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Benin

Benin has an electrification rate of 41% and an access to clean cooking rate of 6%, so leaving 6.5 million and respectively more than 10 million people without access. To enhance the situation, EnDev Benin promotes improved cookstoves (ICS) for households and small restaurants in rural and (peri-)urban areas. Besides, a results-based financing 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. So far, the cookstove project has been able to make a considerable contribution to local job creation.

Technologies used in this project

  • Grid
  • Improved cookstoves
  • Stand-alone systems

Country data

  • People with access to electricity: 121,000*
  • People with access to modern cooking services: 1.5 million*
  • SI´s with access to modern energy services: 345*
  • SME´s with access to modern energy services: 182*
  • *Target achievements until December 2019
Results-based Financing in Benin
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Approach

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 sensitised. Since 2011, EnDev Benin has been 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.

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Analysis of the solar systems market in Benin

EnDev Benin has granted financial incentives to more than 40,000 solar systems since 2014. For each system funded, the EnDev team collected extensive information on the client’s profile and the conditions of sale of the product. This information was all verified before the incentives were granted using a strict process.

Based on these data from Benin, an analysis has been produced with the objectives to:

  • provide an overview of the supply of solar systems
  • provide an overview of the demand for such systems
  • identify the key players in the distribution of solar systems
  • evaluate the development and evolution of the solar systems market

The analysis is based solely on data from EnDev, which over the 2014-2019 period was the only technical and financial partner to support the commercial sale of off-grid systems in Benin.

View the (French) analysis of the solar systems market in Benin here.

A woman and a boy are sitting in front of a house with a modern metal cookstove.
Cooking on an improved stove: EnDev is part of the Benin cooking energy programme ProCEAO.

Further information

For more information on the energy situation in Benin see energypedia.

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