ENEA combines economic performance with social engagement in a hybrid model creating new values: advising public and private leaders worldwide about energy transition while doing volunteer work with social entrepreneurs and NGOs. This commitment to energy access is embodied in the "ENEA Access" program that comprises three pillars:


Pro bono consulting for social entrepreneurs and NGOs selected through calls for projects.

Development axis

Specialised services for private companies, national and international public authorities, and funders of energy access across the world.

Knowledge sharing

Sharing information through the publication of research articles and feedback reports.

ENEA Access program

Over 1.3 billion people across the world do not have access to electricity and 2.6 billion people still rely on the use of biomass for cooking. As a lever for economic and human development, energy access is one of the major challenges of the 21st century at both the individual and national level.

With this challenge in mind, each year ENEA launches a Call for Projects to support not-for-profits, NGOs, technology developers and social entrepreneurs in developing their energy access initiatives in Africa or Asia. To achieve this objective, ENEA has committed to providing each selected project with 30 - 50 days of its consulting services on a pro-bono basis.

This year, ENEA is engaging in energy access pro-bono support through the “Energy Access Booster”, a program launched in 2018 in partnership with Total, SEForAll and Acumen. The "Energy Access Booster" 2020 offers support to entrepreneurs in the field of energy access in Africa and Asia focusing on clean cooking and small-scale waste to energy projects.

Why do we do this? It's simple. ENEA works with both big and small Energy Access actors all around the world. Some of the smaller actors potentially have exactly the type of local impact we're looking for but don’t have the budget to pay for normal consulting fees. ENEA Access Call for Projects was created to identify the world's best impact-driven energy access projects and to provide them with the support they need to be successful!

ENEA Access offer

Each selected project receives 30 - 50 days of consulting services provided by ENEA Consulting, representing a value of up to €60,000.

Depending on project maturity, these services may span all phases of a project's development:

  • Performance of feasibility studies, market studies and technology benchmarks to fine tune your project design
  • Analysis and creation of business models / business plans to define your positioning
  • Strategy definition, performance of techno-economic analyses, process management
  • Environmental and socio-economic impact assessment to add value to your project with potential donors
  • Support to fundraising, through development of investment pitches

Note: Selected companies are responsible for travel fees (flights and visa), accommodation fees (housing) and meals for on-the-field missions for ENEA consultants.

Please note the eligibility criteria for the selection of the projects in the energy access booster page.

Project Portfolio

Discover the laureates from ENEA Access Call for Projects 2017 and 2018 (on-going projects):

  • Village Industrial Power (VIP) (India) designs, manufactures and distributes biomass-fueled combined heat and power solutions for the agricultural sector in Kenya and India. ENEA Consulting will support VIP to refine its market study of the dairy sector and to define the go-to-market strategy for its new micro dairy solution in India.
  • InspiraFarms (Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa) designs and markets solar chillers for isolated agricultural areas, in order to reduce food losses and energy costs and support local farmers economic development. ENEA Consulting will support InspiraFarms in analysing and structuring an innovative business model in Kenya.
  • Phenix Recycling (Tanzania/Kenya/Uganda) provides sustainable waste management and recycling services for East African companies. ENEA Consulting will support Phenix Recycling in measuring the environmental and social impacts of its operations.
  • Three Wheels United (India) provides a financing service for three-wheel electric vehicles, in order to reduce pollution in Indian cities while improving the lives and financial inclusion of drivers. ENEA Consulting will support Three Wheels United in selecting the electric vehicle charging model and developing the company's expansion strategy.
  • New Sun Road (East Africa) develops a platform to monitor and control frontier power systems such as solar microgrids and critical infrastructure systems. ENEA Consulting's support will consist of a market and business analysis to shape developement opportunities of New Sun Road's IoT solution in East Africa.
  • Sun Culture (Kenya) designs and sells solar-powered drip irrigation kits for smallholder farmers. ENEA will support Sun Culture in its commercial and distribution strategy for their new RainMaker product.
  • Nanoé (Madagascar) designs, manufactures and develops nano-grids to provide access to electricity to small groups of households and small businesses. ENEA will challenge and improve Nanoé’s operational model in order to help the firm reach scale.
  • Agsol (Australia/Kenya/Tanzania) manufactures solar powered agro-processing machines for off-grid farmers. Agsol is launching in East Africa in 2018, and ENEA will help design the firm’s East Africa market entry strategy.
  • Millennium Microgrid (Tanzania/US) develops, and finances micro-grid projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. ENEA will examine the energy and energy services needs of households and small business, in Millennium Microgrids proposed new microgrid sites.
Discover a sample of projects that have benefited from ENEA Access pro-bono consulting services in the following document:


Energy Access Booster

ENEA Consulting along with 3 partners, Total, SEForAll et Acumen, is proud to propose a second call for projects dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs operating in energy access in Africa and Asia focusing on:

  • Clean cooking
  • Small-scale* waste-to-energy

*small scale means projects used for non-industrial purposes (e.g. for waste-to-power a maximum installed capacity will be ~500KW).

Clean cooking

Small-scale* waste-to-energy

The call for projects was launched at the Clean Cooking Forum on November 5th, 2019 and closed for applications on December 13th, 2019. The selection of the successful applicants is scheduled to take place by the end of January 2020, and the support will be provided for up to 14 months following their selection.

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The winners of Energy Access Booster 2018

Access to reliable, affordable and clean energy is United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7. Achieving it means providing electricity to 1 billion people and clean cooking systems to 3 billion people worldwide by 2030.

Five African entrepreneurs were selected to receive the inaugural “Energy Access Booster” awards. The winners were announced during the Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa conference, held in Kigali, Rwanda on November 7th and 8th, 2018.

The awards are being presented to entrepreneurs who are implementing energy access projects in Africa, with a focus on four sectors: green mini-grids, sustainable mobility, refrigeration, and energy for drinking water and agriculture.

The awards are being sponsored by TOTAL, ENEA Consulting, Acumen and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL).

The 2019 selected entrepreneurial companies are:


Operating in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia, Agsol is a product development company replacing laborious hand labor and diesel machines in rural areas with solar-powered agricultural transformation equipment.

Kivu Green Energy

Operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kivu Green Energy is developing solar mini-grids in eastern DRC.

Mucho Mangoes

Much Mangoes operates a solar mango drying unit in Kenya and is planning to develop a cold storage facility using thermal energy storage technology to reduce post-harvest losses and increase incomes for 200 mango farmers.

Solar Freeze

Solar Freeze markets solar-powered refrigeration solutions to Kenyan farmers based on a micro-franchising approach.

Sunny Irrigation

Operating in Kenya, Sunny Irrigation is developing solar irrigation pumps for small- scale farmers through a Pay-As-You-Go model.

« We have been greatly impressed by the companies that applied to the Energy Access Booster and look forward to working with them to increase access to energy. We wish them all the success they deserve » said the panel.

The winning entrepreneurs were supported in their development in the purpose of reaching the investment stage. They have received strategic advisory consulting support and/or a financial contribution of up to $50,000 per entrepreneur, operational/local support, and visibility of the project.

The organisers are pleased with the first results of this initiative, and look forward to working together in the future to support energy access entrepreneurs.

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