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Solar Power, Grid, Improved Cooking

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Technologies grid extension improved cookstoves (ICS) solar systems
EnDev 1 September 2005 -
December 2009
EnDev 2 October 2009 -
December 2018
Partners Ministry of Energy, Water and Mines (MEEM) / Benin Agency for Rural Electrification and Energy Control (ABERME) / National Agency for Rural Electirfication (ANADER) / Local communities
Implementers GIZ
Outcomes (12/2016) Access to electricity:
  • 126,000 people

Access to modern cooking energy:

  • 1,117,000 people

Access to modern energy services

  • 942 social institutions
  • 108 SMEs

Figures reflect the non-adjusted sum of EnDev 1 and EnDev 2 outcomes. Read more in EnDev's Monitoring


EnDev Benin has launched a results-based financing (RBF) scheme to trigger national market development for off-grid energy access. The RBF scheme aims to support the market development for pico PV systems and solar water pumps with the objective to increase access to basic electricity services for rural populations in Benin. This call offers financial incentives targeted at Benin registered companies to import and distribute solar products. Under the RBF mechanism, companies that successfully provide a pre-defined number of customers with solar powered energy services will be rewarded with an RBF incentive. Expressions of interest are accepted on a rolling basis until the end of 2016. For more information about the application process, see here for pico PV products, and here for solar water pumps.
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Energy Situation

Benin’s energy balance in 2006 showed that around 60% of the total energy consumption came from biomass, covered mainly by charcoal and firewood. Only 38% came from oil products and 2% from electricity. Although 60% of the population lives in rural areas, in 2013 only 4.5% of the rural population was connected to the grid.

For more information see energypedia.


EnDev Benin supports the national utility company (SBEE) in increasing the outreach to rural communities along the main line. SBEE's staff members receive training in capacity building to introduce planning methods and low-cost techniques and get help establishing appropriate standards for in-village-densification. EnDev also fosters the installation and operation of new branch lines to local villages, e.g. through financial support to purchase poles and other materials. EnDev supports SBEE in delegating the operation of these branch lines to private operators who are then responsible for the service provision and maintenance of the branch line. This approach is co-financed by the European Union and the Agence Française de Développement. EnDev supports business development services and cooperates with micro finance institutions for SMEs to purchase a connection. In May 2013, EnDev Benin was scaled up to transform at least 5,000 secondary connections to primary connections.

EnDev Benin promotes improved cookstoves (ICS) for households and small restaurants in rural and (peri-)urban areas. The supply-demand system for ICS is based on a commercial approach. In the first phase, the main target groups were rural communities in the North-West of the country. In the second phase, the outreach has been extended to the South and the North-East where target groups are identified and sinsitised. Since 2011, EnDev Benin is also part of the regional cooking energy programme ProCEAO which is co-financed by the EU. EnDev is responsible for the concept and product development of new stoves for rural and urban target groups and the respective stove testing and quality control, and trains artisans in the construction of stoves and business skills. The country project also tenders, selects, trains, and supervises service providers (consulting companies) for the promotion of ICS in new areas. Alongside the value chain of ICS EnDev identifies and implements support interventions.

A results-based financing (RBF) approach focuses on the setup of a market for picoPV systems and solar pumps.  It is aimed at households in rural areas without access to electricity as well as (semi-) urban households interested in solar products, particularly for use in case of blackouts. Tax-exemptions are in place supporting Beninese small and medium enterprises importing high-quality solar products.

Further Information

The factsheet on this country project is available for download here.