The Powering Renewable Energy Opportunities (PREO) programme is a demand-led, productive-use-of-renewable-energy (PURE) initiative that stimulates partnerships, innovation and learning to address the needs and improve the livelihoods of communities in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Pacific Island Countries. PREO’s mission is to enable businesses to harness renewable energy to improve incomes, build climate resilience and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Since its formation in 2019, PREO has been supported by the IKEA Foundation and UK aid via the Transforming Energy Access platform, delivered by the Carbon Trust and Energy 4 Impact.
Co-financed over
€13M/£15M PURE
projects in African
Positively impacted 
17,886 people by 
enabling access to a 
PURE product 
or service
262 full-time and 
205 part-time 
Enabled over €26M/£24M in public and private capital to be secured
PREO Impacts diesel and petrol - 1,900+ tonnes of CO2 avoided


Transforming Energy Access (TEA) logo

Transforming Energy Access (TEA) is the flagship FCDO research and innovation paltform supporting early-stage testing and scale-up of innovative technologies and business models that accelerate access to affordable, clean energy for poor households, enterprises, and social institutions in developing countries across sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and the Indo-Pacific. This includes support to innovations across the three Ayrton Fund themes of clean supply, super-efficient demand and smart delivery, as well as integration of solutions across the three. In late 2021, a £126m scale-up of the platform was announced at COP26, further advancing TEA into a major delivery platform for the Ayrton Fund focused on delivering innovations enabling a Just Transition for the 733 million people who still lack access to electricity and the 2.4 billion people who cook using fuels detrimental to their health and the environment.

For more information visit tea.carbontrust.com

The IKEA Foundation logo

The IKEA Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results. We are committed to helping families living in poverty afford a better everyday life while protecting the planet. We support programmes that promote new and unprecedented collaboration between businesses, civil society, governments and the many people.

The IKEA Foundation is co-funding the PREO Programme.


the Carbon Trust logo

Founded in 2001, the Carbon Trust’s mission is to accelerate the delivery of a sustainable, low carbon economy by helping businesses, governments and organisations across the globe to reduce carbon emissions and increase resource efficiency.

Energy 4 Impact logo

Energy 4 Impact works with local businesses to extend access to energy in Africa, impacting the quality of life for millions of people. Growing sustainable clean energy markets improves livelihoods and accelerates economic growth.