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Through the Energising Development (EnDev) programme in Kenya, SNV aims to accelerate access to appropriate, reliable and affordable energy services for households, businesses and social institutions, by establishing and strengthening supply and distribution of quality off-grid solar powered systems and clean cooking solutions. SNV is implementing the project in coordination with GIZ and other implementing partners.

The current phase of the project began in October 2019 and includes the following components:

Promotion of Solar-Powered Systems for Productive Use

Activities under this component facilitate access to appropriate, reliable and affordable energy services for 4,311 small scale businesses, by establishing and strengthening the supply and distribution of quality offgrid solar-powered systems. The project will provide support to distributors of solar systems for productive uses to facilitate market development. The project will enhance the supply and demand of basic/small scale standalone solar systems appropriate for productive use in business settings. Productive use entails solar-powered solutions (both electrical and thermal) which create or enhance income generating activities with small-scale businesses (both individual and enterprise set-up).

The project seeks to collaborate with existing value chains in energy and other economic sectors including agriculture, education, water and health. Examples of solar-powered solutions being promoted include but are not limited to solar-powered agricultural systems for irrigation, cooling and refrigeration, and agro-processing (e.g... drying, grinding, milling). Other business solutions may include solar-powered barber and phone charging kits, among others.

The Call for Proposals is open until September 2020, click here for more information.

Improving the Enabling Business Environment

Under this component, the project is driving sector coordination, advocacy/policy advisory including the development of standards for solar for productive use and support to enhance the enforcement of existing policies and regulations. This is achieved through collaboration with private sector-led industry associations, relevant government ministries and institutions, and through the facilitation of stakeholder engagement. Through the same channels, the project also supports awareness-raising and education on existing policy and standards to enhance enforcement and implementation by the respective stakeholders.

Cookstoves RBF Facility

The objective of this facility is to promote market development for the distributors of industrially manufactured cookstoves by providing financial incentives through a result-based financing (RBF) model.

The project collaborates with distributors (beneficiaries) of stoves approved for support under the project based on demonstrated distribution experience, market potential, qualifying stoves, capacity to implement, and commercially viable business models.

The results-based model rewards successful implementation and achievement of intended results. The project beneficiaries are required to pre-finance implementation and take full risk until delivery of pre-agreed results. The agreed upon results are based on the number of stoves sold to end users (households). The financial incentives are paid ex-post upon delivery and verification of the pre-agreed results.

The products that are supported include biomass and non-biomass stoves that meet the International Organization for Standardization-International Workshop Agreement Cookstoves Performance Tiers of Thermal efficiency Tier 2 and above; Emissions (carbon monoxide / particulate matter 2.5 ) Tier 1 and above; and Safety Tier 2 and above. Stoves qualifying for the RBF include firewood, charcoal, ethanol, briquette/pellets and electric stoves (induction cookers & pressure cookers). The project supports implementation of activities and sales reported in all counties in Kenya except those listed as marginalized and being supported under the Kenya Off-grid Solar Access Project  (KOSAP).

Applications for this project have now closed.

Cookstoves RBF facility fact sheet link here

Promotion of Cookstoves and Solar Powered Systems in Vulnerable Settings

As part of EnDev’s ‘leave no one behind’ approach, the Market Based Energy Access (MBEA) II Project provides clean, safe and affordable cooking and lighting solutions for refugees and the host community through a market-based approach in Kakuma Refugee Camp and Kalobeyei Settlement. For more information about this project, visit the MBEA II webpage.

Key facts



Achieve 100% universal access to modern energy services by 2030


Promote an enhanced business environment including support to develop standards for solar for productive use


Focus on market development for the distributors of industrially made stoves

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