The Energy Data and Intelligence System for Off-Grid Networks (EDISON) was developed by REEEP to allow for the tracking and verification of the progress of the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia. EDISON automatically collects, manages and aggregates the data from the systems of Energy Service Providers contracted under the pilot programme in Zambia.
The pilot programme
The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa is the extension of the pilot programme the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia (BGFZ), which was launched in 2016.
BGFZ was funded by Sweden and implemented by REEEP and works through a combination of an innovative results-based ﬁnancing (RBF) mechanism for companies, close cooperation with the Zambian government and real-time data collection and analysis.
Through four contracted energy service providers (ESPs), the programme reached its goal of providing clean, affordable, reliable off-grid energy access in rural and peri-urban areas by connecting over 190,000 households – translating to one million Zambians – by 2021.
The BGFZ programme won the 2019 Ashden Award for Innovative Finance and a 2019 UN Global Climate Action Award in the category ‘’’Financing for Climate Friendly Investment’’. Beyond the awards, its impacts are visible today in the number of Zambians who benefit from the project’s success.
Results from the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia
Real-time data powered by Edison
“We’re better informed because we can watch television and listen to the radio more often. It is safer outside because there are more lights. And this company has given me work.”
Find out more about how the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia has improved communities.Impact Stories
What people say about the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia
“It’s really changed community life. People can get first-hand information from televisions or radio. These products have been extremely empowering by providing extra education and allowing more people to share knowledge.”
Regional Assistant Coordinator, VITALITE
“The Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia has played an absolutely essential role in delivering catalytic early-stage capital to help Standard Microgrid and others de-risk high-impact activities benefitting Zambians.”
Chief Technology Officer, Standard Microgrid
“It is our pleasure to award the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia. Their clean and affordable alternative to grid electricity serves as a beacon, guiding us towards a more sustainable future for all.”
Manager, UN Climate Change Global Climate Action Programme
“[BGFZ] has enabled private sector companies to work effectively with Government and other partners to launch a thriving market for off-grid clean energy services in our country.”
Permanent Secretary for Administration, Office of the Vice President, Zambia