Results of ENEA Access 1st Call for Projects 2017

After receiving over 50 applications of energy access projects from 24 African countries, the ENEA team is pleased to announce the results of its 1st 2017 call for projects. Following the selection process , the 3 selected projects are:

  • 1001Fontaines (Madagascar): this French NGO founded in 2004 has developed an entrepreneurial model to give access to safe drinking water to rural populations in Cambodia, India and Madagascar (400,000 beneficiaries today). In Madagascar, where 14 water stations have been installed, the NGO needs to find complementary revenue sources to be profitable in the long-term: developing a hybrid water/energy model is one of the options considered. ENEA will support 1001 Fontaines to assess the potential and feasibility of such a hybrid kiosk model (water/energy) in Madagascar.
  • The GravityLight Foundation (Kenya): this UK-based charity founded in 2013 with one fully owned operating subsidiary in Kenya (GravityLight Kenya Ltd), has designed a light powered by the lift of a weight that provides instant and limitless light (no battery, charging or sun). 6,000 GravityLights have been sold so far but detailed market research is still on-going to build the go-to-market strategy for each of the targeted market segments. ENEA will support The GravityLight Foundation to build a long-term distribution strategy and define a funding strategy to “become investment ready”.
  • Jokosun (Senegal): this French-Senegalese social business founded in 2016, provides SHS and financial services to off-grid households and small-businesses in rural areas in Senegal (M’Bour region in a first phase). Its differentiation strategy mainly relies on the fact that it enables third party investors, offers pay-as-you-go systems and modular solutions, and wants to address the battery end-of-life management issue. ENEA will challenge Jokosun business model and support them in setting solar batteries recycling chain from collect to valorization, as well as define structured commercial processes.

Each of these 3 organizations will benefit from 35-100 days of pro bono consulting; depending on the maturity of the project and the needs identified during the call for projects process with the help of ENEA’s team. In order to design solutions suitable for energy access constraints, the ENEA consultants will work close to the project developers and their beneficiaries by spending more than half of the pro bono consulting days on the field.

ENEA would like to thank all the candidates and all the members of the energy access community who have contributed to the success of this call for projects.

We urge all project holders who have not been selected this year to re-apply to our 2nd call for projects 2017 to be launched in June, provided that assistance is still needed.

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