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Energy Access Fund

We are committed to promoting Access to Energy:

Approximately 789 million people still lack access to electricity and about 3 billion people rely on wood, charcoal, crop waste and coal for cooking and heating based.

Access to clean, affordable and reliable energy is vital for social and economic development and to power sustainable growth. It is needed to improve livelihood in developing countries, ensuring access to clean water, cooking and health care. Sustainable energy also powers agriculture, commerce and industry, thus creating prosperity, jobs and opportunities. Likewise, addresses environmental degradation and tackles climate change.

As a reference electric utility and our vocation of openness to the world and sustainability, we are committed to promoting Access to Energy (A2E) in developing countries, focusing on remote regions and rural areas with no connection to the electricity grid, and helping communities to break their poverty cycle.

About the Energy Access Fund (A2E) Program:

Starting as a CSR initiative, turned into a Program “A2E – Access to Energy for Development” focused on social investments, commercially-viable projects and consulting services.

In 2018, we defined new strategic guidelines and a new vision for A2E: to promote sustainable energy for all, as a profitable A2E operator in the off-grid rural emerging market, centering its efforts on investments in A2E companies, complemented with CSR activities, namely the set-up of the A2E CSR Fund, aimed at alleviating energy poverty by supporting sustainable and clean energy projects in remote rural areas.

The A2E Fund Program is aimed to alleviate energy poverty by supporting sustainable and clean energy projects in developing countries.

results of the fund so far
general numbers of the access to energy fund

3rd edition of A2E

The projects for this edition were already selected. We look forward to implement great projects in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria and Rwanda.

Find out more about the projects, and stay tuned for updates.

Past editions

Find out more about A2E Fund program past editions and get to know all the projects supported by EDP.

We believe that the future is electric and renewable, and that sustainability can make a difference in the lives of many people who are in remote locations without access to energy.

Therefore, we have 500 thousand euros to invest in sustainable and clean energy projects in developing countries, which help to alleviate the energy poverty of our planet.

In this edition, we will support projects that are located in Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Angola, and Rwanda.

 

Activity areas

Projects must address one of these areas of activity:

Access to energy areas
Áreas de atuação Fundo A2E
Áreas atuação A2E

Find out more about the projects

Energy & business

 

OffGridBox in refugee camps in Rwanda

Rwanda in 6 refugees camps: Kigeme, Mahama, Nyabiheke, Gihembe, Kiziba and Mugomba 

Refugees and host communities in Rwanda lack access to energy as well as to purified water. They use mostly candles and disposable batteries to light their homes and use biofuels or coal to boil the water before they can drink it. This all leads to environmental degradation, and high costs.

OffGridBox will install 6 OffGridBoxes in the 6 refugee camps in Rwanda, providing refugee households with a solar powered battery pack, 3 led lights, a phone charger and a clean branded jerry can. Customers will be able to recharge their 40Wh power bank to light 3 lights for 4 hours, charge their phone or power small electronic equipment, plus collect 5 liters of purified water each time. For this package refugees  only pay a small fee, either in a PAYG set up for each time they recharge their power bank, or through a monthly subscription.

This solution will reduce time, effort, and costs, and will have very positive health benefits. The project will also use part of the 12kWh of energy produced per day, to provide energy for productive use activities, like carpentry, welding, cold storage, and food processing

Power Installed: 20,16 kWp (3,36KWp x 6 sites)
Beneficiaries: 12.000

Expected outputs:

  • Provide access to renewable energy and clean water for 12.000 people
  • Creation of jobs for 12 BoxKeepers, 6 security guards, 6 delivery people
  • Set up 24 small businesses, which use the OffGridBox energy - 24 self-employees
  • Reduction of CO2 emissions, related to replacing batteries/candles by solar powered battery packs and reduction in use of biofuels used for boiling water
  • Improved health conditions, especially for children, due to availability of clean water
  • 240 shops (40 per box) receiving additional income from the sale of our bottled water
  • Gradually scale up income generating activities using energy, for and with the refugee population and host community

Find out more about OffGridBox.

