Access to Energy

The African Development Bank (AfDB) to focus on Power

By on September 17, 2015 in Access to Energy, Development, Power with 0 Comments
The African Development Bank (AfDB) to focus on Power

The African Development Bank (AfDB) will focus in coming years on tackling Africa’s chronic power shortages to try to unlock its economic potential and end its vulnerability to fluctuations in commodity prices, its new president is quoted in a Reuters Africa report as saying. Though it boasts nearly a billion people, sub-Saharan Africa consumes about […]

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The Green Pioneer Accelerator Programme – East Africa

By on October 29, 2014 in Access to Energy, Info & Resources with 0 Comments
The Green Pioneer Accelerator Programme – East Africa

Growth Africa has partnered with VC4Africa and Hivos to offer a comprehensive program to take early stage enterprises from ‘market proof’ to ‘ready for investment’. This program offers a rare opportunity for ecologically innovative businesses to be taught by leading experts on how to build a case for investment, and be exposed to a network […]

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GVEP’S Gender focus Helping Women Break Market Barriers

By on September 23, 2014 in Access to Energy, Energy Efficiency with 0 Comments
GVEP’S Gender focus Helping Women Break Market Barriers

The implementation of a programme with integrated gender-specific components is allowing female entrepreneurs to break the mould in business areas that are notoriously impenetrable for women. Through extensive project experience and research on gender issues in entrepreneurship under the CARE2 initiative, GVEP is aware of the difficulties that women face when starting or becoming involved […]

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KIVA Loan Facilitates Growth of POWERGEN Micro-grids in Off-Grid Communities around Kenya

KIVA Loan Facilitates Growth of POWERGEN Micro-grids in Off-Grid Communities around Kenya

PowerGen, is a renewable energy company operating in Kenya to facilitate access to energy for off-grid communities. Originally through solar and wind solutions and now micro-grids, they are allowing communities to benefit from energy access as well as assisting to secure finance for its installation.     Working with GVEP’s advisory services team has enabled […]

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Crowdfunding to work as catalyst for the launch of modular solar product in the Tanzanian market

By on June 12, 2014 in Access to Energy, Solar with 0 Comments
Crowdfunding to work as catalyst for the launch of modular solar product in the Tanzanian market

Shamba Technologies has launched a crowdfunding space in an effort to raise capital to launch a distinctive range of solar products. Their aim is for their products to penetrate the BOP market and to allow off-grid families across Sub-Saharan Africa to buy and accelerate their energy access via modular solar units.   Created in 2009, Shamba […]

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Testing Distribution Strategies To Reach End Users in the Last Mile Across Uganda

Testing Distribution Strategies To Reach End Users in the Last Mile Across Uganda

High distribution costs in remote rural markets are a significant barrier for companies trying to reach populations at the base of the pyramid. Gaining access to end-consumers, often living in remote areas with little infrastructure, is costly and challenging. A pilot project is seeking to address this issue by building on existing distribution infrastructures across […]

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Off – Grid Lighting Companies Awarded Grants to Benefit Kenya’s Poor

Off – Grid Lighting Companies Awarded Grants to Benefit Kenya’s Poor

Eight off-grid lighting (OGL) distributors have been awarded grants in an effort to increase access to reliable and affordable OGL solutions for the Bottom of the Pyramid. The grant winners of a competition seeking to deliver financial support to eligible distributors of modern off-grid lighting products in Kenya were announced last month. The eight selected […]

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Innovative Biogas Business Model Gives Affordable Energy to Low Income Farmers in Central Kenya

Innovative Biogas Business Model Gives Affordable Energy to Low Income Farmers in Central Kenya

The scarcity of wood fuel and high cost of kerosene may no longer be a concern for many rural households in Central Kenya, thanks to a patent pending pay-as-you-go biogas business model that delivers a user friendly and affordable energy alternative to cooking and heating. Schutter Energy, a client of the Kenya Climate Innovative Center(KCIC) has […]

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GVEP Participates in the National Alliance’s Strategy Meeting to Strengthen Ugandan Cooking Stove Market

GVEP Participates in the National Alliance’s Strategy Meeting to Strengthen Ugandan Cooking Stove Market

Key stakeholders of the Uganda National Alliance for Clean Cooking (UNACC) met for a two day retreat to consolidate objectives and execute plans to increase distribution channels and improve the country’s development of the cookstove market. Representatives from the clean cookstoves, fuels and the wider renewable energy sectors, forming part of the National Alliance’s National […]

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