Access to Energy Fund Program
Projects 2019/2020

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The 2019/2020 edition has a budget of € 500,000. The projects submitted funding applications from € 25,000 to € 100,000.

The Fund will assume project costs: up to 75% of the total for nonprofit entities; and up to 50% of the total for for-profit entities.

Find out more about the projects:

Energy & Education

Project Promoter:

Salesians of Don Bosco

Nigeria, Onitsha Anambra state

Improvement of lives of poor, vulnerable youths, women & girls by providing access to solar energy to enhance economic development on poor communities in Nigeria.

Regular power outages compel institutions to rely on diesel powered generators. Not only the costs with diesel, but also the noise and air pollution these generators release has proven detrimental to the health of people.

The Don Bosco TVET center in Nigeria promotes technical and vocational education to young students. Having a total of 2770 people are directly affected by the regular power outages in the center. Trainings, water supply and other activities have been immensely affected by the lack of regular power supply.

Through the provision of solar energy for regular power supply the TVET Centre and the development of a solar workshop will greatly enhance training and education of young solar technicians, boost learning at the secondary school, limit unnecessary difficulties in the activities of young people and generally improve the productivity of the center.

Moreover, the establishment of solar energy facilities at the Center will allow enormous cost savings, enhance environmental health, improve living standards and reduce joblessness, through to the support of small-scale enterprises in the solar energy production and installation.

Find out more about Salesians of Don Bosco Nigeria.

Power Installed: 10 kWp

Beneficiaries: 2.700 direct and 7.000 indirect

Expected outputs:

  • Develop a solar power/renewable energy Workshop 
  • Enhancing training and education of young solar technicians (electricians and electrical solar system experts)
  • Substantial savings on diesel generators that can be applied in other activities of the Center.

Status November 2020:

  • The solar facilities installed 
  • Solar workshop established with learning materials
  • Community outreach conducted
  • Training pending due to the COVID-19 preventive measures
  • Execution rate: 80%*

Disclaimer: The implementation rate is calculated based on the specific objectives activities for each project. Most of those objectives are set from the acquisition and implementation phase of the energy systems.



Project Promoter:

Center Narovinu Kenya

Kenya, Rusinga Island (Lake Vitoria)

Solar Energy for Island of Hope

Island of Hope is a community center in Rusinga Island taking care of orphans, vulnerable children and poor families, and has been operational for the last 15 years providing direct services to more than 600 families in this island that has been isolated for a very long time in terms main services like electricity, roads, clean water for drinking and many other basic services deemed necessary in the modern society. Electricity got its footprint in the island just 5 years ago with more than 95% households still not connected. The average electricity blackout in the island is 4 hours per day.

Connecting their computer lab to solar system will ensure that students classes won't be interrupted by electricity black-outs. Being a Non-Profit organization, using renewable energy will also drastically reduce Center Narovinu operational costs and monthly electricity bills. The project will directly benefit 450 students currently in the school and a staff of over 60 people that works on a daily basis in the center. This is the only school in the island that has a computer lab, and their intention is to use the lab to provide paid up services like computer trainings for the locals and internet services. This will demand constant supply of energy to enable better services.

The project consists on the installation of solar panels in series/parallel connection. In its full capacity the proposed system will provide effectively the energy needs of the targeted areas of the project thus eliminating the need of mains electricity.

The computer lab will work full 8 hrs. from Monday to Saturday and this will increase the number students that will register for the computer classes and Island of Hope will also be able to diversify the services that they can offer from the computer lab to the community members. The paid services to be offered from the computer lab will be priced in manner that Center Narovinu can raise funds for the project but also be very affordable to the community members.

Find out more about Center Narovinu Kenya.

