Summary of the 10th Call For Proposals concept note applications

With the Call For Proposal Ten (CFP10), the EEP S&EA opened its fifth application round during year 2014. CFP10, Market Creation 3, was closed on the 9th of January and attracted 77 concept note applications. The amount of grants applied for was more than 32 million euros.

Reduction of poverty through inclusive and job-creating green economy and improved energy access and security in the Southern and East Africa regions while mitigating global climate change is the overall aim of the Call. The immediate objective is to achieve greater access to sustainable energy services through the fast tracking of RE/EE project demonstration and deployment, including through technological learning and private sector investment.

We received a large number of quality applications. As the applied amount of grants exceeds the funds available, the applications that reflect best the objectives of the EEP get a larger likelihood of getting the grant. We are currently processing the concept notes and will contact each applicant individually during March and April.

We believe the EEP plays an essential role in the region in reaching these objectives – and each effort done towards these objectives comes from all the applicants. Many thanks to all the entities that have given their input and expressed their interest towards the EEP.

 

 

EEP S&EA has been nominated four times in AUW 2015!

EEP Coordination Office is thrilled about the nominations for African Utility Week Industry Awards. EEP S&EA as a Programme is one of the nominees for a Clean Energy Project of the Year award. Also, Gigawatt Global Rwanda, one of the most successful EEP funded projects,  has been nominated in the same category!

In addition, Devergy, our EEP project of the year 2014, and Gigawatt Global Rwanda have been nominated for the  African Community Project of the Year award. Congratulations!

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EEP is looking forward to the African Utility Week (we’ll be present at stands and panel discussions) that will be held on 12-14 May 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa.

 

Read more about the event >>

 

 

2014 was a successful year for the EEP Programme

2014 can be considered a successful transformational year for EEP-S&EA. During this year, the key elements that allow for effective results based management of the programme have all been put in place. The results of the 50 projects that have been monitored to date show that EEP-S&EA is generally progressing well towards the achievement of the results that relate to the first outcome of the EEP results framework (results delivered through the EEP funded projects), whereas the foundations are in place to progress significantly from 2015 onwards on the outcomes 2 and 3, which relate to Business Development Support and to Knowledge Management respectively.

Read the summary report of Programme level results here >>

 

 

VaasaEnergyWeek gathered up the largest energy cluster in Nordic countries

Vaasa EnergyWeek in Finland is a must-go happening: this annually organized event is the place where the cluster companies gather to network and make business. The Vaasa region is the largest energy cluster in the Nordic countries.
The Energy and Environment Partnership participated to the Vaasa EnergyWeek’s happening called Vaasa Wind Exchange & Solar. We provided the participants with relevant information about the EEP’s opportunities for companies. Not only it is possible to apply for grants, but it might also be possible to find your future business partner through the Programme as well as business and investment opportunities.

Read the EEP’s presentation here>>
Useful links:
http://energyweek.fi/
http://energyweek.fi/our-events/vaasa-wind-exchange-2014-18-19-03-2014/

Energy investment opportunities in Southern Africa

The Embsassy of Finland in Pretoria and The Finnish Trade Center, Finpro, organized a networking event for Finnish companies and Friends of Finland on the 12th March in Pretoria. The event was opened by H.E Mr. Petri Salo, Ambassador of Finland and followed by presentations of the current trends and investment opportunities in renewable energy sector in the region and updates of the Energy and Environment Partnership Programme in Southern and East Africa (EEP S&EA).

Mr. Wim Jonker-Klunne, The Programme director of EEP S&EA, gave participants an overview of the current renewable energy trends globally, regionally and in South Africa. In his presentation, Wim underlined that in terms of renewable energy investments and already installed capacity, Africa as a continent is lacking significantly behind the others. However, especially South Africa is rapidly picking up the global trends, and globally the investments in renewable energy has been growing considerably after year 2005. Consequently, the production of new coal and gas has dropped dramatically.

Moreover, the global trends show that people having access to energy and rate of electrification is seemingly lower  in Africa than in the other continents. Currently the gap between the population growth and electrification is only growing.

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The latest figures (Feb 2015) show that within the Southern African region most countries are struggling to produce enough electricity for their demand. In South Africa, for example, the current operating capacity is 36000MW the peak demand being 37661MW. To tackle the issue, countries have started to implement alternative energy projects to fill the gap in the energy production. The most commonly implemented technologies are hydro and gas, but also renewables are taken into account (e.g REIPPP).

A delightful trend in the energy sector is that even in South Africa, the energy prices produced by renewable energy sources (mainly solar and wind) are already comparable or lower than new coal or gas options. Hence, the opportunities within the sector are tremendous. The opportunities to connect to the national grid are realistic for larger scale producers but require a longer preparation time due to the bureaucracy. Or in some occasions, when a producer can find a willing buyer, the electricity can be wheeled through the national grid from the production plant to the customer. One example of this type of arrangement is Bio2Watt, selling their electricity (produced from biogas) to BMW in Pretoria.

Other opportunities are in smaller scale renewables (own consumption, off-grid and grid-tied), where also EEP is strongly contributing.

Read the whole presentation from this link>> 20150312 Friends of Finland – investment opportunities southern Africa

The EEP Coordination Office also reminded the participants that the 11th Call for Proposals is now open for concept note applications! Read more here>>

 

The most frequently asked questions – Market Creation

 

These are the most frequently asked questions from the previous Market Creation Call for Proposals (CFP8 and CFP10)

The questions and answers presented here are also relevant to the current Call, CFP11 – Market Creation.

