Productive Use of Solar Energy



The Sustainable Energy Solutions Catalogue is designed for users both within and outside the scope of SESA. Inside SESA, it offers an introduction to solutions that can be utilized in collaboration with various stakeholders, including local governments and civil society. Additionally, the catalogue updates users within the project about activities at SESA validation and replication sites. Externally, it informs users about the various solutions tested during SESA project implementation and serves as a comprehensive source of introductory information on sustainable energy solutions for a diverse set of stakeholders.  







The factsheet focuses on key facts about productive use of solar energy in the African context such as technologies, business models, and impact areas as well as approaches that help ensure the viability of productive uses. Powering PUE solutions with sustainable energy sources, such as electricity from decentralized solar, is cost-effective and brings added benefits such as increased reliability of supply and reduced emissions. The possibilities for productive use of energy range from agriculture, industry and commerce to social or public services. This factsheet introduces different facets of sustainable PUE solutions in the African context, as well as examples of their application.   


PREO Knowledge Hub 

 Report 2021: Productive Uses of Energy in Ethiopia 

 Power Africa’s off-grid productive use of energy (PUE) catalogs (2020) 

 Rapid Product Assessment: A New Approach to Testing Productive Use Appliances (2022) 

 Productive Use of Energy (PRODUSE) user manual 

 A2EI Productive Use Report & Productive Use Assessment Tool (2020) 

 Energypedia Productive Use Portal 

 Solar Pumping Toolkit





Productive use of energy; agriculture; solar energy; solar irrigation; solar cold storage; solar grain milling; solar water pumping; ICT; IoT; Energy efficiency; ownership; Business models; financing models; consumer financing; service provider model; living lab; climate-proofing; tools; capacity building