Join us for coffee!

EEP Coordination Office is hosting a coffee hour for EEP Project developers during the African Utility Week in Cape Town.

 

The coffee hour  is an opportunity to meet the ECO Team and other EEP project developers. This informal networking event will be organized in close proximity to the CTICC.

Date and time: Tuesday 17 May 2016 at 12h00 – 13h00

 

Registration guidelines:

  • Please confirm your interest to participate by emailing eep.eco@kpmg.fi address by May 10th, 2016.
  • Use an email topic ‘Coffee hour‘ and indicate your EEP project code and how many people will participate.
  • Note that this is a limited invitation only to project developers who have been awarded with EEP S&EA grant (PhaseI and Phase II)
  • After the registration, the ECO team will send the participants further information of the venue.

 

We hope to see you in Cape Town!

 

 

WEBINAR – CfP12 and CfP13 Q&As

EEP S&EA is hosting two ‘Questions and Answers’ -webinars for the currently open Call for Proposals (CfP12 and CfP13). The Webinars focus on clarifying the most commonly asked questions for both windows and participants can present their questions to the EEP Coordination Office.

 

Webinar 1: Thursday the 14th of April at 14h00 South African time (GMT +2)

Webinar 2: Thursday the 21st of April at 14h00 South African time (GMT +2)

 

The Webinar is free of charge and we highly recommend all applicants to participate.

 

Register to the webinar here>>

 

 

EEP Knowledge Exchange Forum // presentations

EEP Knowledge Exchange Forum was held in Dar Es Salaam, 3 December 2015

The second annual Knowledge Exchange Forum by Energy and Environment Partnership Programme was held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania in early December. Again, the forum proofed to have demand in the region and the day resulted a splendid success.

Below, you can review the presentations that were given during the day. A summary of the event and the round table discussions will be published here soon.

 

Read more about our Project of The Year 2015, ECO-Fuel Africa Limited>>

 

 

EEP project of the year / Eco-Fuel Africa

ECO-FUEL AFRICA WINS THE TITLE OF EEP PROJECT OF THE YEAR 2015

 

The Ugandan based Social Enterprise Eco-Fuel Africa won the prestigious title “Project of the Year 2015” at the annual Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) arranged by the Energy and Environment Partnership Programme of Southern and East Africa (EEP S&EA).

 

Sanga Moses, the Energy Innovator and CEO of Eco-fuel Africa, told the audience how he came about to fight the energy problem in Uganda. “On a day that I made a journey to meet my mother I met kid sister carrying wood and as she saw me she started crying. First I thought she was happy to see me but then I found out the she cried because she was tired to miss school at least twice a week to carry wood instead of attending school”. Seeing his younger sister crying and on the verge of losing the only opportunity she had to improve her life, inspired Sanga to think about an alternative source of fuel. To solve this problem Sanga quit his office job and with savings of just 500 USD he came up with an idea that he hopes that will fix part of the energy crises in Uganda.

 

He started Eco-fuel Africa, a Social Enterprise that works with the local communities in Uganda to convert locally sourced farm and municipal waste into clean cooking fuel briquettes that averts the use of wood-based fuels that depletes the forest. The users of the briquettes benefit from a product that burns longer, burns cleaner and is substantially cheaper than the charcoal that is regularly used.

 

Up till now Eco-Fuel Africa has created over 5,800 jobs for the people at the base of the pyramid by creating income sources for over 3,000 farmers and over 2,000 micro-retailers. The business model of Eco-Fuel Africa is simple. Farmers burn their farm waste, like coffee husk, sugarcane waste and corn waste, in basic kilns made out of used oil drums to create a char that can be turned into briquettes. These briquettes are then distributed by a network of micro-retailers that are exclusively single mothers as Sanga initial motivation for the business was to enable kids of single parents to enrol and stay in school. The strength of the business idea behind Eco-fuel Africa is that it brings an added social value to the local community by its decentralised approach that keeps the profits among local farmers, briquette producers, retailers and consumers.

 

Thanks to the funds received by EEP, Eco-Fuel Africa has been able to drastically scale up and fast track its business and today they reach over 56,000 households on a daily basis, provides 5,800 jobs for people at the base of the pyramid and has enabled 20,000 kids to enrol and stay in school. But as Sanga points out, Eco-Fuel Africa is just in an early phase on its “mission to solve the energy crises in Uganda”.

 

As EEP “Project of the Year 2015” Eco-Fuel Africa won the opportunity to present this extraordinary project at the African Utility Week conference in Cape Town from 17 – 19 May 2016.

 

Learn more about Eco-fuel Africa: http://ecofuelafrica.co.ug/

Learn more about the EEP S&EA: http://eepafrica.org/

Learn more about the African Utility Week conference: http://www.african-utility-week.com/

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Invitation – Knowledge Exchange Forum 2015

EEP KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE FORUM 2015

The EEP S&EA will be hosting its second Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) on 3 December 2015 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

As a Programme Director of EEP I would like to encourage all our project developers to seriously consider to attend our forthcoming Knowledge Exchange Forum. The KEF has been set up with you in mind. The main focus will be on exchanging experiences and knowledge, but also to come in contact with other EEP projects and the EEP team.

We are very pleased to have the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) joining us at the KEF to present their Sustainable Energy Marketplace for RE/EE projects. This tool can be very beneficial to EEP projects that are looking to upscale after the current EEP support. IRENA will send the virtual market place project manager to present the market place and, in a dedicated working session, to work with you as project developers in showcasing this tool.

