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

Mibawa Supplies Limited is a Kenyan enterprise working to provide solar products to customers who cannot afford the high upfront costs associated with ‘one-off’ payment products. Selling the IndiGo product from Azuri a cost-effective pay-as-you-go alternative they are working to scale –up their distribution outlets and expand their reach across Kenya.

Karara SUARL

 A business that GVEP is supporting under the ESME programme has had its Environmental and Social Management Frameworkand Environmental Management plans approved. An Independent Evaluation committee was satisfied that the plans adhered to and corresponded with both social and environmental policies already in place.


PowerGen, is a renewable energy company operating in Kenya to facilitate access to energy for off-grid communities. Originally through solar and wind solutions and now micro-grids, they are allowing communities to benefit from energy access as well as assisting to secure finance for its installation.

io solar block product in use

Shamba Technologies has launched a crowdfunding space in an effort to raise capital to launch a distinctive range of solar products. Their aim is for their products to penetrate the BOP market and to allow off-grid families across Sub-Saharan Africa to buy and accelerate their energy access via modular solar units.


A company that uses mobile money to sell solar power in Tanzania is one of the winners of this year’s Ashden Awards – the yearly prize that awards pioneering sustainable energy enterprises and programmes across the world.

High distribution costs in remote rural markets are a significant barrier for companies trying to reach populations at the base of the pyramid. Gaining access to end-consumers, often living in remote areas with little infrastructure, is costly and challenging. A pilot project is seeking to address this issue by building on existing distribution infrastructures across various channels.

GVEP has carried out a week of specialised training sessions on business and project management for 20 entrepreneurs interested in exploiting and developing the Pico Hydro sector across Rwanda.

Ideas to Impact

Ideas to impact is a new programme from the UK Department for International Development,(DFID) designed to stimulate and influence innovative solutions to challenges in climate change adaptation, energy access, and water & sanitation for the world’s poorest people.

Kenya Programme Manager , Belinda Mills and Joseph Nga'nga sign and agreement

Eight off-grid lighting (OGL) distributors have been awarded grants in an effort to increase access to reliable and affordable OGL solutions for the Bottom of the Pyramid.

Entrepreneurs being trained on new cookstove designs

Through the Spark Fund Project in Kenya, GVEP has been working with local stove entrepreneurs to develop new biomass (wood & charcoal) cookstove designs for domestic use. The new stove designs will offer greater efficiency, reduced emissions, and improved safety and durability compared to other local existing models.