Investors and Projects highlighted the value of the successful EEP Investor Forum

EEP organised the second Investor Forum in Nairobi, Kenya on 30 May

The EEP Investor Forum was again highly successful in bringing EEP project developers who are looking for post-EEP investment in contact with potential investors. The event grew slightly from the first EEP Investor Forum as there was growing interest from projects and need for additional investments in the EEP portfolio that is moving forward. The event in Nairobi was attended by 18 investors ranging from impact investors to development financing institutions and 26 EEP projects that have demonstrated potential for scaling-up.

The interest from project developers was clear as the first participants arrived well before the start of the registration. All projects had the opportunity to pitch their project, future plans and investment need to the investors in the beginning of the event to entice the investors present for further discussion. Similarly, the investors presented their organisations and funding appetite to the Forum.

The focus of the Investor Forum was on the one-on-one meetings between the projects and investors, which started after the networking lunch. The one-on-one matchmaking was facilitated by the EEP team prior to the Forum based on the input from the project developers and the investors to ensure valuable meetings and interactions.

In addition to the organised meetings countless informal meetings took place during the day. The opportunity to meet several investors and projects in just one event has proved to be the added value of the EEP Investor Forum. The day was rounded off with drinks and networking that continued the active discussions of the day.

The feedback received from both the EEP project developers and the investors has been very positive and highlights the demand for the EEP Investor Forum. The Forum was thanked for the diverse range of investors, the quality of projects and opening doors for more detailed discussions.

“It would be impossible to meet these people all in one place without the event – this is a huge benefit.”
-Project Developer

The Investor Forum has demonstrated to be a successful concept and will surely be continued. Please ensure to follow us through our newsletter and social media to stay informed on future Investor Forums.

“The event was highly informative and a great way to connect with many potential (and existing) partners in one room!”
Investor

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EEP S&EA at African Utility Week in Cape Town, 16-18 May 2017

African Utility Week 2017 in Cape Town is approaching and EEP ECO and several EEP project developers will be actively participating in the AUW programme. Check out the most interesting pieces of the expo and conference agenda, and mark your calendar to meet us at the EEP Coffee Hour!

EEP projects in the AUW Programme:

Project Developers such as 5 star stoves, Afritech, CEFA, LivelyHoods and Mean Sea Level are presenting in various conference streams, Technical Workshops and Innovation Hub of the AUW. EEP Programme Director will also be a moderator in one of the conference streams.

EEP Coffee Hour at AUW:

EEP would like to invite all Project Developers participating in the AUW for a cup of coffee together on Tuesday 16 May between 11.30 and 13.00 at CTICC. If you are able to attend, please send an email to eep.eco@kpmg.fi, and we’ll send you more information closer to the date.

AUW Industry Awards:

The shortlists for the prestigious Industry Awards at the African Utility Week have been announced. We are very pleased to inform that four EEP projects / project developers and the EEP Programme Director have been shortlisted for an award.

For the Young Energy Leader Award Samir Ibrahim, CEO & Co-Founder, SunCulture Kenya has been shortlisted.

For the Small-Scale Sustainable Energy Project three out of six nominees are EEP grantees, namely:

  • Off-Grid Pay-as-you-go Solar Home Systems, Mobisol, East Africa
  • Kwa Mtoro, E.ON Off-Grid Solutions GmbH / Rafiki Power, Tanzania
  • PayGo Solar Home Systems, Azuri Technologies, Kenya

Furthermore the EEP Programme Director Wim Jonker Klunne has been shortlisted for a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Congratulations to all finalists! For the full list, please see http://www.african-utility-week.com/awardsfinalists

INVITATION TO APPLY – EEP Investor Forum in Nairobi, 30 May 2017

Following the success of the 2016 Investor Forum in Johannesburg, EEP S&EA will be hosting its second Investor Forum in Nairobi on the 30th of May 2017.

EEP Investor Forum offers an exclusive opportunity for the EEP project developers to meet potential investors and discuss about further project financing beyond the EEP.  Apply now for the opportunity to participate in this matchmaking event.  See more details in the invitation below.

Please submit your application by 8th May 2017 at 16:00 South African time (GMT +2:00). We will review the applications and contact the projects with further information shortly after the application submissions.

Note that the event is open for the EEP funded project developers exclusively.

Applications are submitted and accepted only through the application form, which can be accessed through this link: https://digiumenterprise.com/answer/?sid=1483865&chk=7JG67U2J

More info:  eep.eco@kpmg.fi 

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EEP Investor Forum 5 December 2016

INVITATION TO APPLY

EEP S&EA will be hosting an Investor Forum in Johannesburg on Monday 5th of December 2016.

We will offer an exclusive opportunity for the EEP project developers to meet potential investors to discuss about further project financing beyond the EEP. The detailed list of the invited investors will be tailored and published after the invited projects have been decided based on the optimal matching.

