About Green People's Energy

Dr. Gerd Müller, the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, announced a new initiative, named Green People’s Energy (GBE) for Africa in June 2017. This initiative aims to enable, expand and secure the supply of sustainable energy in rural Africa. It is part of the Marshall Plan with Africa and relies on the broad participation of small and medium-sized enterprises, municipalities, cooperatives, public associations and citizens.


The ARE-GBE Cooperation

The overarching goal of this cooperation is to contribute to the mission of the GBE initiative to:

  • improve the conditions for decentralised renewable energy (DRE) supply in selected sub-Saharan African countries with the participation of citizens, cooperatives and companies;
  • promote renewable energy projects of common benefit across countries;
  • strengthen partnerships and exchange between actors in Europe and Africa, in particular, Germany and the nine GBE-countries (Benin, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Uganda and Zambia)


Paving the way for Clean Energy Transition with Decentralised Renewable Energy (PWCET) series

With reference to the overarching goal of ARE-GBE cooperation mentioned above, the Partners are starting a new series titled ‘Paving the way for Clean Energy Transition with Decentralised Renewable Energy (PWCET)’. The objective of this new Series is to promote public discourse on the subject of the ‘clean energy transition’ with DRE in Sub-Saharan Africa, which is the focus topic of GBE.

Emphasis will be given to the aspect of community involvement to explore how citizens can initiate and drive DRE projects at a local level and can contribute to the overall goal of clean energy access and sustainable energy transition.

The series of 10 distinguished events also foresees to identify and outline the key existing and potential partnerships forged between European and Sub-Saharan African countries by covering a range of relevant topics throughout the series. The events are intended not only to help raise awareness but also to strengthen the mutual exchange of information and knowledge between the stakeholders such as cooperatives, municipalities, civil society organisations.


Event 1

The new joint initiative by ARE and GBE entitled ‘Paving the way for Clean Energy Transition with Decentralised Renewable Energy (PWCET) Series’ was organised during the Digital Marketplace for Green Energy Transition day at the EU – Africa Business Forum (EABF) on 20 April 2021, attracting the participation of more than 200 people from EU, Africa and beyond.

The launch event of the PWCET Series managed to bring together key stakeholders to discuss DRE systems to respond to increased energy demand in Sub-Saharan Africa and power the green recovery after the pandemic, both of which are critical elements of the clean energy transition.

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Event 2

The second webinar on "Stimulating Demand for Productive Use of Renewable Energy Solutions in Local Communities" was organised on 7 July 2021 as part of the PWCET Series.

DRE solutions have the potential to drive green, sustainable and inclusive rural transformation, reduce poverty and improve the livelihoods and climate resilience of rural populations as they provide access to affordable, reliable and clean energy. Productive Use of Renewable Energy (PURE) can be a significant driver of economic growth and social progress in developing countries.

The webinar delved into what it takes to stimulate demand for and an uptake of  PURE solutions in rural communities and will under a holistic approach address the different aspects of the PURE ecosystem. The speakers highlighted the challenges and barriers, presented examples of innovative solutions, business models and emphasised the opportunities of productive use activities to improve the livelihoods of rural communities.

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Event 3

The third webinar on "Regulation & Policies to Achieve a Clean Energy Transition with Decentralised Renewable Energy" was organised on 13 October 2021 as part of the PWCET Series.

Fuelled by DRE solutions, the energy sector is evolving rapidly and undergoing a disruptive transformation. This ongoing energy transition is a central building block to a secure, environmentally-friendly, and economically successful supply of universal access to modern energy services. It is crucial that their integration is timely to achieve other interlinked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as healthcare, livelihoods, water and education.

The webinar brought together experts from Germany, Ethiopia, Ghana, Namibia and Nigeria to discuss effective regulatory and policy development mechanisms and the shortcomings that are relevant for the wider rollout of DRE solutions to ensure a just and clean energy transition in their respective countries.

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Event 4

Coming soon


Project Period

2020 – Ongoing


Deepak Mohapatra

Policy & Business Development Officer

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