Renewable energy

Providing a safe, inexpensive and hygienic source of power

By the end of 2012, in Africa and Asia over 500,000 households were using biogas digesters, benefiting 2.9 million individuals by providing a safe, inexpensive and hygienic source of power.

Renewable energy

Making clean energy accessible to low income households.


Waste to Energy project in Cambodia

The SNV-supported 'Waste to Energy' project uses a cheap gasifier technology to generate energy from wasted rice husks. Read more…

More rural Kenyans turn to solar lighting

SNV is working on a model to promote the commercial distribution of solar lamps to communities living off of the national grid. Read more


SNV-supported domestic biogas programmes improve life for 2.9 million people.

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Providing homes and work places the solar power they need.

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Improved Cookstoves

SNV is a founding member of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

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Shumi Deyas, a seasoned biogas user from Adea woreda in the East Shoa zone of Oromia recounted his personal experiences on the productive use of biogas to a transfixed audience at a recent Talk Energy Ahead (TEA) meeting held on 21 March 2014 in Addis Ababa.
As part of a collaboration with the University of Oldenburg, SNV has designed and is delivering a training course on technology and mass dissemination of biogas.
During the first week of April, SNV’s 12 Junior Professionals, along with 4 Dutch Young Water Experts, gathered for five days in Nairobi to partake in the SNV Way residential learning programme to develop the skills and capacities needed to be an effective SNV advisor.
This week SNV and the Dutch energy utility Eneco Energy Trading launched the first ever Programme of Activities (PoA) for Improved Cookstoves, which is set to posivitely impact 150,000 households in the Far West region of Nepal.
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Renewable energy

Traditional sources of fuel are used to meet the daily energy needs of most people. The use of charcoal and fuel wood is exhausting natural resources and degrading productive land, while their availability is declining against the demand of a growing world population. Currently, billions of people are confronted with challenges including access to energy, reliability and cost. Also enterprises are challenged by this ‘energy poverty’. Energy development has largely focused on large-scale infrastructure and the urban population, whilst energy poverty has rarely been the entry point for policy development. As a result, domestic small-scale Renewable Energy (RE) supply for cooking, heating and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), especially targeting rural and peri-urban areas, has received little attention and support.

Availability of sustainable, clean and reliable sources of energy is an essential driver for development: no country in modern times has substantially reduced poverty without a massive increase in its use of energy. In developing countries there is an opportunity to leapfrog energy poverty by realising use of RE where there is no access to fossil energy.

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