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National Biogas Programme of Ethiopia

In order to provide a cleaner and safer source of energy for rural communities, a national programme was initiated to develop a domestic biogas sector in Ethiopia. By supporting private demand and human resources capacity building, the programme helped stimulate a market whereby end-users were supported to buy biogas plants from private suppliers. Over 13,000 smallholder farming families took the opportunity to install biogas digester plants.

Microfinance for Solar Home Systems

The Bangladesh Solar Homes Programme aimed to expand energy access in the country, in line with the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. The country has a great number of homes which are not connected to the grid, and decentralised energy solutions were seen as a good way to electrify rural areas. The programme was providing demand subsidies and concessional microloans, making solar energy installations affordable for households. As a result of the programme, Bangladesh has the fastest growing off-grid solar PV home system program in the world.

Rural Energy Development Programme

The Rural Energy Development Programme of Nepal has introduced renewable energy services to isolated, rural communities in some of the most remote parts of the country. The Programme has been providing demand subsidies for the building of micro-hydropower installations, as well as installation of modern cooking stoves, in order to improve economic performance, health and quality of life. The initiative, driven by the central government, has been providing incentives for hydropower with budget subsidies, tax exemptions, and other financial instruments for supporting private demand, encouraging co-financing from donors, local governments, and communities.

'EnSURE' Handbook of Energy Efficient Urban Development

To help cities develop their own Sustainable Energy Action Plans, the EnSURE project compiled a ‘Manual of Energy Efficient Urban Development’. Combining the knowledge of project partners from across Central Europe, the manual forms a practical roadmap for policy makers integrating technological, financial and stakeholder engagement measures.

CombinES: Maximising public finance impact in energy efficiency projects

The CombinES project developed a financing mechanism which utilises both public and private funding sources to increase the impact of funding for energy efficiency measures in buildings. By integrating both thermal envelope and technological measures into a comprehensive renovation plan, the model can also maximise the potential energy savings in a given project.