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Scaling up the Energy Inclusion Initiative in rural Peru


The EII is a successful program initiated by Appui au Développement Autonome (ADA) and MicroEnergy International (MEI) which aims to increase access to clean energy through inclusive financial and technical services. A pilot project was launched in Peru with the technical assistance of local partners, EnDev/GIZ Peru.

During its pilot stage, the EII project successfully integrated clean energy technologies for productive use into the portfolio of a local microfinance institution, Fondo de Desarrollo Rural Fondesurco (FS). FS provides FondeEnergía green loans to finance energy technologies that cost between €100 and €900.

The loans are directed towards local micro-and small enterprises and households, and enable the purchase of solar water heaters (SWH), improved cooking ovens (ICOs) and will include additional clean energy technologies that save energy and generate business income.

Constant monitoring has been conducted throughout the pilot phase which has enabled a regular updating of the business plan. Thanks to the support of ADA and REEEP, the EII project will be scaled up from the pilot to the commercialisation phase.

Photo (right): A solar water heater being installed at a hostel in Chivay, Peru.



To scale up the EII project in Peru by expanding the loan to more FS branches, and widening the range of clean energy technologies offered, thereby providing a successful business model for clean energy dissemination in Peru.


Photo (left): Consumer loans finance improved cooking ovens (above) and solar water heaters.


Main Activities

  • Expand the FondeEnergía offering from 3 to 18 branches of FS
  • Identify new SWH and ICO suppliers and test their products to cope with the increased demand
  • Evaluate other new clean energy technologies and their value chains
  • Train the staff of all FS branches offering FondeEnergía
  • Support FS with promotion and public communication campaigns
  • Improve management  information systems to cope with the increased number of customers
  • Develop an after-sales service that can process client claims and be integrated into the FS service system

Expected Impact

  • 438 SWHs and 384 ICOs installed
  • Reduced carbon emissions from each SWH by an average 0.578 tons of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) per year where an electric water heater has been replaced
  • Reduction of 3,409 tons CO2e/year for each ICO replacing a traditional wood-burning oven
  • Additional 460 kW of installed renewable energy capacity
  • Total energy savings achieved of 3,730 MWh per year
  • FS successfully positioned as a pioneer in green finance
  • Improved profitability and service by rural micro- and small businesses
  • Reduced indoor pollution
Programme sector
RE & EE (Business & Finance)
2013 - 2013
€412,740 including co-funding from Appui au Développement Autonome (ADA)
Implementing agency
MicroEnergy International GmbH (MEI)
REEEP grant funded by