Apply now for the opportunity to participate in the event and meet your potential investors. Applications are submitted and accepted only through the application form. See more details in the invitation to apply below:

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If the link doesn’t open copy and paste it to the browser’s address bar: http://digiumenterprise.com/answer/?sid=1454572&chk=4UTMHSDW

Please submit your application by 3rd November 2016 at 16:00 South African time (GMT +2:00). We will contact the selected projects with further information shortly after the submissions.

Note that the event is open for the EEP funded project developers exclusively.

More  info: KPMG ECO eep.eco@kpmg.fi 


EEP Projects winning at the East Africa Power Industry Awards

During the recent East Africa Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) in Nairobi the EEP programme was present with a double exhibition booth showcasing the programme itself and three of our projects: BURN energy efficient stove manufacturer, the Solar E-cycles project and the Light up Africa project.

During a session at one of the technical workshops another five EEP projects were showcased.

At the East Africa Power Industry Awards ceremony three EEP supported projects / project developers did win a prestigious industry award.

 

In the following categories EEP supported projects were awarded and shortlisted:

Community Development Project of the Year
Winner: Africa Biogas Partnership Programme with EEP project SNV Netherlands (REG7107)
Shortlisted EEP projects: CEFA Tanzania (TAN9043) & ECO Fuel (UGA8019)

Outstanding clean power project (under 5MW)
Winner: Mobisol (TAN4021)

Future Energy Leader award
Winner: Faith Chege, Barefoot Power (KEN8059)
Shortlisted EEP project developer: Sanga Moses, Eco Fuel Africa (UGA8019)

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EEP’s fourth Knowledge Exchange Forum great success!

On Tuesday the 20th of September the EEP programme organised its fourth Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) in Nairobi.

As part of the knowledge management component of EEP the concept of “Knowledge Exchange Forums” has been developed. In these KEFs we intend to bring together EEP funded projects and other stakeholders in the sector. Earlier KEFs were held in Johannesburg (2014), Dar es Salaam (2015) and Windhoek (June 2016).

Even before the start of the event it was poised to become a great success with registrations surpassing even our most optimistic expectations. Interest in the event was so great that we were forced to close registration early as the capacity of the venue was reached.

With a full house on Tuesday the 20th of September, the EEP Knowledge Exchange Forum brought together around 120 stakeholders in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector in East Africa, half of whom were representing EEP grantees.

 

The programme included a mix of formal presentations, panel discussions and group / round table discussions. Furthermore, a session was included in which participants were able to engage with other support mechanisms that could potentially assist in upscaling EEP funded projects.

During the KEF three projects shortlisted for the “EEP project of the year award” made presentations on their respective nomination. By the end of the forum, the iSmart project was announced as the winner of this award (see separate story).

The EEP team is currently working on a detailed report on the event that will posted to our website shortly.

During the day, various presentations were given and they are now available below:

 

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EEP Project of the year 2016 winner announcement

Photo: iSmart Kenya

Photo: iSmart Kenya

During the recent Knowledge Exchange Forum, the Energy & Environment Partnership programme (EEP) selected the winner for the ”EEP project of the year award”.

All ongoing or completed EEF funded projects were eligible to submit a nomination for this award. In total 16 applications were received for the award, of which three were shortlisted.

All three shortlisted projects were asked to present their project and nomination at the Knowledge Exchange Forum that took place on the 20th of September in Nairobi. The three shortlisted projects were Burn manufacturers (producing clean Jikokoa stoves), iSmart (selling cook stoves in peri urabn and rural areas of Kenya) and Redavia (Rental Solar Power for Food Processing in Tanzania).

All three projects provided excellent presentations on their EEP supported activities and with that the job of the selection committee became quite difficult. Eventually,

The EEP project of the Year title was awarded to the iSmart Kenya.

EEP Project director Wim Jonker-Klunne and Claire Baker from iSmart Kenya receiving the Project of the Year award

EEP Project director Wim Jonker-Klunne and Claire Baker from iSmart Kenya receiving the Project of the Year award

iSmart has been implementing an EEP funded project that supports the sales of improved cookstoves in peri urban and rural areas of Kenya. The project completed its EEP supported activities ahead of schedule and exceeded its targets, providing training and employment for 233 women and youth, and completing sales of 5,273 cookstoves. iSmart focuses on employment of disadvantaged women and youth, and through sales of clean cookstoves that not only positively affect the lives of both the customers and the sales agents economically but also bring health and environmental benefits. The project has created a clear development impact and has proven a successful business model in a challenging environment.

Congratulations to the iSmart team for this excellent performance and for winning the EEP Project of the Year Award. Next to the recognition that comes with winner the award, the project will be offered a speaking slot at the African Utility Week in Cape Town in May 2017 with the EEP programme proving travel and accommodation for one representative of iSmart to travel to Cape Town for this.

The EEP wants to thank all projects that entered the Project of the Year completion for their time and efforts in doing so. We specifically thank the three shortlisted projects to present their nomination at short notice at our KEF.

Read more about iSmart here>>