Support in rural electrification

Our ambition is to set up several companies by the year 2020 that will give access to electricity to a total of 100,000 households in rural areas in developing countries. To achieve this goal in rural electrification we work with different sponsors and partners.

FRES receives help from different organisations, companies, sponsors and governments. Because of the support, financial or in kind, FRES can offer more and more people access to electricity. Support FRES by becoming a sponsor or partner! Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Find out how our sponsors and partners help us in achieving our goal:


NUON FRES was founded by Nuon in 2004. In 2006, a five-year agreement stipulated that Nuon would make an annual contribution to FRES and make an employee available. In December 2008, Nuon entered into a public-private partnership with FRES and DGIS to support the millennium objectives in Africa for the period 2008-2015.

Dutch Government

Dutch Government Nuon, DGIS (Directorate- General International Cooperation) and FRES entered into a PPP for a rural electrification programme that should ultimately lead to 100,000 customers.

Government of South Africa

Goverment of South Africa The “Directorate of Minerals and Energy” (DME) of the South African Government signed a first agreement with NuRa in 2002. This contract was converted into a 20-year concession agreement for 8,000 solar power systems in 2004. Many contracts followed.

Government of Mali

Government of Mali The Mali government entered into a first agreement with Yeelen Kura via AMADER in 2006. It was the start of a close and successful cooperation.

Government of Burkina Faso

Since 2010, the Government of Burkina Faso grants Yeelen Ba exemptions of VAT and import duties.

Government of Guinea-Bissau

Government of Guinee-Bissau The government of Guinea-Bissau supported FRES with the application for an EU subsidy to start up FRES Guinee-Bissau in 2012.

Government of Uganda

Government of Uganda The government of Uganda supports FRES Uganda with a subsidy through de Rural Electrification Agency (REA) and the Energy for Rural Transformation-programme (ERT). The scheme disburses consumer subsidies through PV companies to provide financing for acquiring solar electricity. In 2013, the one year contract that ended in June 2013 was extended for another year till the end of June 2014.

Government of Cameroon

Government of Cameroon FRES signed a letter of intent (LOI) with the Government of Cameroon through the Ministry of Energy for implementing FRES activities. an application for an authorisation to operate has been submitted to the National regulatory authority on behalf of FRES cameroon.

European Union (EU)

European Union (EU)
  • Via the European Union, a EU-financing was obtained for starting up an electricity company in Burkina Faso in cooperation with Nuon, Yeelen Kura and two local partners. It concerned the allocation of a subsidy within the framework of the ACP-EU Energy Facility. this cooperation runs until June 2015.
  • Within the same programme, a subsidy was approved for a new FRES company in Guinea-Bissau in December 2010. This project runs until 6th November 2016 after extension.
  • In November 2014, FRES signed a subsidy contract with the european union, funded under the ACP-EU Energy Facility. The project will scale up SHS and mini-grid activities in Mali, Uganda, Guinea-Bissau and enable FRES to establish operations in Cameroon. This project runs until November 2018.
  • In December 2014, FRES signed another subsidy contract with the EU, also funded by the ACP-EU Energy Facility, under the theme of Energy and Fragility. the project will scale up SHS and mini-grid activities in regions in Mali that have been negatively affected by the conflict and political instability in recent years. This project runs until January 2019.

World Bank

World Bank In 2010, various meetings took place with the World Bank. For both the FRES company in Uganda and the construction of solar mini-grids in Mali, we were allocated and/or received the requested subsidies via the rural electrification agencies in these countries.


Daridibó Together with the local organisation Daridibó in Guinea-Bissau, FRES requested a subsidy of € 2.5 million which was received from the ACP EU Energy Facility Programme. An agreement for cooperation for mutual exchange of expertise and support was signed in 2012.


