Promoting Sustainable Rural Energy Technologies (RETs) for Household and Productive Uses in Ethiopia

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From May 16, 2016 to May 16, 2021

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 7.2 Increase share of global renewable energy
  2. 9.3 Increase small-scale industrial enterprise access to financial services

Project ID: 5200

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Technical team

  • Energy Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Energy access
  • Renewable Energy


  • Electricity access
  • Clean cooking
  • Type: Off-grid, standalone systems
  • Resource: Solar
  • Resource: Biomass


  • Human altered areas


  • Rural areas

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Retail

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Innovative approaches
  • Institutional mechanism and system building


  • Law regulation
  • Enabling
  • Finance economy


  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Standards/ Labeling/ Guideline
  • Awareness raising
  • Community engagement
  • Public campaign
  • Energy finance
  • New/other financial schemes/mechanism

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Private sector

Gender equality

  • Awareness raising (on gender)

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender blind


  • Sci-tech pathway
  • Systems pathway
  • People pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience
  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 7.2 Increase share of global renewable energy
  • 9.3 Increase small-scale industrial enterprise access to financial services

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Individuals/Entrepreneurs

Hot topic

  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration
  • Poverty reduction

About this project


The project aims to reduce Ethiopia's energy-related CO2 emissions by approximately 2 million tonnes CO2e by promoting renewable energy and low greenhouse gas (GHG)-producing technologies as a substitute for fossil fuels and non-sustainable biomass utilisation in the country, with a focus on rural household appliances for cooking, lighting and heating. The activities proposed in the project are designed to remove barriers that hamper the wide-scale use of off-grid renewable energy technologies in households and productive uses in rural areas of Ethiopia, where extending the grid is simply not feasible in the short-run and where the ability to pay for larger-scale solutions is often limited. The project consists of four components and will be implemented over a period of five years. This UNDP and MoWIE -implemented, GEF-financed project will seek to implement a more private sector-driven and market-based approach towards promoting renewable energy technologies in rural communities in Ethiopia. The four components consist of a combination of de-risking instruments (Component 1) and market-enabling activities (Component 2 and Component 4) that will combine together with a financial support mechanism (Component 3) to help transform the market for off-grid renewable energy technologies in rural communities. Approximately 800,000 additional households (4 million people) will benefit from the project by being enabled to invest in approximately 200,000 small-scale solar PV products (about 2.5 MWp total capacity) and approximately 600,000 improved cook-stoves.


To promote and encourage significantly greater use of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies for household and productive uses in rural communities in Ethiopia.

USD $4,191,781

Grant amount

USD $69,045,899

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($4,191,781)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Ethiopia

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