EOIs from companies involved in the production of clean cooking fuel mainly focus on the production of briquettes and biogas that recycle waste from agriculture crops or pit latrines for biomass. Interestingly, a few companies also act as pioneers in the clean cooking market, proposing LPG or pellet solutions.
Applicants show innovative solutions to providing clean cooking to the last mile. The use of agro waste in partnership with farmers and households was cited as a revenue sharing model and a mean of including prospective customers in the value chain. Companies show strategies to better service rural underserved customers by decentralizing distribution hubs to facilitate last mile distribution, establish trust and increase understanding of clients’ needs.
Innovative technology solutions show a dynamic market better equipped to service clients through smart meters, PAYG payment methods, geospatial analytics for distribution channels, apps to facilitate sales and after sales services. Innovation of products were also highlighted in the EOIs, notably through the product features of cookstoves and fuel, which are cleaner, more affordable and more efficient. Finally, several applicants engage in socially responsible revenue-sharing models by including women and youth as well as farmers in the value chain, and by sharing carbon market revenues.
Successful innovations to advance access to clean cookstoves
Through a competitive process, 6 companies have been selected to receive cost-sharing grants from CleanStart, to implement in the Ugandan markets over the next two years. The portfolio of clean cooking solutions is expected to reach more than 40,000 households, businesses, and institutions such as schools, create over 700 jobs and income earning opportunities especially for women and youth, and off-set approximately 400,000 tons of CO2 by 2020.
1. Fenix International Uganda
Clean Cookstoves for Creditworthy ReadyPay Customers
Fenix International designs, manufactures, sells and services lease-to-own solar home systems for rural Ugandan households living off-grid. Utilising their unique credit score created during the customer's lifetime, Fenix will also offer clean cookstoves as an upgrade, thereby contributing to improved air quality in homes to help further improve quality of life. Fenix will make cookstoves affordable by offering financing to customers using a PAYG instalment method paid for via MTN Mobile Money. To date, Fenix has sold over 150,000 solar home systems across the country, and aims to bring life-improving products and services to millions of customers across the country.
2. Green Heat Uganda
Alternative Fuels for Clean Cooking in Rural Communities
Green Heat provides commercially viable alternative fuels, biogas and briquette, while delivering onsite waste management services to the poor. Green Heat works in partnerships with female-led distributors to sell its briquette products. Their biogas value chain involves youth through hiring and subsequent knowledge transfer on biogas digesters. Green Heat leverages waste as a resource, transforming a development hurdle into an investment opportunity.
3. Simoshi Limited
Improving Household Clean Cooking Through School Consolidated Networks
Simoshi is a social enterprise dedicated to improving the livelihoods of children and their families in Uganda. Simoshi’s energy efficient project linked to carbon finance is capable of bringing a cleaner, healthier and environmentally friendly technology to low-income individuals, especially women and children. Simoshi outsources institutional improved cookstoves (IICS) from local manufactures and sells/distributes them to schools and institutions. The continuous use of the IICS enable both the participating schools and Simoshi to recycle a percentage of the stream of carbon credit returns, to introduce new investments in those same schools within the education, hygiene and food nutrition sectors while providing free annual IICS maintenance.
4. WANA Energy Solutions
Implementing Last-Mile Clean Cooking Energy Distribution through a Smart PayGo Technology
WANA offers a reliable, affordable and efficient cooking energy from Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) by selling complete cooking components - gas, accessories, cylinder and cookstove. WANA aims to deliver high-quality LPG supply at a low price point in underserved markets by using smart meters and PAYG technology. WANA therefore focuses on peri-urban and rural areas, and particularly women.
5. Josa Green Technologies
Briquette and Stoves: Clean and Affordable Energy Solutions for Schools
Josa Green Technologies is engaged in production and selling of briquettes and improved cookstoves as alternative clean cooking solutions to institutions and households. Josa Green Technologies uses public-private partnerships to work with institutions to provide them with access to stoves that are compatible with briquettes.
6. Raising Gabdho Foundation (RGF)
Enabling Low-Cost Cooking Energy Access through ICT and Last-mile Distribution
Raising Gabdho Foundation (RGF) provides clean energy to low income urban and peri-urban communities in the form of honeycomb briquettes. Additionally, RGF provides training to communities in briquette production and sales management, with an emphasis on reaching out to women and girls. The RGF also currently works with an urban refugee community center in Rubaga, Kampala providing both training and employment of refugees under a livelihood and lifesaving programme. RGF will expand its operations in the refugee settlements starting with Rhino Camp settlement.