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)

14457555_1210681798995240_406954811526073020_n

KPMG EEP Coordination Office

 

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:

 

img_0777

img_0819img_0807

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>>

Knowledge Exchange Forum – registration has been closed


Fourth Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF)

Nairobi // Tuesday 20 September // the Hilton hotel at 08:00 am 


Due to unexpected high number of registrations, we have exceeded the venue capacity and the registration have been closed. Thank you for all who registered and we look forward to meet you in Nairobi! 

About the event

The KEF concept has been developed by EEP as a main tool in sharing knowledge and experiences between EEP project developers and other stakeholders in the industry.

The positive feedback we received on our earlier KEFs in Johannesburg (2014), Dar-es-Salaam (December 2015) and Windhoek (June 2016) enables us to present you an event that is specifically geared towards EEP project developers. It will see a combination of presentations on the current status of (renewable) energy in the region, options and possibilities for support to your respective projects, announcement of the EEP Project of the Year Award 2016 and of course ample opportunity to share experiences, learn from each other and to network.

Read the Agenda of the forum here:

KEF Nairobi September 2016-programme

 

The two days following the KEF, the East Africa Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) will take place next door at the KICC on 21 & 22 September. This will offer you the opportunity to participate in our KEF and the following day attend the opening address of the EAPIC and visit the associated exhibition and technical workshops. For those of you that are able to stay the two additional days, you can also participate at the EAPIC conference. The opening addresses, technical workshops and exhibition of EAPIC are free of charge to attend.

Details on the event can be found at http://www.eapicforum.com/

 


 

Knowledge Exchange Forum – registration

Invitation to attend our


Fourth Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF)

Nairobi // Tuesday 20 September // the Hilton hotel at 08:00 am 


The KEF concept has been developed by EEP as a main tool in sharing knowledge and experiences between EEP project developers and other stakeholders in the industry.

The positive feedback we received on our earlier KEFs in Johannesburg (2014), Dar-es-Salaam (December 2015) and Windhoek (June 2016) enables us to present you an event that is specifically geared towards EEP project developers. It will see a combination of presentations on the current status of (renewable) energy in the region, options and possibilities for support to your respective projects, announcement of the EEP Project of the Year Award 2016 and of course ample opportunity to share experiences, learn from each other and to network.

Read the Agenda of the forum here:

KEF Nairobi September 2016-programme

 

UPDATE: Due to unexpected high number of registrations, we have exceeded the venue capacity and the registration have been closed. Thank you for all and we look forward to meet you in Nairobi! 8 September 2016

 

Complete your registration by the 15th of September here>>

Note: To participate in the KEF is free of charges but registration is compulsory! Seats are limited. 

 

 

The two days following the KEF, the East Africa Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) will take place next door at the KICC on 21 & 22 September. This will offer you the opportunity to participate in our KEF and the following day attend the opening address of the EAPIC and visit the associated exhibition and technical workshops. For those of you that are able to stay the two additional days, you can also participate at the EAPIC conference. The opening addresses, technical workshops and exhibition of EAPIC are free of charge to attend.

Note to EEP Project developers: we will be able to give away two free tickets to the full conference (to the EEP projects only) attending our KEF. Register before 30th August and you stand a chance to win!

Details on the event can be found at http://www.eapicforum.com/

 

Block Tuesday 20 September for the next EEP KEF. We hope to see you in Nairobi!


Photo: by Bio2Watt,  Bronkhorspruit biogas plant, South Africa

EEP Knowledge Exchange Forum on 20 September in Nairobi

The fourth Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) will be held in Nairobi on Tuesday 20 September at the Hilton hotel.

The KEF concept has been developed by EEP as a main tool in sharing knowledge and experiences between EEP project developers and other stakeholders in the industry.

The positive feedback we received from you as EEP project developers on our earlier KEFs in Johannesburg (2014), Dar-es-Salaam (December 2015) and Windhoek enables us to present you an event that is specifically geared towards EEP project developers. It will see a combination of presentations on the current status of (renewable) energy in the region, options and possibilities for support to your respective projects, announcement of the EEP Project of the Year Award 2016 and of course ample opportunity to share experiences, learn from each other and to network.

Save the date and follow us to receive further information on the registration to the event! 

 

Knowledge Exchange Forum was held 2 June in Windhoek

EEP Knowledge Exchange Forum

EEP S&EA was hosting its third Knowledge Exchange Forum on the 2nd of June 2016 in Windhoek, Namibia. The event gathered together around 80 participants from private sector and government agencies. The event was opened by the Deputy Director for Energy of the Namibian Ministry of Mines & Energy, Mr. Nico Snyders.

After a welcome address by the Deputy Head of Mission of the Finnish Embassy to Namibia, Ms. Elisabet Kivimaki, the funding partners of the EEP programme (Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, UK Department of International Development and Austrian Development Agency) addressed the audience.