 

Koolboks: a sustainable model to finance off-grid solar refrigerators to female fish traders in Nigeria.

Nigeria, Lagos

The average fish trader in Ijora market in Nigeria loses 30% of their product daily due to a lack of affordable, reliable refrigeration. Because the grid is unreliable, traders supplement with diesel generators, which are harmful for the environment and expensive, spending roughly $4 every 2 days on fuel to run the generator. Solar refrigeration could be a potential solution to ensure fish traders have access to consistent refrigeration; however, the up-front costs are prohibitive.

In June 2020, Koolboks ran a pilot program to test consumer response to the Koolhome refrigerators. This campaign was targeted at women fish traders in Ijora market in Lagos because of the many challenges they face in preserving their fish and other highly perishable goods. Over the course of the campaign, Koolboks recorded a high demand for the KoolHome freezers aided with PAYG financing from their asset financing partner, Sterling Bank.

This project aims to scale the Ijora Market pilot program by providing affordable cooling solutions to over 120 female fish traders and other frozen goods (chicken, etc.) with 150 solar-powered Koolhome refrigerators in 8 markets in Lagos.

Power Installed: 15 kWp
Beneficiaries: 120 direct and 150 indirect

Expected outputs:

  • Substantial savings on diesel generators
  • Improve the livelihoods of 120 new customers and their families
  • Avoid food spoilage
  • Catalysing Investment - by facilitating the entry of two core financing partners: Sterling Bank and Charm Impact

Energy & water and agriculture

 

ColdHubs: Solar powered walk-in cold rooms for women fresh fruits and vegetables growers and vendors, to store food and increase income.

Nigeria, Delta State

In Nigeria, an estimated 93 million farmers, food supply chain actors are affected by post-harvest losses. This spoilage is caused by high ambient temperature and humidity, which accelerates the natural fungal and bacterial decay of agricultural produce. The lack of suitable, well-designed on-farm and off-farm cold storage facilities, together with unreliable electricity supply restrains these small-scale farmers and vendors from extending the shelf life of crops.

Besides economic losses, production inputs such as fertilizers, irrigation, and pesticides are wasted if they are used to produce crops that cannot be sold. This unnecessarily inflates the environmental load of farming in Nigeria, leading to consequences such as decreasing soil quality, biodiversity loss, and drought.

The project aims to install, commission, operate, and maintain 3 ColdHubs100% solar-powered walk-in cold rooms (with dimensions 10 feet in length, 10 feet in width, and 7 feet in height) each holding, storing, and preserving 3 tons of food per day, in 3 high potential food consumption clusters in Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria. These locations are outdoor food retail markets and horticultural produce aggregation centers dominated 100% by women smallholder farmers and retailers.

The cold rooms will eliminate food spoilage, enabling women smallholder farmers and retailers, to store and preserve fresh fruits, vegetables and other perishable foods 24/7, extending their shelf life from 2 days to 21 days, increase their income and have more safe, nutritious food available for local consumption in Nigeria.

Power Installed: 18 kWp
Beneficiaries: 300 direct and 1.200 indirect

Expected outputs:

  • 3 new ColdHubs installed and commissioned, in large food consumption centers of Nigeria, to serve 300 business women (100 per Hub)
  • Increase the income of 300 women farmers, retailers, and wholesalers by 50%
  • Creation of 6 new jobs for women
  • Increase the quality of 3,285 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables (nutrition and food safety)
  • Save 3,285 tons of food from spoilage per year, representing 9 tons of food saved per day
  • Avoid at least 57,816 kg of CO2 emission

Find out more about ColdHubs.

 

Luwire Wildlife Conservancy: Improving quality of life, education, and food security for the remote Manhuri community in Niassa, through provision of basic infrastructure benefitting from sustainable solar power.

