Nordic Climate Facility to launch a new CfP in August 2017

Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) is a challenge fund providing grant support for innovative climate change projects in developing countries. NCF’s seventh Call for Proposals, open from 28 August to 29 September 2017, carries a theme of Climate as Business—Testing innovative green business concepts with a focus on climate-related business ideas with potential to become commercially viable. NCF is fully financed by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF), a joint development financing institution of the five Nordic countries, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

The eligible projects should be implemented through partnerships between local organizations in one of the Nordic countries and in one of the 21 NCF countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America. African countries included are Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

More information about the requirements and the application process as well as descriptions of the 72 previously funded projects can be found on the NCF website.

EEP project developers are strongly encouraged to create new partnerships and apply for NCF funding to test their green business concepts.

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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The Power of Fire – Innovative Business Model by BioLite

The brand-new EEP Innovative Business Model features a social enterprise BioLite, whose HomeStove products combine benefits of faster and cleaner cooking, device charging and economic savings while using a basic fuel like firewood.

With its innovative biomass cookstove technology, BioLite can address multiple energy needs (ie. cooking, charging, lighting) simultaneously and cost-effectively. The unique value proposition meets the potential customers as the rates of mobile ownership in the EEP countries continue to outpace rates of electrification. The breakthrough technology is in the thermoelectric design that captures waste heat from the fire and converts it into usable electricity to power and internal fan. Surplus electricity from cooking sessions is sent to a USB port for charging mobile phones or LED lights. HomeStove is a device which attracts customers in rural as well as urban areas by serving a variety of needs in households.

After the demo phase in Uganda BioLite wanted to scale up its sales and established a fruitful partnership with a Ugandan telecommunications company Telecom. The robust network of shops, built-in infrastructure and visibility of the BioLite brand alongside to Telecom’s other modern technology products has greatly benefited both parties.

With the help and support of the EEP S&EA BioLite has successfully established several core partnerships in both Uganda and Kenya. By embedding BioLite’s own field staff into these channels to provide product demonstrations, customer training, and after-sales service, BioLite has been able to strengthen both sales and partner satisfaction.

Read the full story of BioLite’s Innovative Business Model here >>

EEP S&EA Annual M&E Programme Report 2016 published

According to the EEP S&EA Annual Monitoring & Evaluation Programme Report, EEP S&EA has experienced a very successful year 2016.

The validated results of the 103 monitored projects (out of 223 approved for grant funding) show good progress on almost all indicators, and several indicators exceeded by very considerable margins. Total economic benefits through EEP projects amounted to EUR 55,7m consisting of time-cost savings, wages from jobs and business income, and actual CO2 emission reductions amounted to 706,063 tonnes. In terms of increased business development support (BDS), the indicator target was achieved as a result of successful scaled-up activities. The EEP BDS contributed to supporting the project developers in managing RE/EE businesses and leveraging finance.  Finally, the results highlight that EEP S&EA has consolidated its important regional role in knowledge dissemination and public awareness of RE and EE.

Highlighting EEP S&EA’s success in 2016, nearly 3 million people benefited from clean energy projects funded by EEP, and about 588,000 rural and urban households received improved access to off-grid clean energy. In terms of gender balance, 52% of total savings were accounted as benefits accruing to women, and out of the total 5,930 jobs created 2,142 were specifically for women.

Read more about the progress on performance, the up-to-date programme portfolio overview and other results in the EEP S&EA Annual M&E report >>

EEP Knowledge Exchange Forum on 11 April in Lusaka

The fifth EEP Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) will take place in Lusaka on Tuesday April 11 at the InterContinental Hotel.

The successful 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.
Our earlier KEFs in Johannesburg (2014), Dar-es-Salaam (2015), Windhoek (2016) and Nairobi (2016) were received with a great interest by the EEP project developers. The positive feedback from participants has enabled us to create an event which is specifically geared towards and tailored for the needs of EEP project developers. The event in Lusaka provides a combination of presentations on the current status of renewable energy in the S&EA region as well as discussion on options for support to your respective projects. Based on its core idea of networking, the KEF serves as an ample opportunity to share experiences between project developers and other stakeholders and to learn from each other.

Save the date now and wait for further information on the registration to the event! Please note that the registration for the KEF in Nairobi had to be closed early due to high demand.

See the preliminary agenda here >>

UPDATE: The registration is now open until the 3rd of April.
Please register to KEF Lusaka here >>

EEP In-Depth Study on Solar PV business models

EEP S&EA has carried out a study analyzing and synthesizing experiences from different solar PV business models in the EEP funded projects in southern and east Africa. The key findings of the study focus on the suitability of the business models to different market segments, creation of employment opportunities as well as the role of public-private partnerships’ in implementing solar PV business models. Finally, the study presents the specific areas where financial support could be targeted in support of the solar PV sector. The Solar PV in-depth study is the second in-depth study published by the EEP S&EA.

Read the full In-Depth Study about solar PV business models here >>

A policy brief on the solar PV business models, produced by EEP ECO, was also published in the latest issue of ESI-Africa magazine, which is available here>>