The third EEP In-Depth Study addresses the role of women and girls in renewable and energy efficiency projects of the EEP portfolio

Women and girls are important consumers of energy, and they benefit the most from the availability of sustainable and affordable energy sources. Women’s participation in the value chain of renewable energy solutions has been recognised as indispensable to realising the sustainable development goals.

Gender equality is a cross-cutting theme in EEP and the new EEP In-Depth Gender Study essentially seeks to understand the role of women and girls in renewable and energy-efficiency projects of the EEP portfolio. The study is based on a survey of EEP projects, and interviews with a sample of project developers. It presents a variety of gender-differentiated approaches the projects have adopted as well as the gender-related challenges and outcomes they have identified. The aim of the report is to share lessons learned from gender-related activities within the projects, and to provide recommendations to project developers on how they can maximise the benefits to their business and the development impact from a gender-differentiated approach.

Based on the survey, 12% of project developers considered their projects to be particularly ‘gender targeted’ while 48% considered their projects to significantly contribute to gender equality and/or women’s empowerment, but as a secondary objective. These projects are well positioned to generate substantial development outcomes and real impact on the daily lives of African women and girls. Additionally, in many of these projects the gender-differentiated approach was also considered an important factor in improving financial results.

The report highlights, for example, that women have had particular success in the sales and distribution of solar products and cookstoves, and in many projects female sales agents have been outperforming male counterparts. However, there are still challenges and constraints to women’s involvement in the renewable energy projects more broadly. Safety issues, burden of household chores as well as cultural and societal norms were mentioned as causes that prevent women’s full participation in the workforce.

The report indicates that nearly half of projects were actively following the progress and results of gender related activities and outputs. However, there is still potential to further strengthen the project design process and improve the monitoring in order to ensure prospective benefits to women both as employees and end-users of renewable energy, and to the organization itself.

Read more results of the EEP In-Depth Gender Study from the Summary Report  and feel free to share these results to your network.

EEP would like to thank all the project developers who participated in the gender survey and contributed to the results of the study by sharing experiences and interesting insights from the field.  Special thanks to the following organizations who were interviewed for the study: LivelyHoods Kenya, Improved Cook Stoves for East Africa/Ugastove, Envirofit International, GCS Tanzania, Greenlight Planet Kenya, Nuru Energy East Africa, Norges Vel, BioLite, Renen Energy Solutions, Emerging Cooking Solutions and NewLight Africa.

 

 

Innovative Business Model: EEP project developer SimGas turns manure into energy and fertilizer

The fresh EEP S&EA Innovative Business Model publication features a rapidly growing biogas company SimGas. Currently operating in Kenya and Tanzania, SimGas manufactures, sells and installs domestic off-the-shelf biogas digester systems for rural farming households. Fed with water and manure from livestock, the digester produces both biogas for daily cooking, and fertilizer slurry which can be used to improve crop yields. A full GesiShamba package includes the digester, stove and other accessories as well as installation, piping, end-user training, 5 year service agreement and a warranty.

The benefits of SimGas digesters are reduced energy expenditures, increased farm revenues from improved yields and shift to clean energy from fossil fuels that cause health hazards, CO2 emissions and deforestation. The tailor-made financial solutions are based on an upfront payment combined with set monthly payments for a specified duration. Another innovation in the business model is the carbon credit programme, which enables customers to get a 200 USD discount through SimGas’ carbon credit sales.

SimGas’ growth has been supported by EEP S&EA at two different stages of project development. To date SimGas has sold more than 1,000 biogas systems and the expansion plans include establishing new SimGas hubs in Rwanda, Ethiopia and Uganda.

Read the SimGas Innovative Business Model and take a look at the other four previously published EEP IBMs.

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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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 >>