MozambiqueL7, Niassa Special Reserve

Luwire is shifting to a carbon-neutral, sustainable solar energy model to reduce environmental impact, as well as ongoing running costs. As part of this approach, Luwire will provide basic solar power access for the Manhuri village, a remote community with a population of 380 people that historically had no access to electricity. Luwire will be enhancing and rebuilding basic infrastructure needs for the community such as the old health clinic that has recently collapsed, as well as building the protected agricultural area with fence, borehole, and community center.

The electrification of the classroom will open evening classes for adult literacy and additional artisanal courses, offering education and money earning opportunities especially for women working in the fields during daylight hours. A power upgrade for the health centre, will create potentially life-saving light for nighttime emergencies. It will also allow for a refrigerator to store medications, and a basic water treatment unit.

Currently, this community takes part in illegal, unsustainable, and inefficient practices such as slash and burn, and streambank farming on the Lugenda River. Crops adjacent to a river and within the boundaries of a wildlife conservancy are a recipe for potentially dangerous human-wildlife conflict, as farmers will risk their lives to protect the crops. A PAU (Protected Agricultural Unit) will improve crop outputs, ensure year-round access to irrigation, and allow for crop diversification, and eventual cultivation of cash crops. The solar powered, open-air community center will be an additional enticement for the farmers to shift their traditional methods to more sustainable and efficient practices. This protected and solar-powered agricultural area will be the pilot project, with equivalent PAU’s being rolled out across four more communities within Luwire. Eventually ensuring all farmers and their crops are fully protected and Luwire’s greater community of over 5,000 people benefit from enhanced food security.

Power Installed: 8.58 kWp
Beneficiaries: 380 direct and 1.000 indirect

Expected outputs:

Education:

  • Consistent light in the school, allowing for teaching after 6pm
  • Local adult literacy levels rise from zero to basic reading and writing within a six-month period, starting with initial class of 30 students

Healthcare:

  • Ability for patients to be seen at local Manhuri clinic, especially at night, reducing strain on next closest clinic that sees over 1.000 patients each year
  • Ability to refrigerate medications and vaccines, allowing for treatment of broader range of ailments
  • Access to purified water for cleaning wounds and drinking
  • Increase number of women giving birth at the clinic by 15% due to the ability to treat patients at night

PAU:

  • Agricultural outputs double because farmers can plant and harvest second crop in the dry season
  • Reduction in rate of wildlife crop raiding by 80%
  • 50% reduction in erosion along the Lugenda riverbank within three years of building PAU
  • Increased attendance at agricultural trainings by 50%
  • Host at least 20 community events (such as weddings and festivals) within the first year of completion

Find out more about Luwire.

solar panel

 

Viva con Agua de Sankt Pauli: sustainable water supply for Catuane.

MozambiqueCatuane – Matutuine district

Mozambique is suffering from a large amount of poverty; 44% of its people don’t have access to a basic water supply and 71% of its people don’t have access to basic sanitation. Those in Mozambique’s rural areas are the communities most negatively affected by the water crisis. 

In the community of Cassane, in the south of Mozambique (Catuane Administrative Post), there are 350 families including children attending Cassane Primary School, who are facing a water problem in their everyday life, currently drinking unsafe and unhealthy water. In this area, the water demand of the population depends on natural water sources (such as ponds and rivers) that are often not healthy and secure. 

Generally, as traditionally women or kids are in charge of providing water for their families, they have to walk miles to reach the water. As a result, most of them lose the chance of education. Daily challenges and time allocation to source drinking water kill the chance of many people to have any other activity (e.g. time with the family, generating income, leisure time) and business in Cassane.

Fortunately, the part of the world that lacks access to drinkable water resources is the one that receives most solar energy. Therefore, to address this issue, Viva con Agua, together with its partner Grino, will provide a sustainable and affordable solution, a solar based battery-free desalination system. The Photo-Voltaic Reverse Osmosis (PVRO) is a proper solution for the water crisis in remote areas and the most reliable technology for desalination.

