SDG 7: TRANSFORM’s role in providing affordable and clean energy

Published on: 02/10/2019




SDG 7: TRANSFORM’s role in providing affordable and clean energy

While TRANSFORM is directly aligned with several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the initiative was recently distinguished with an award of excellence for its efforts in SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy.

The P4G State-of-the-Art Partnership Award recognised TRANSFORM for the measurable success it has achieved in its work towards SDG 7, based on innovation, impact and scalability. These are just some of the projects we support, which help meet the energy needs of low-income communities in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia:

Aiming to provide solar power and unlimited internet, Ubuntu Power connects remote communities in Kenya through modular Smart-Micro Utilities. It deploys solar power and photovoltaic-biogas hybrid mini-grids, along with community Wi-Fi, irrigation and computer services. With TRANSFORM’s support, Ubuntu Power managed to create the first community solar hub in Kenya, impacting 1,200 people and leading to 80% more new businesses, a 40% drop in energy costs and over 70% of children accessing educational resources within the first 6 months.

With a focus on increasing access to sustainable energy sources and technologies, such as solar energy and biomass cooking stoves, ENVenture decided to invest in Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) that have the will to start new ventures but lack the know-how. By empowering these CBOs through loans and training, ENVenture hopes to create a network of stores that can offer sustainable and affordable energy solutions. This project also aims to empower women as the backbone of the economy, so 70% of jobs created are for women.

d.Light has created a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) technology in order to make solar home systems affordable for off-grid and low-income communities. TRANSFORM supported d.light’s pilot-project in six Kenyan counties, with the assistance of mobile technology-enabled financing and Unilever’s Customer Development Team in East Africa. A year later, d.light had sold almost 40,000 of just one system, reached 88 million people and saved $4 billion in energy expenses.

This project aims to empower door-to-door sales agents in low-income countries through training that allows these agents to develop specific skills and knowledge. The goal is to inspire consumers to purchase high-impact PAYG solar lamps and other sustainable products. TRANSFORM’s partner, the BoP Innovation Center, will train 30 Nigerian female entrepreneurs, with the expectation of reaching up to 3,000 households and 15,000 people.

The global organisation Mercy Cops, in partnership with the Soneva Foundation and TRANSFORM, is running the Myanmar Stoves Campaign, which aims to deliver clean and efficient cooking stoves to rural communities in Myanmar to discourage wood cultivation for fuel. Through a local distribution solution, women and young people are trained to become entrepreneurs, setting up micro-enterprises that sell these stoves. So far, this project has reached 26,000 households in 1,700 villages.

In partnership with distinguished research institutions, this initiative aims to use dynamic sensors to evaluate house pollution and encourage behaviour change. A liquefied petroleum gas stove equipped with these sensors will be made available for 50 households in Rwanda, and a year-long study will assess whether the sensors are efficient in reducing pollution by encouraging clean cooking behavior. It is estimated these stoves will be able to reduce household air pollution by 90%.

Although TRANSFORM’s efforts to meet the targets of SDG7 have recently been recognised, our mission is also aligned with several other SDGs, so that we can help meet the needs of underserved markets across sub-Saharan African and South Asia.

Along with projects focused on Energy & Environment, our current Open Challenge is welcoming applications for inspiring projects that correspond to any of TRANSFORM’s five thematic pillars and which meet the needs of low-income communities.