Our work

Specific programmes and competitions help us meet the needs of energy entrepreneurs providing them with investment, business plan advice and the impetus to develop and improve their businesses.

Recent strategies and partnerships include:

Capital Access for Renewable Energy Enterprises (CARE2) programme, supporting the growth of a sustainable market for renewable energy, focusing on energy micro, small and medium enterprises in East Africa.

The Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (CIC), providing business incubation services – including small grant and investment capital, business advice, access to information and workshop, laboratory and office facilities - to climate technology start-ups.

Supporting energy SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa, a $30 million programme providing technical and financial assistance to small and medium enterprises in East and West Africa.

Loan guarantee fund encouraging the flow of credit by underwriting loans to energy businesses.

Business plan contests to award financial and technical help, such as the IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest and the Access to Clean Energy Challenge East Africa, run in tandem with the BiD Network.

Developing Energy Enterprises Project (DEEP) training and supporting over 900 micro entrepreneurs in East Africa with basic business skills, accessing capital, improving their technical knowledge and helping with marketing and distribution plans.

Partnership with Azuri to support the establishment of pay-as-you-go solar power in Rwanda. Funded by USAID, programme aims to deploy solar home systems in Rwanda and provide a template for future deployment of PAYG solar lighting systems in other countries with low access to electricity.

Improving the performance and quality of locally manufactured efficient cookstoves in Kenya. With funding from Spark Fund (an initiative of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves), GVEP is providing support to a number of high potential cookstove businesses in relation to technical capacity building, better product design and manufacturing practices. GVEP is also looking at establishing a seed fund for producers to invest in necessary expansion activities.