The water will be provided for free for the school and part of the produced water will be sold by a responsible person at an affordable price to the local community. The project not only will have a positive impact on health but also children will have more time for school and will receive multiple health and sustainability teaching supported via educational materials.

Power Installed: 12 kWp
Beneficiaries: 1.500 direct and 1.000 indirect

Expected outputs:

  • Safe and clean drinking water for 2.500 people (1.500 direct and 1.000 indirect) in this community
  • A system independent of other energy and water resources
  • Access to free water for 750 students, and an affordable price for 750 people to buy clean water
  • Save crucial time usually spent to find water (for students and adults)

Find out more about Viva con Agua.

Energy & education

 

ADPP Angola: renewable energy for efficient teacher training in two Teacher Training Colleges in Angola.

Angola, Catabola (Bie province) Menongue (Cuando Cubango)

In order to change from diesel generator with high fuel and maintenance costs and high CO2 pollution, ADPP aims to change to solar energy systems with very low running costs and very low CO2 emission at two teacher training colleges (TTC). Modern electrical energy is a must for efficient teaching using computers, access to internet, TV, capacity to charge telephones and other devices as well as water pumping and light. The teacher’s trainees are frontrunners in development in the society. By giving them access to green electricity there is a higher chance for them to bring solar energy solutions to the rural communities.

One of the schools is ADPP´s TTC in Cuando Cubango, in the southern part of Angola where a new solar energy system will be installed which will secure a long-time use estimated to + 10 years. The second school is the TTC in Catabola, Bie which has had solar energy installed since 2012 but is now in need of an upgrade. The school presently runs diesel power for a few hours in the evening and some solar power in the daytime. The project will test existing equipment and replace the batteries, sending the current ones for recycling.

With installation of decentralized solar energy systems, providing steady electricity 24h a day, the project will improve the quality of the classes taught to many pupils in the rural areas.

Power Installed: 46,4 kWp
Beneficiaries: 480 direct and 2.000 indirect

Expected outputs:

  • Two Training Colleges fully running on solar energy
  • Substantial savings on diesel generators
  • Improved training of 420 high quality teachers

Find out more about ADPP Angola.

teacher writing on a school black board

 

DAPP Malawi: creating job opportunities to vulnerable rural youth through installation of clean and sustainable Solar energy.

Malawi, Mikolongwe, Chiradzulu District

Due to power blackouts and high electricity bills at Mikolongwe Vocational Training School, it is very vital that little by little they change from power dependency to solar energy which is more sustainable compared to the national grid and other pollutant alternatives. 

Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) Malawi will construct a solar energy system at Mikolongwe Vocational Training School that will help to address power shortages at school and will provide a quality and safe training and learning environment for the school’s 500 boarding students and the school surrounding community. This will not only provide invaluable learning and training opportunities, but will also increase the number of training hours, improve training capacities, energize student’s talent, and develop IT skills, and access to internet. The community will also be able to use the school as a learning center about Solar energy which can be scaled up to the surrounding communities in a near future.

Once the school achieves the improved access to sustainable solar energy, it will become the leading provider of vocational skills training in Malawi, capacitating and empowering young Malawians to create employment, generate income, and reduce poverty. In addition, Solar power will help in mitigating the effects of climate change and global warming.

Power Installed:24 kWp + 24 kWh storage
Beneficiaries: 1.000 direct and 10.000 indirect

Expected outputs:

  • Enhanced training and education
  • Access to reliable clean safe drinking water at school and access to irrigation water for school gardens
  • Self-sufficiency on electricity supply
  • Awareness of local communities of the potential of solar PV energy for electrification and productive use in Agriculture

Find out more about DAPP Malawi.

man working in electricity

Access to Energy Fund Program

Sustainable Development Goal 7

The EDP Energy Access Fund is part of our commitment to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG), defined by the United Nations, which aims to ensure reliable, sustainable and modern access to energy, at an affordable price for all.

SDG 7 - affordable and clean energy

Past editions

Find out more about A2E Fund program past editions and get to know all the projects supported by EDP.