Case Studies

Call for Case Studies on Access to Energy
The evaluation process of the best projects has been concluded and these are the results!

Award "Energy Access" to Green energy for 24 isolated villages in the district of Phongsaly in Northern Laos. Presented by Electriciens sans Frontières

Award "Energy Access and Nutrition" to Locally made cleaner cooking stoves create jobs & save trees. Presented by Concern Universal

GDF SUEZ Special award "Energy4Women" to Mpanta solar mini grid project. Presented by Kafita Cooperative Society

The projects "Barefoot solar mamas of the world", "Luz en casa", "SNV’s multi-actor biogas sector development approach" deserve a Special Mention award.

Prize winners

Green Energy for 24 isolated villages in the the district of Phongsaly in northen Laos

For several secluded rural very isolated Laotian villages there are no plans for connection to the national grid, the main objective of the project was to develop the capacity of villagers to have long-term collective access to electricity, on an independent basis. In partnership with local players we implemented hydro generators in 24 villages.

Locally made cleaner cooking stoves create jobs & save trees

Small rural groups, mainly women, trained to produce 25,000 appropriate fuel efficient stoves. Local promoters trained in social marketing for 97% stoves uptake and use. Community forest management enabled. Alternative sustainable business created for fuelwood traders. Larger stoves and woodlots at health centres. Solar PV in remote schools.

Mpanta Solar Mini Grid Project

Provision of electricity to Mpanta through the installation of a 60kw photovoltaic mini-grid supplying a radius of 1.5km. 24h electricity access compared to previous use of traditional energy sources. Tariff based on estimated fixed monthly rates with circuit breakers installed to limit overloads. The system managed by the Kafita Cooperative.

Honorable mention

Barefoot Solar Mamas of the World

This project has: i) trained illiterate rural women through learning-by-doing in 6 months to solar electrify their villages; ii) solar electrify villages in 35 of the Least Developed Countries as identified by the UN; iii) demystify and decentralize the installation and maintenance of solar technology and put it in the hands of poor communities.

“Luz en Casa”, access to sustainable electricity for human development

“Luz en Casa” program demonstrates the feasibility of the rural electrification, with solar home systems, under terms of economic sustainability and affordability to low-income households (3,900 up to now). It is being developed in Peru, in isolated and dispersed communities of Cajamarca where the extension of the national grid is not planned.

SNV’s multi-actor biogas sector development approach

Since 1989, SNV supported countries to provide access to household digesters through a market-based approach. By June 2014, about 620,000 digesters were installed in 19 countries providing 3.5 million people with sustainable fuel and organic fertiliser. The capacity of 2,000 local organisations was built instilling ownership and sustainability.