The capacity building project “Renforcement du CLUB ER” financed through Energy Facility II, aims to accelerate the sustainable development of rural electrification in Africa. This is done through the development of an African network of expertise and exchange of best practices as a tool for lobbying and advocacy, in the field of rural electrification for capitalizing on experiences.
The project "Sustainable Energy Service for Rural Isolated populations through Micro-grids based on renewable energy on the island of Santa Antao (Cape Verde)" was a collaboration between several partners from both academia, the private and the public sector. The intend was to improve the electrification of the isolated communities of Tarrafal and Monte Trigo in Cape Verde.
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.