End User Subsidy Lab

Patrick K. Tonui
Patrick K. Tonui Head of Policy and Regional Strategy p.tonui@gogla.org

Off-grid solar solutions provide the cheapest and fastest way to electrify hundreds of millions of homes and businesses. Yet over 100 million people will still be unable to afford them in 2030. End-user subsidies, which directly reduce costs for consumers, will play a key role in reducing this ‘affordability gap’. However, to avoid market distortion such subsidies must be designed carefully. To enable stakeholders to jointly design effective end user subsidies, GOGLA, ESMAP/Lighting GlobalEnDev and Africa Clean Energy (ACE), created the End User Subsidy Lab: pooling knowledge, technical expertise, and funding. The Clean Cooking Alliance has recently joined the partnership.

About the End User Subsidy Lab

Get an overview of the Lab and its two main workstreams to catalyse smart, holistic end user subsidies.

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What is an End User Subsidy?

Get an overview of how end user subsidies can help reach the poorest, how they compare to supply-side subsidies, and more.

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Upcoming Webinar Series: Demand-side Subsidies for Energy Access

This webinar series will guide us through the key elements of designing demand-side subsidies. Each webinar will concentrate on a specific topic with the aim of translating challenges and lessons learned into guidelines and best practices.


Reports and Resources

From reports detailing why end user subsidies are needed to papers profiling smart design, find the latest tools and resources.


Subsidies Webinar Series: Event Recordings

Find recordings from recent events and webinars on smart subsidies and bridging the affordability gap. Listen to the sessions.


Country Case Studies

End user subsidies for off-grid solar are already operating in several countries. Find detailed case studies.