominican Republic through electrification. The purpose was to promote the sustainable use of different forms of renewable energy, to improve peoples' quality of life and reduce the dependency on oil.
Education has played an important role in many of the EF 1 projects. This has ranged, for instance, from educating beneficiaries on different aspects of energy efficiency, to building capacity of local and national decision makers, to enabling the provision of electricity in schools. The project from Malawi highlighted below involved a number of educational aspects which together led to improvements in access to energy and in local livelihoods.
There are a number of different ways in which EF 1 projects improved access to modern energy services. For instance, some provided direct access to energy products for unserved populations, such as solar home systems and improved cook stoves, whereas others were focused at the institutional level, such as improving capacity for energy related policy improvements or industry. The project highlighted below was able to impact both directly through the construction of biogas plants and more broadly through building the capacity in the biogas sector in Kenya.