Power Installed: 20 kWp

Beneficiaries: 510 direct and 1400 indirect

Expected outputs:

  • Energy for 11 classrooms, Administration block and Computer lab (50 computers)
  • Set-up of an internet business for the community
  • Reduction on the energy bill (grid and generators)

Status November 2020:

  • Community meetings held
  • Construction of the Powerhouse
  • Installation of the Solar System
  • Testing undergoing
  • Execution rate: 95%*

Disclaimer: The implementation rate is calculated based on the specific objectives activities for each project. Most of those objectives are set from the acquisition and implementation phase of the energy systems.





Project Promoter:

Dandora Dumpsite Rehabilitation Group (DADREG)

Kenya, Dandora slums, Nairobi

Powering DADREG Community Training Centre

In Dandora slums, majority of youth work in the toxic dumpsite because they lack skills to compete with others in the job market. Due to poverty, youth drop out of school to work in the dumpsite. There are no Centres in Dandora where youth could access skills for gainful employment. There are also no public spaces around where children and young people could spend their time reading or engaging on issues that are important to the community. Dandora slums lack enough schools to accommodate many children from poor families. 

In order to provide space where young people out of school could receive vocational and entrepreneurship skills, Japanese, Irish and Germany Embassies in Nairobi- Kenya provided funding to DADREG to construct a Community Training Centre and equip the Centre with equipment and tools required to undertake trainings. The donated equipment would need to be powered as most of the courses that includes computer studies, welding, electrical, hairdressing, tailoring and plumbing requires power for practical lessons and during lectures.

For the project to become sustainable means that there is need to have a self-sufficient, cheap & interrupted power supply which can power the Centre, enabling the youth to access skills for gainful employment, providing student space to study or do their homework, while also offering the community a space for interaction. This can only be made possible through the use of renewable green energy that will make DADREG to sustain the community projects for a long time without worrying about the electrical bills that will be unsustainable given the organisation is a non-profit.

Find out more about DADREG.

Power Installed: 15kWp

Beneficiaries: 6.800 direct and 24.620 indirect

Expected outputs:

  • 980 youth will access vocational & entrepreneurship daily12 classrooms in 2 schools with electricity
  • 1.200 studying at DADREG community center access lighting for education, and, cooking their meals so that children don´t go scavenge for food in the dumpsite
  • 74 young people will have space to do activities (acting, dancing, singing) at night
  • 120 community members with space for meetings during the evening
  • Reduce the electricity invoice in 70%

Status November 2020:

  • Expansion of the training center completed
  • Community meetings held
  • Solar PV system assembling undergoing
  • School closed due to the COVID-19 preventive measures
  • Execution rate: 60%*

Disclaimer: The implementation rate is calculated based on the specific objectives activities for each project. Most of those objectives are set from the acquisition and implementation phase of the energy systems.


Energy & Health


Project Promoter:

Aga Khan Health Services

Tanzania, Aga Khan Hospital, Mwanza

Solar Switch Mwanza

Hospitals are dependent hugely on life saving equipment – from small to state-of-the art to help care for patients. All this equipment relies on power, making energy supply very important for hospital staff and patients. Inconsistency in supply can damage expensive medical equipment or delay treatments, which can inversely impact patient care.

The Aga Khan Medical Centre, Mwanza (AKMC,M), which recently expanded and upgraded to a hospital level, suffers frequent power outages every month that sometimes  last for up to eight hours.  This not only impacts patient care, but results in additional and excessive use of fossil fuels to run the generators for longer periods. On average, the Centre uses and burns approximately 1,440 litres of diesel which costs over €1000 every month. 

The project proposes installation of solar panels to generate electricity for the hospital.  Consistent supply will prevent damage to equipment and disruption of services for patients, protect the environment and reduce energy costs. The project will help the Aga Khan Hospital, Mwanza become more productive and efficient, which has measurable and important positive impacts on staff and patients and the community.

Find out more about Aga Khan Health Services.

