The Digital Energy Facility is an EU-funded programme, implemented by the Agence Française de Développement (French Development Agency).
The energy sector faces a major transformation from a centralised system to a decentralised network, mono-directional to multi-directional, carbon-based to decarbonised, infrastructure centered to consumer-centric network.
Digitalisation is crucial in this new flexible and decentralised energy network as it helps in managing the energy demand, improving grid planning and implementing new business models - such as mini-grids and other off-grid solutions, which contribute to an increased access to energy.
Thanks to the financing of digital innovation projects and products, the Digital Energy Facility aims to:
- Support the integration of intermittent renewable energy sources into the grid
- Increase energy access
- Improve the performance of utilities and reduce technical and commercial losses
Digital Energy Facility Objectives
The Digital Energy Facility has 3 main objectives:
- Support innovative solutions for energy access in collaboration with the private sector, including start-ups and digital ecosystems active on energy access;
- Support power utilities to develop comprehensive roadmaps and investment plans to improve their performance, by integrating smart grids and new digital solutions in their operations;
- Support partnerships between utilities and the private sector to promote innovative solutions, harmonise technology use and share know-how. It is the first programme ever to support synergies between the digitalisation of utilities and innovative solutions developed by startups.
The expected results include:
- 1 million people benefitting from secured electricity access;
- 50 companies (both public and private) supported thanks to seed capital and capacity building;
- 2 to 5 energy utilities implement performance improvement plans;
- 50 to 150 energy professionals trained;
- 100MW of additional capacity from renewable energy sources;
- 100 000 million tons of CO2eq avoided.
DEF’s 4 components and eligibility criteria
The programme will finance technical assistance and pilot investments to support the development of innovative solutions for energy access and utility performance improvement.
The programme has 4 components:
DCI Contribution Agreement and PAGODA for Financial Instrument
Agence Française de Développement
- Project duration
- 1 Dec 2019 - 1 Dec 2023
- Project locations
- Overall budget
- €23 500 000
- EU contribution
- €23 500 000100% of the overall budget