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Stay abreast of the latest news from the energy sector and GVEP’s activities.

LPG cylinder

Ideas to Impact, the DFID-sponsored programme that supports research and development in climate technologies for development, is launching a call for proposals for high-value alternative uses for substandard cylinders, so that they can be recycled and removed from LPG distribution channels. The winning ideas will be awarded $40,000.

SteamaCo is unlocking one of the key barriers to making micro-grids investable

Recognising their outstanding role in bringing smart and energy efficient technologies to rural areas, the two companies won awards, along with nine other pioneering sustainable energy organisations, at a prestigious ceremony in London on 11 June 2015.

Award-winning renewable energy company PowerGen is providing distributed energy services to yet another remote community through a 1.5kW solar mini-grid. The project is funded by a grant from the Kenya Climate Innovation Centre with GVEP playing an advisory role. Over the last two years the company has set up 24 community-scale micro-grid systems and has developed a pipeline of over 25 community projects throughout East Africa.


An entrepreneur in Eastern Rwanda, that received training in business development and renewable energy technologies from GVEP, is coaching his wife to take on their solar phone charging business and barber shop.

Ideas to Impact panel at EU Dev Days

The Ideas to Impact team hosted a panel discussion or “project lab” at the EU’s annual Development Days event in Brussels on June 3rd-4th.

SE4ALL forum in New York

Senior leaders from government, business, finance, civil society and international institutions gathered in New York for the second annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum (SE4All), pledging to step up concrete progress on the twin challenges of energy poverty and climate change.

Redavia solar panel

Redavia, a company providing low-cost energy from redeployable solar farms, has teamed-up with GVEP to roll-out leasing of mini-grids model for agro processing companies and communities in Tanzania.

Two London-based designers have developed a light source that operates with the helping hand of gravity.

Solar Now outlet in Uganda

SolarNow, an asset finance company specialising in renewable energy solutions, is powering low income households, small businesses, hospitals and schools in rural Uganda through an innovative 24-month payment model and a 2 year service warranty approach. The company has recently secured investment to expand operations and help meet the huge demand for high-quality solar technology in East Africa.

Innovative energy access projects are increasingly turning to crowdfunding to address their financing need. But what do we know about the effectiveness of this tool to kick-start projects in developing countries?