The United Nations Environment Programme”s African Rural Energy Enterprise Development Programme (AREED) operates in Africa to develop new sustainable energy enterprises that use clean, efficient, and renewable energy technologies. As a result of the programme, more than 500 entrepreneurs have received enterprise development training to create or improve their businesses.
Close to $2 million has been invested in 31 businesses that provide energy services for water pumping, water heating and cooking. These businesses supply liquid petroleum gas, wind powered water pumps, solar photovoltaic power systems, energy efficiency technology, solar crop dryers and solar water heaters. More than 224,000 people in 44,000 households now have access to cleaner energy.