Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 energy access booster

Access to reliable, affordable and clean energy is United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7. Achieving it means providing electricity to 1 billion people and clean cooking systems to 3 billion people worldwide by 2030.

Four entrepreneurs were selected to receive the second-of-the-series “Energy Access Booster” awards. The winners were announced during the Global Off-grid Solar Forum Nairobi, held in Nairobi, Kenya on February 18-20, 2020.

The awards are offered to energy access entrepreneurs operating in Africa or Asia, with a focus on two sectors: clean cooking and waste-to-energy.

The awards are sponsored by TOTAL, ENEA Consulting, Acumen and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL).

The four winners of the 2020 energy access booster call for projects are:

Divine Bamboo

Operates in Uganda and produces briquettes from local bamboo seedlings.

Acacia Innovations

Operates in Kenya and produces briquettes from sugarcane bagasse which it mainly sells to schools. Acacia also distributes improved cookstoves.


Operates in India and develops innovative radiant heat energy-efficient gas burners.

Grassroots Energy

Operates in India and develops affordable biogas production and treatment systems and distributed CNG bottles to urban and peri-urban restaurants.

« We have been greatly impressed by the companies that applied to the Energy Access Booster and look forward to working with them to increase access to energy. We wish them all the success they deserve » said the jury.

The winning entrepreneurs will be supported in their development during the next 12 months for the purpose of reaching the investment stage. They will receive strategic advisory consulting support and/or a financial contribution of up to $50,000 per entrepreneur, operational/local support, and visibility of the project.

The organisers are pleased with the results of this initiative, and look forward to working together in the future to support energy access entrepreneurs.