Power Installed: 40 kWp

Beneficiaries: 1 million users per year
Expected outputs:

  • Generate reliable, sustainable and clean energy to maintain access to high standard of care for patients
  • Reduction of the energy costs (electricity and diesel)

Status November 2020:

  • Set up of a Steering committee
  • Procurement completed, and vendor selected
  • Structure Reinforcement works completed
  • Equipment delivery delayed due to the COVID-19 
  • Execution rate: 45%*

Disclaimer: The implementation rate is calculated based on the specific objectives activities for each project. Most of those objectives are set from the acquisition and implementation phase of the energy systems.



Energy & Water & Agriculture


Project promoter:


(Unicef Spain)

Malawi, Nsanje, District of the southern region of Malawi

Climate Resilient Water Supply System for Schools and Communities in Nsanje

Many children today, including those who spend most of their time in school, unfortunately do not have access to safe water and remain exposed to diseases like diarrhoea, dysentery and cholera. Providing adequate and quality water in schools is critical to our efforts to reduce the burden of disease and promote education. And water supply is among the factors contributing to low school attendance and retention levels.

In Malawi, only 82% of schools have access to safe water, and it is estimated that over 30% of the improved water points are not even functioning, thus reducing effective coverage.  The majority of population and schools rely on groundwater, with most of wells provided with hand pumps that are not suitable for deep well settings. 

With this project UNICEF aims at improving access to safely managed water to communities and schools. The solar powered water system is a reliable, sustainable, user friendly and green technology solution for rural communities, and with adequate storage, offers additional benefits to the water users:

  • Access to safely managed water supply, improved ease of use for women and children
  • More time for other activities for women
  • Freedom for children to go to school and study
  • No pollution from burning of fossil fuel

Find out more about UNICEF (Spain).

Power Installed: 1.8 kWp

Beneficiaries: 6.000 direct

Expected outputs:

  • 2 boreholes are built
  • 2000 children in 2 primary schools have access to safe water
  • 4000 people in surrounding communities have access to safe water
  • 2 management water committees created, and 4 members of the communities trained operators


Project promoter:

Kar-Geno Centre for Hope

Kenya, Mabinju village, Siaya County

Introduction of Sustainable Irrigation Scheme in Mabinju

In Mabinju, agriculture is the main economic activity, where 95% of households rely on it for subsistence and income. Farmers depend on rainfall to irrigate their crops. During the region’s two rainy seasons, March through May and October through November, agriculture is able to sustain the village population. 

Approximately 40% of agricultural output is consumed by farmers’ families for subsistence and 60% is sold for extra income and to diversify diet. All Mabinju farmers currently rely on rainfall for agricultural irrigation. Assuming that agricultural output during the rainy season is 100%, then the dry season’s output is just 10% to 20% for farms situated on the shore of the lake, and even lower for farms farther from the lake.

Kar Geno' main goal for this objective of this project is to implement the first solar-powered drip crop irrigation system in order to irrigate at least 30 acres of farmland, which would benefit 210-240 households (approximately 1000-1200 people), of Mabinju’s farming population. An irrigation system could increase agricultural production during the dry season by 90% to 110%.

Find out more about Kar-Geno Centre of Hope.

Beneficiaries: 1.200 direct and 3.000 indirect

Expected outputs:

  • 10 drip irrigation schemes and 2 water tanks for 10 farmers’ clusters
  • 1/3 of households’ farmland in Mabinju Village covered
  • Improvement of farm yields, income increase and food security
  • Benefit the most vulnerable segment of the population

Status November 2020:

  • Community meetings held
  • 10 water tanks constructed and installation undergoing
  • Equipment purchased, pending delivery
  • Execution rate: 15%*

Disclaimer: The implementation rate is calculated based on the specific objectives activities for each project. Most of those objectives are set from the acquisition and implementation phase of the energy systems.



Project promoter:

VIDA - Voluntariado Internacional para o Desenvolvimento Africano

Mozambique, Djabula community, Matutuine District

Improve the quality of life in the Matutuine District, through food security, reforestation and income generation

VIDA is implementing a project to transform the Djabula Community Development Center (CDCD - Centro de Desenvolvimento Comunitário de Djabula) into an Environmental Experimentation Centre and new reference in agroforest systems and reforestation. Nowadays, Matutuine is expose to severe climate change and year after year they have registered a decrease of rain during the rainy season, which affects directly the agriculture, the main activity for the local families.

