Green Mini Grids Kenya

Supported by the United Kingdom and the European Union, Kenya's "mini green network" project, managed by the French Development Agency (AFD), supports the private development of renewable energy mini-grids through state-of-the-art subsidies. investment and technical assistance to both the beneficiaries and the mini-grid sector. The French Development Agency (AFD) has selected Innovation Energie Développement (IED) in association with Practical Action Consulting and I-DEV, to act as a management entity for the operations of the program. After a call for projects launched in May 2017, in the first quarter of 2018, IED signed 3 grant agreements with private operators POWERHIVE, POWERGEN and REV.SOL. These first three agreements aim to connect 12990 connections (households, productive and social uses). For more information on the project, click here (

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SEPTEMBER 2017: Restitution workshop of the off-grid electrification Policy and Master Plan

IED is currently conducting the " Study to Establish an Off-Grid Electrification Enabling Environment" in Benin, funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC, USA) and aimed at setting up an enabling political, technical, institutional and financial environment to facilitate small private entrepreneurs’ involvement in the off-grid electrification sub-sector.

The Policy document and the off-grid electrification Master Plan were validated by the Steering Committee of the project on September 14th, 2017, in the presence of the institutional players of the electricity sector (ARE, DGE, SBEE, ABERME, ANADER). These documents will be soon presented to the Council of Ministers for official approval.

Rural Energy Master Plan (REMP) launch in Tanzania

6 April 2017 - The Rural Energy Master Plan (REMP) for Tanzania was officially started during the kick off meeting held in REA

The project implemented by the consortium of Multiconsult, IED and Tatedo aims at supporting energy sector policies and initiatives towards ensuring reliable and cost efficient energy services for social and productive use, rational and efficient use of energy, and energy conservation. Encourages development of available energy resources in rural off-grid areas and increased contribution of renewable energy sources in the national energy balance.
The overall objective of this assignment is to provide the Rural Energy Agency (REA), with an up-to-date tool for planning and implementation of rural energy provision meeting target set in the National Energy Policy, National Strategy for Growth and Poverty Alleviation (MKUKUTA) and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) goals. The plan is also aimed at exploitation and utilisation of renewable energy sources for improved energy supplies in the country.

DFID GMG Facility Kenya announced

2nd March, 2017 : The official announcement of the £30 million Green Mini-Grid Facility Kenya by AFD/DFID took place during the GIZ Solar mini-grid financing workshop organized by IED.

The first call for proposal is expected mid-March and is opened to private sector companies, as well as NGOs and local entities engaged in the development of Green Mini-grids (GMGs) in Kenya. The call for proposals is opened to project at different level of maturity: pre-feasibility stage, development stage and execution stage. More information will be available in the next few weeks. Check this site or or our brochure.

Launch Workshop for the Benin MCC off-grid project

6/12/2016 Launch workshop of the "Study for the setting up of a conducive environment to off-grid electrification in Benin".

IED and Practical Action Consulting started in November 2016 the Study for the setting up of a conducive environment to off-grid electrification in Benin, an integral part of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact, implemented by the Millennium Challenge Account-Benin II (MCA-Benin II) on behalf of the Government of Benin.

This study is one of two components of the project "Access to off-grid electricity", the second component being the implementation of an Off-Grid Electrification Facility amounting US $ 40 million, aiming at mobilizing the private sector. This is the most important funding ever granted by the US Government for Off-Grid Electrification outside its territory.

At the end of this study, Benin will have an Off-Grid Electrification Implementation Policy and Strategy, as well as an associated Master Plan and Regulatory Framework. An important capacity building component for the institutions concerned (DGE, ARE, ANADER and ABERME) is also planned.

The launch workshop was held in Cotonou on 6 December 2016 in the presence of the MCC's Resident Director and the Minister of Energy, Water and Mines who officially opened the workshop.

Presentation of the study in the ORTB evening news of the 06 December 2016 (play at 6 min 34 s):