PUM PUM sends senior experts to companies and organ- isations in developing countries and upcoming markets that can use their expertise for a period of two to three weeks. In 2011, a two year cooperation agreement was signed for assignments in the countries where FRES operates. In 2013, this agreement was extended for another two years. In 2013, FRES together with PUM started exploring the implementation of a standardised data management system that will enable the simple exchange of information within FRES companies and between FRES companies and FRES-NL.


logo-OFID-160x139 In 2015 FRES signed a 3-year subsidy agreement with OFID (OPEC Fund for International Development). The US$ 0.5 million grant will help provide households, local businesses and community centers in Contuboel village in Guinea Bissau with affordable and reliable electricity services by providing a solar mini-grid system.




In 2015, FRES signed a 2-year subsidy agreement with EEP – S&EA (Energy and Environment Partnership – Southern and Eastern Africa). The US$ 0.6 million grant will scale up electricity services (via Solar Home Systems) to rural households and small businesses in Western Uganda.

Stichting Doen

DOEN Foundation granted a subsidy of € 0.9 million for Uganda in 2011 over a period of 3 years, with the intention to allocate € 0.3 million annually if the planned results are achieved.


Alliander In 2011, FRES made agreements with Alliander regarding further cooperation by formalising the availability of expertise and knowledge. The partnership took further shape in 2012, when Alliander took over the annual con- tribution of € 75,000 for office costs and the salary of the Director of Business Development from Nuon for a period of four years. In 2013, the cooperation was further intensified. An expert from Alliander conducted a due diligence study into the potential acquisition of a Malian mini-grid operator. Furthermore, two experts from Alliander supported Yeelen Kura in its efforts to reduce (technical and non-technical) losses in mini-grids.


PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers Accountants N.V. has been inspecting our annual account and its coherence with the rest of the annual report annually free of charge since 2006. The cooperation between PwC and FRES was further shaped in 2012 through a study (at a reduced rate) into the socio-economic impact of the activities in the FRES countries. The final report was released in June 2013.


SNV We investigated the possibilities of cooperating with developing organisation SNV in Africa. In 2012, this resulted in a baseline & impact study in Mali (interviews).


HIVOS In 2009, we received a subsidy of € 200,000 from Hivos. Hivos for founding a FRES company in Uganda.


ING As of August 2011, ING Bank has been supporting FRES by not charging a fee for the money transfers, both national and international, which has reduced expenses considerably.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance In 2010 and 2011, the international law firm Clifford Chance LLP supported FRES in the development of an agreement for the delivery, installation and maintenance of two and six solar power stations in Mali. In 2013 Clifford Chance also provided FRES with legal assistance.

Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy International law firm Allen & Overy provided us with legal advice in 2010 and 2011 with regard to the brand name FRES and our statutes.

Van Sandickfonds

In 2006, we entered into a cooperation with the Van Sandickfonds; they compensated the travel and accommodation expenses of Dutch students who conducted research into the field of solar energy in Africa.

Chimbo Foundation

Chimbo Foundation We entered into a cooperation with Chimbo Foundation which provides office space and accommodations to FRES Netherlands in Bissau. In 2013, both parties decided to terminate the cooperation as there was no longer a need for the use of the facilities.

The Resource

The Resource FRES has been cooperating with The Resource in Amsterdam since 2009. This partner brings together supply and demand in the fiscal labour market. Three specialists work for us unpaid one day a month to advise us in the field of partnership taxes, VAT and wage tax.


Randstad As of 2010, we have been cooperating with Randstad Payroll Solutions. They provide support within the field of HR, in which an HR consultant advises us on HR management and administration.

Rural Energy Foundation

Rural Energy Foundation In September, a cooperation agreement was signed with REF (Rural Energy Foundation). We work in the same field and exchange information about the results of desk studies. Moreover, we share information about finding employees in Africa.


Voltiq supporting FRES - sponsors and partners FRES In 2014 Voltiq made a first Christmas donation to FRES and has been a supporter of FRES ever since.
Voltiq engages in late stage financial and commercial structuring of renewable energy projects. Its main focus is on wind (on- and offshore), Concentrated Solar Power, Solar PV, and biomass, globally.


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