 

Q: Does the Audited financial report need to be provided in Euros?

A: No, Audited financial report can be in local currency.

 

Q: Can we submit unaudited financial report and provide our audited financials report when it will be available? Do we have to submit the audited financial statements for the Partners also?

A:  Yes, You can submit unaudited financials, but make a note of that in your proposal that the audited financial statements will be provided at a later stage or the reason why you do not conduct an audit in your organization. You have to have the audited financial statements of the lead applicant only.

 

Q: Can you please clarify the definition of ‘Large Scale’ in the context of ‘Large Scale RE/EE Demonstration Projects’. 

A: Large Scale is mainly meant to separate the Market Creation window from Innovation window. If your project meets the CFP10 outputs as well as requirements of co-financing we would consider that it fits the criteria.

 

Q: Can the co-financing of the applicants be in kind contribution (time spent by the researchers, space, utilities, equipment, training)?

A: No, in kind contribution is not accepted as part of own co-funding. The Own contribution part is supposed to ensure that the organization has funds to implement the project. In case the in kind contribution is considerable it is however good to mention it and the added value that it brings for a successful project implementation.

 

Q: Can you please clarify the calculation method for the funding table? e.g; For a Max Grant Level of 200 000€ minimum Co financing is stated as 30%.

A: The co-financing is calculated of the total budget e.g. if the project budget is 285,714.29 EUR, 30% of that amount is 85,714.29 EUR. So it is 30% of the total budget, not the EEP amount. Calculation 285,714.29 x 0,30 = 85,714.29 for co-financing and 285,714.29 -85,714.29 = 200,000 for the grant. This can also be calculated other way i.e. if the grant amounts to 200,000.00 the calculation for co-financing is: 200,000.00/(1,0-0,30)-200,000.00 = 85,714.29

 

Q: I would like to find out whether it’s possible to apply CFP11 even though we have also applied in the previous Calls?

A: Yes, it is possible to apply again in CFP11, but please note that the requirements are different for each CFP.

 

 Q: Can our organisation submit two applications in total, each for different country/countries? You say in the guidelines that: “Each organisation should submit ONLY ONE application for a given country.”

A: Yes, You can submit more than one application if they are located in different countries. It is however needed to be kept in mind that the funds available for each call are limited.

 

Q: The applicant entity is registered abroad, do we need to have a local partner?

A: Yes, if the applicant entity is not based within the (eligible) country of project implementation, the applicant must have at least one local Partner in the country. The local partner must have a clear role in the project implementation, but they are not required to be an equity partner.

 

Q: The applicant entity is registered abroad, but has a local subsidiary in the country of implementation to implement the project. Is it sufficient to list this subsidiary as the local partner or are additional local partners necessary to have?

A: Yes a local subsidiary in the country of implementation is sufficient to list as the local partner. Needed to describe the local knowledge and capacity of the subsidiary.

 

Q: Does the project submitted under CFP10 need to be a follow-up of an EEP pilot project?

A: No, the project does not have to be a follow-up of an EEP pilot project.

 

Q: May a Project Company (name xxx) or University register as the lead member?

A: Yes,  any registered company, university or other registered organization is eligible to apply for EEP.

 

Q: Is it acceptable to include governmental departments on the list of partners? 

A: Yes, can be included as partners but however not as the main applicant

Wim Jonker-Klunne joins EEP as the new Programme Director

Early December 2014 Mr. Wim Jonker-Klunne joined the EEP ECO team in Pretoria as the Programme Director.
Mr. Wim Jonker Klunne is a renowned expert with over 20 years of experience in the renewable energy sector in eastern and southern Africa. With an academic background in Civil Engineering and Management, Wim has in-depth technical knowledge combined with strong management skills.

Prior to joining EEP, Wim has worked on a wide range of energy implementation, research and capacity building projects in Africa on behalf of the African Development Bank, the World Bank group, ECN, CSIR, UNDP, GEF, EU, national governments, private sector and bilaterals.

Within the EEP ECO team Wim will focus strongly on knowledge management, which includes drawing lessons and best practices from the projects implemented as part of the EEP portfolio, building bridges between different projects within the portfolio, as well as partnering with other programmes and initiatives.
We strongly invite all stakeholders to engage with the ECO team in general and Wim in particular on these issues. Regular updates will provided through the EEP web site and newsletter.

wim (+windmolen) small  Wim can be reached at: Wim.JonkerKlunne@EEPAfrica.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EEP in Africa Energy Indaba

On 17 and 18 February EEP Programme Director Wim Jonker-Klunne participated as panelist in the yearly Africa Energy Indaba conference. The Indaba was organized in close collaboration with the World Energy Council, the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, the Southern African National Energy Association and the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development.

The event was very well attended and hosted the Director General of the South African Ministry of Energy, Dr. Worsley Barnard, who delivered the keynote address, and many other energy luminaries.

Next to an extensive exhibition, the conference saw several parallel sessions in which different prominent issues in the energy field in Africa were discussed and debated. Quite a number of them were very relevant for projects typically supported by EEP.

At the Energy Efficiency session the EEP Programme Director provided his insight in the barriers for the uptake of energy efficiency projects, the role of national targets for energy efficiency as well as the role that can be played by programmes like EEP.

For more information please visit the conference’s website (http://energyindaba.co.za) or contact Mr. Wim Jonker-Klunne (Wim.JonkerKlunne@EEPAfrica.org)

Please note that the 8th annual Africa Energy Indaba will be hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg from the 16 – 17 February 2016.