The ACP-EU Energy Facility 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. With the first Energy Facility (EFI), 74 projects were contracted for a total amount of €196 M, with total project cost of €430M. A second Energy Facility (EFII), with a total budget of €200 million, has been established for the period 2009-2013. A €100 million call for proposals, launched in November 2009, resulted in the selection of 65 projects for funding.
The Monitoring of the ACP-EU Energy Facility has two main purposes:
The present website emphasises the dissemination of project results. It will allow to:
For more information on the Energy Facility Projects please visit the ACP-EU EF Projects Database.
For more general information on the programme please visit the EuropeAid website.
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.
The projects implemented under EF 1 covered a variety of activities – from large scale transmission projects, to off-grid solar PV projects, to capacity building, to name a few. Continuing with our look at some of the successes from EF 1, below is a brief description of a project which successfully combined business enterprise training with energy products to enhance energy services across three countries.