The Power of Fire – Innovative Business Model by BioLite

The brand-new EEP Innovative Business Model features a social enterprise BioLite, whose HomeStove products combine benefits of faster and cleaner cooking, device charging and economic savings while using a basic fuel like firewood.

With its innovative biomass cookstove technology, BioLite can address multiple energy needs (ie. cooking, charging, lighting) simultaneously and cost-effectively. The unique value proposition meets the potential customers as the rates of mobile ownership in the EEP countries continue to outpace rates of electrification. The breakthrough technology is in the thermoelectric design that captures waste heat from the fire and converts it into usable electricity to power and internal fan. Surplus electricity from cooking sessions is sent to a USB port for charging mobile phones or LED lights. HomeStove is a device which attracts customers in rural as well as urban areas by serving a variety of needs in households.

After the demo phase in Uganda BioLite wanted to scale up its sales and established a fruitful partnership with a Ugandan telecommunications company Telecom. The robust network of shops, built-in infrastructure and visibility of the BioLite brand alongside to Telecom’s other modern technology products has greatly benefited both parties.

With the help and support of the EEP S&EA BioLite has successfully established several core partnerships in both Uganda and Kenya. By embedding BioLite’s own field staff into these channels to provide product demonstrations, customer training, and after-sales service, BioLite has been able to strengthen both sales and partner satisfaction.

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EEP S&EA Annual M&E Programme Report 2016 published

According to the EEP S&EA Annual Monitoring & Evaluation Programme Report, EEP S&EA has experienced a very successful year 2016.

The validated results of the 103 monitored projects (out of 223 approved for grant funding) show good progress on almost all indicators, and several indicators exceeded by very considerable margins. Total economic benefits through EEP projects amounted to EUR 55,7m consisting of time-cost savings, wages from jobs and business income, and actual CO2 emission reductions amounted to 706,063 tonnes. In terms of increased business development support (BDS), the indicator target was achieved as a result of successful scaled-up activities. The EEP BDS contributed to supporting the project developers in managing RE/EE businesses and leveraging finance.  Finally, the results highlight that EEP S&EA has consolidated its important regional role in knowledge dissemination and public awareness of RE and EE.

Highlighting EEP S&EA’s success in 2016, nearly 3 million people benefited from clean energy projects funded by EEP, and about 588,000 rural and urban households received improved access to off-grid clean energy. In terms of gender balance, 52% of total savings were accounted as benefits accruing to women, and out of the total 5,930 jobs created 2,142 were specifically for women.

Read more about the progress on performance, the up-to-date programme portfolio overview and other results in the EEP S&EA Annual M&E report >>