At the KEF we will be focusing on your experiences in a number of “round tables” in which you can share your experiences, and learn from others, around a number of topics. In the programme you will find a preliminary list of round table topics. But we are very open to suggestions for additional topics from your side as well.

And last, but certainly not least, during the event we will announce the winner of the EEP Project of Year award. Just to remind you: the award is not only a recognition of the excellent work of your project, but we also have secured a speaking slot at the leading Africa Utility Week / Clean Power Africa conference in Cape Town to present your project! EEP will cover the costs of travel, accommodation and conference fees for a representative of the winning project to go to Cape Town for this mid-May!

To conclude, I sincerely hope you will be able to join us in Dar es Salaam for our East Africa Knowledge Exchange Forum and I am looking forward to meet you there!

 

Kind regards,

Wim Jonker Klunne

EEP Programme Director

 

Click here to view the agenda and register>>

Or follow this link to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FMHGZDZ  (If the link does not work, you can email your registration to fred.eklund@kpmg.fi). Participation to the event is free of charge but a registration is compulsory.


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ESI Africa Interview with Wim Jonker-Klunne at EAPIC 2015

The EEP S&EA Programme director mr. Wim Jonker-Klunne participated in the 2015 East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) held in Kenya in August 2015.

Wim discusses about the EEP Programme with ESI Africa editor Nicolette Pombo van-Zyl. Klunne gives more detail into the types of projects that the EEP programme is currently busy with, as well as some of the policies around investing in renewable power for both the local and foreign investors.

Watch the full interview here>>

Link:  EAPIC website

Link: ESI Africa ‘Africa’s Power Journal’

 

WEBINAR: IRENA Sustainable Energy Marketplace, 26 October

Make sure you don’t miss

WEBINAR – Promoting Renewable Energy Finance in Africa: IRENA Sustainable Energy Marketplace

Date and time: 26th October, 12:00 – 13:00 pm GMT

A financing need and opportunity of USD 50-55 billion per annum for energy investments
for sustainable development exists in Africa. This is at least five-fold compared to the current
investment levels, calling for remarkable scale-up. To enhance development, bankability and
financing of renewable energy projects IRENA has launched the Sustainable Energy Marketplace
(http://www.irena.org/marketplace). It is a virtual marketplace for renewable energy project
owners and their projects, financiers and service providers in Africa and later on in other developing
countries. IRENA & EEP welcome project owners to this webinar to see how the marketplace works,
how to register your project in the marketplace, and thus get more visibility for your project and
access important information, data and tools.

STRUCTURE OF THE EVENT

  • Opening and welcome, EEP, Wim Jonker Klunne, Programme Director
  • Demo and presentation of IRENA’s Sustainable Energy Marketplace, Aleksi Lumijarvi,
  • Programme Officer, Renewable Energy Finance, IRENA
  • Q&A

The total length of the event will be approximately 45 min

You can register to the webinar here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1060360587583687426

Read the full concept note and more insights of the IRENA Sustainable Energy Market Place here>>

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SAIREC EEP side event was held in Cape Town on the 5th of October

EEP side event at SAIREC

From 4 – 7 October, the South African Department of Energy and the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), supported by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st century (REN21), hosted the South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) in Cape Town, South Africa. Approx. 3 600 delegates from 82 countries participated in this event, which was the sixth meeting in the series of International Renewable Energy Conferences (IRECs) building upon successful outcomes in Abu Dhabi in 2013 (ADIREC), New Delhi in 2010 (DIREC), Washington in 2008 (WIREC), Beijing in 2005 (BIREC), and in Bonn in 2004 (Renewables 2004).

At SAIREC EEP organized an official side event with the title “Energy access in Africa: lessons learned and the way forward”. The event took place on the first day between the official conference programme and the gala dinner, in parallel with six other side events.

The EEP event was, compared to the other side events, well attended and received positive feedback of the audience.

The event was opened by H.E. Mr. Petri Salo, Ambassador of Finland in South Africa, after which Mr. John Warburton, the new DFID Southern Africa Climate Change Team Leader, set the scene with an introduction into energy access in Africa and the actions required to reach all currently unserved populations.

EEP Programme Director Mr. Wim Jonker Klunne presented the EEP programme and its achievements, followed by a joint presentation by Mr. Jonker Klunne and Mr. Darius Boshoff on lessons learned from implementing the projects supported under EEP.

After these presentations, Ms. Georgina Ayre, DFID Regional Southern Africa Climate and Environment Advisor, led a discussion panel that reflected on the presentations. The panel consisted of Mr. Aleksi Lumijarvi (IRENA, Programme Officer Renewable Energy Private Sector Finance), Mr. Mark Radka (UNEP, Chief Energy, Climate, and Technology Branch) and Mr. Linus Mofor (UNECA, Senior Expert on Energy and Climate Change).

All three panelists praised EEP for the results achieved and expressed their hope that EEP would indeed be able to advance the sustainable energy sector in Africa through deep dives into the experiences of the projects supported.

Interaction with the audience did see a number of questions being put forward to the presenters and the panelists, as well as some of the EEP project developers standing up and publicly thanking EEP for its support to their respective projects.

The EEP side event was able to showcase the programme to SAIREC participants, while at the same time to re-confirm the relevance of it. The common opinion amongst the panelists and audience was that EEP had a wealth of experiences and knowledge within its portfolio and that we should make this known to the world at large.

Please access the main presentation of the event here: 20151005 SAIREC side event>>

 

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