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.

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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.

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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


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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.



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!




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 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



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:

Learn more about the EEP S&EA:

Learn more about the African Utility Week conference:

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Invitation – 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:  (If the link does not work, you can email your registration to Participation to the event is free of charge but a registration is compulsory.

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Photos: EEP Knowledge Exchange Forum 2014  ©EEP Coordination Office

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’