In this project, VIDA intends to improve the CDCD condition to achieve the objective defined. With a solar panel system, they will install a drop by drop irrigation system in the forest nursery, giving the possibility to improve the efficiency of water use and production of native trees for reforestation and food security. On the other hand, with access to energy they can offer more and diverse information, by using documentaries projection during community workshops. Also gives them the possibility of permanent access to information through computers. With energy at the multipurpose building, the workers (artisans) can use electronic tools to improve their production and increase their value.

VIDA also intends to reactivate the Honey House, where local producers can bring their honeycombs for a semi-industrial extraction, giving them more income than using the traditional methods. 

Find out more about VIDA.

Power installed: 2.25 kWp

Beneficiaries: 25 direct and 4.060 indirect

Expected outputs:

  • Increase of plant production at forest nursery
  • Water Pumping
  • Increase production of honey
  • Access to information about forestation, agroforest, systems and food security

Status November 2020:

  • Installation of the solar panel system at the Centro de Informação and at the Multipurpose building of CDCD 
  • Workshop on Natural Resources Management for Teachers and Technicians from the Local Agriculture Services held
  • Training for honey producers undergoing
  • Execution rate: 20%*

Disclaimer: The implementation rate is calculated based on the specific objectives activities for each project. Most of those objectives are set from the acquisition and implementation phase of the energy systems.



Project promoter:

aQysta BV

Malawi, Blantyre, Zombas, Thyolo districts 

EASI-WATER, EASI-PAY: Enabling Malawian smallholder farmers to approach farming commercially

Farming in Malawi is challenging. Over 80% of the population has its own farm and depends on it for its food and income. The rainy season is most important as farmers grow their staple food: maize. Farming during the dry season is only a possibility for those whose land is situated along a river, lake or irrigation canal. Most farmers, however, do not practice dry season irrigation due to the high financial risks involved in pumping when using diesel or solar pumps (risk of losing pre-investment in case of harvest failure).

The proposed project will enable 250 smallholder farmers to practice irrigated agriculture during the dry season (cash crop cultivation) and rainy season (supplemental irrigation of staple crops) by means of this innovative irrigation technology. The Barsha Pump is a hydro-powered water pump (generating a pressure equal to 100 W or 72kWh per month) that lifts water from rivers or canals by only using the energy present in the water flow. The Barsha Pump has the capacity to pump water up to 40 meters high, or up to 2 km inland, and distributes the water over farmers' land through drip irrigation.

The Barsha Pump addresses the financial constraints of farmers as the equipment is leased through Pay-As-You-Harvest or Pay-As-You-Use while the pump does not incur any operational and maintenance costs. In addition, farmers that make use of the Pay-As-You-Go schemes are provided a guaranteed off-take of their produce and receive free advice about optimal pump use and crop management.

Find out more about aQysta BV.

Beneficiaries: 250 direct and 2.000 indirect

Expected outputs:

  • 50 Barsha pumps and 50 irrigation kits installed
  • Installed renewable capacity of 3.600 kWh per month, based on an installed renewable energy capacity of 6 kW that can be used 24/7
  • Each Barsha pump prevents the emission of 0.8 t CO2/year
  • Up to 150% farmer income
  • Creation of 15 jobs

Status November 2020:

  • Site feasibility and promotional activities conducted
  • 150 smallholder farmers interested in purchasing pumps
  • Training in green innovation, irrigation and water management for all interested farmers 
  • 14 pumps already purchased and installed
  • Delay in pumps shipment due to the COVID-19
  • Execution rate: 40%*

Disclaimer: The implementation rate is calculated based on the specific objectives activities for each project. Most of those objectives are set from the acquisition and implementation phase of the energy systems.