Mr. Nokwazi Moyo of UNIDO informed the participants on the current status of the establishing of the Southern African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE), while EEP Programme Director Wim Jonker Klunne did give a status overview of the EEP programme.

IMG_2374 IMG_2378 IMG_2397

The remainder of the day consisted of presentations and lively round table discussions. The presentations covered topics such as corporate social responsibility by Riikka Sievänen (ECO team, KPMG) and Boston Nyer (BURN), energy efficiency by James Hayes (ECO team), overview of the renewables in the region and EEP update by Wim Jonker-Klunne (ECO team), business development support by Anni Korhonen (ECO team, KPMG) and Riikka Sievänen, and an overview of SACREEE. All the presentations are available at bottom of this page.

The round table discussions received lots of positive feedback and the discussions around each topic were fruitful. The four topics were: 1) Energy access: cooking energy, 2) Project financing: how to attract long-term investors after a successful pilot/ scale-up project, 3) Policy environment: what are the barriers and how to encourage to support new technologies and productive use of energy? And 4) Corporate Social Responsibility.

IMG_2390 IMG_2433

 

As a summary to each topic, by not having a single solution, there were many opposing arguments but also some harmonious views. In cooking energy, an interesting point for example was the introduction of hybrid solutions, where two or several technologies and business models could work together better than stand-alone approaches. This would also require more cooperation between different project developers to come up with more comprehensive energy solutions. The serious health concerns were also pointed out. Still many people in African continent are not having access to clean cooking energy and it is causing more deaths than malaria and tuberculosis and AIDS together.

How to attract long-term investors after a successful pilot or scale up project was also a conversation where many opposing arguments were given. Some participants felt that further support from international agencies could help and make the investing decisions easier, whereas others argued that especially governmental agencies can also harm the financing flow by slowing down the processes. In general, it was agreed that still more market demonstration is needed to prove that the sustainable energy solutions can provide good return on investments. In order to attract investors, all crucial elements of the business plan need to be in place, including the financing plan, clear concept and comprehensive risk management.

The discussions around the policy environment were pointing out the importance of enabling policies; policies that rather enable the greater uptake of renewable energy than red-taping new opportunities. The participants also felt that government and international agencies could take a more active role in dissemination information around renewable energy project financing, mapping e.g mini-grids and in policy harmonization. An important point was also made that each of us as an individual are the most important stakeholders to make the changes we need. What are also required, are stability and consistency in policies so that they, again, would rather enable than limit the new sustainable energy solutions.

The last topic, corporate social responsibility was also seen as a component that can create long-term assets and sustainability for a business. However, many argued that especially in Africa it is difficult to compete with CSR qualities, when some other competitors do not care about them and they compete with lower price. The CSR was seen as important investment in future and an important component to build up the communities around the region. Again, more government enabling practices and policies could support this development.

Overall, the feedback from the participants was very positive, scoring 8 or better (1-10).

The EEP Coordination Office wants to thank everyone who participated the Forum and made it a success. EEP S&EA will be organizing another Knowledge Exchange Forum in Nairobi later this year.

 

The presentations during the Knowledge Exchange Forum:

KEF introduction and overview of the EEP Programme

EEP Business Development Support

KEF Corporate Social Responsibility

KEF Energy Efficiency

SACREEE Presentations at KEF Windhoek

RECP brochure

 

IMG_2411 IMG_2416  IMG_2393 IMG_2422  IMG_2381     IMG_2384  IMG_2375

Knowledge Exchange Forum 2016 and closing of CfPs 12 & 13

The EEP S&EA will be hosting its 3rd Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) in Windhoek, Namibia.

AVANI Windhoek Hotel & Casino / 2nd of June 2016 at 8.00am

The KEF is an annual forum where different stakeholders meet to discuss about current topics and lessons learnt in a renewable energy and energy efficiency field.

The KEF is also a great opportunity to network with other project developers, national and regional policy workers and financiers. The event is open for all and it is free of charges. 

The event agenda: KEF June 2016 programme

Compelete your registration below and ensure your spot at the event! The registration deadline is extended to 27 May 2016. 

Registration closed.

 

IMG_1670

CFP12 and CFP13

The EEP S&EA also inform that the Call for Proposals for CfP12 and CfP13 have been closed. The call for proposals for the two Programme funding windows CfP12 Early stage and CfP13 Market ready was closed on the 25th of April, 2016. In total the Programme received 194 First proposals applying for 34,9 million euro of EEP grant with a total investment of 107,4 million euro. CfP12 Early stage-window contributed to 109 first proposals and the CfP13 Market ready-window to 85 first proposals. The aim is to have a decision made by mid-end of August, 2016.

We thank everyone who showed interest!