Partnership Structure

The TEA programme is leading development of innovative technologies, business models, partnerships and skills that will accelerate access to affordable, clean energy services for households and enterprises in developing countries.


The Transforming Energy Access for Households and Improved Livelihoods Programme (TEA)

TEA is a programme from the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), designed to have a transformative impact on the deployment of renewable energy solutions in developing countries to support the progress of clean energy access. Up to £69 million will be invested over 5 years.

This programme is designed to identify regional issues and solutions relating to energy access in developing nations in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

The programme is divided into five main work areas, overseen by the Research Programme Delivery Consortium (RPDC).

A series of open calls for energy proposals via Innovate UK’s Energy Catalyst to co-fund technology innovation. Targeting innovative energy technologies suited for developing country communities.

This activity focuses on building strategic clean energy innovation partnerships to accelerate the development of regional energy solutions that will develop and deploy smarter energy systems and innovation for Energy Access.

Supporting the development of skills and expertise to support early-stage testing and scale-up of innovative technologies and business models that will accelerate access to affordable, clean energy services for poor households and enterprises, especially in Africa.

DFID appointed a RPDC to oversee the programme of applied research and innovation. The RPDC consists of the Carbon Trust, the University of Cape Town African Climate & Development Institute (ACDI), Energy4Impact and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

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