Renen Energy Solutions


‘Planetpellet’ is addressing energy poverty at low income rural and peri-urban homes in South Africa and Zambia with clean burning, low-cost wood pellet for cooking. In this project it proposed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions while simultaneously providing low-cost, basic cooking and space heating energy to low income rural/peri-urban homes with a clean burning wood pellet stove. The main aim of the project was to develop a sustainable market for biomass/wood pellet in South Africa and Zambia, by generating a local, sustainable demand in rural and peri-urban areas. The project entailed the development of supply chain networks in both these regions, which would serve domestic stove users. Sustainable income would be generated through the sale of wood pellets, and the market creation will increase the demand for this pellet – supporting the local wood pellet industry.


Outcome and Impact:

During the project period, a total of 3,594 domestic pellet stoves were sold, 47 institutional stoves were sold and three pellet fired heating systems were established with many more being planned for future installation. 10 688 tonnes of CO2eq have been mitigated in the two year project, and this number will continue to rise as the project continues and develops.


Success Story: ECS to deliver 50,000 home energy systems >>


Regional (South Africa & Zambia)

Total Project Budget

EUR 848 990

EEP Africa Financing

EUR 499 889


Solid Biomass


Scale Up

Project Period

2015 - 2017