Promoting the EEP in the Botswana Renewable Energy Conference 11-12 August 2014

Promoting the EEP in the Botswana Renewable Energy Conference 11-12 August 2014

 The Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) promoted the Programme and its granting possibilities for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Botswana Renewable Energy Conference that was held on the 11th and 12th of August in Gaborone, GICC. The conference was organized by the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources and it attracted around 250 conference presenters and participants, including the Honourable Minister O. K. Mokaila.

The first day of the conference offered the participants an opportunity to learn about policies related to renewable energy and benchmark from renewable energy success stories. The EEP presentation took place in the end of the day one.  The second day offered government departments and the private sector an opportunity to acquire knowledge and information from global financing institutions and renewable energy experts.

We hope the EEP presentation encouraged the participants to come up with project ideas that contribute to the poverty reduction while mitigating global climate change. These projects would tackle the EEP Programme objectives through an inclusive and job-creating green economy, improved access to energy and energy security in the Southern and East Africa regions. In addition, the immediate objective of the Programme is to achieve greater access to sustainable energy services through the fast tracking of RE/EE project demonstration and deployment, including through technological learning and private sector investment.

Please contact the EEP Botswana National Coordinator for more information

Mr. Aaron Somolekae
asomolekae@gov.bw
Tel: +267-3640200

 

Announcement for the Ninth Call for Proposal (CFP9)

The EEP S&EA Programme Window 1 – Innovation 2 – will be open for concept note applications 18th August 2014. 

Deadline for submission is 23th September, 2014 at 12h00 (South African time, GMT+2).

The maximum grant allocation for a selected CFP9 project can fall in the range € 100 000 – 300 000.

EEP Africa fundig is available for projects to be implemented in one or more of the following partner countries: Botswana, Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia.

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Splendid interest towards 7th and 8th Call for proposals

The interest towards 7th and 8th Call for Proposals shows the established position the EEP has as a challenge fund to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects

The EEP has been actively opening new call for proposals. CFP7, Innovation 1, closed on the 13th of June and attracted 126 concept note applications. The amount of grants applied for was more than 27 M€. CFP8, Market Creation 1, closed on the 16th of July, and the respective figures were 89 concept note applications and grants applied for more than 45 M€.

Although both calls have specific focuses, their aims are common. Reduction of poverty through inclusive and job-creating green economy and improved energy access and security in the Southern and East Africa regions while mitigating global climate change is the overall aim of both calls. The immediate objective is to achieve greater access to sustainable energy services through the fast tracking of RE/EE project demonstration and deployment, including through technological learning and private sector investment.

We received a large number of quality applications in both calls. As the applied amount of grants exceeds the funds available, the applications that reflect best the objectives of the EEP get a larger likelihood of getting the grant. We are currently processing the concept notes and contact each applicant individually.

We believe the EEP plays an essential role in the region in reaching these objectives – and each effort done towards these objectives comes from all the applicants. Many thanks to all the entities that have given their input and expressed their interest towards the EEP and these two calls.

Next funding window will be open during August – September 2014

Warmest thanks for all shown interest towards the EEP S&EA seventh and eight Call for proposals. ECO will be contacting all applicants regarding the results of the two Calls. The next funding opportunity for both Innovation (window 1 ) and Market creation (window 2) will be opened during August – September 2014. Please follow our website and subscribe to our newsletter to receive more information of the upcoming Calls.

 

 

CFP8 frequently asked questions and answers

This is an summary of the most frequently asked questions of the CFP8 concept note stage which is from May 21st to July 16th 2014.

 

Q: Does the Audited financial report need to be provided in Euros?

A: No, Audited financial report can be in local currency.

 

Q: Can we submit unaudited financial report and provide our audited financials report when it will be available? Do we have to submit the audited financial statements for the Partners also?

A:  Yes, You can submit unaudited financials, but make a note of that in your proposal that the audited financial statements will be provided at a later stage or the reason why you do not conduct an audit in your organization. You have to have the audited financial statements of the lead applicant only.

 

Q: Can you please clarify the definition of ‘Large Scale’ in the context of ‘Large Scale RE/EE Demonstration Projects’. 

A: Large Scale is mainly meant to separate the Market Creation window from Innovation window. If your project meets the CFP8 outputs as well as requirements of co-financing we would consider that it fits the criteria.

 

Q: Can the co-financing of the applicants be in kind contribution (time spent by the researchers, space, utilities, equipment, training)?

A: No, in kind contribution is not accepted as part of own co-funding. The Own contribution part is supposed to ensure that the organization has funds to implement the project. In case the in kind contribution is considerable it is however good to mention it and the added value that it brings for a successful project implementation.

 

Q: Can you please clarify the calculation method for the funding table? e.g; For a Max Grant Level of 200 000€ minimum Co financing is stated as 30%.

A: The co-financing is calculated of the total budget e.g. if the project budget is 285,714.29 EUR, 30% of that amount is 85,714.29 EUR. So it is 30% of the total budget, not the EEP amount. Calculation 285,714.29 x 0,30 = 85,714.29 for co-financing and 285,714.29 -85,714.29 = 200,000 for the grant. This can also be calculated other way i.e. if the grant amounts to 200,000.00 the calculation for co-financing is: 200,000.00/(1,0-0,30)-200,000.00 = 85,714.29

 

Q: The applicant entity is registered abroad, do we need to have a local partner?

A: Yes, if the applicant entity is not based within the (eligible) country of project implementation, the applicant must have at least one local Partner in the country.

Q: The applicant entity is registered abroad, but has a local subsidiary in the country of implementation to implement the project. Is it sufficient to list this subsidiary as the local partner or are additional local partners necessary to have?

A: Yes a local subsidiary in the country of implementation is sufficient to list as the local partner. Needed to describe the local knowledge and capacity of the subsidiary.

 

Q: Does the project submitted under CFP8 need to be a follow-up of an EEP pilot project?

A: No, the project does not have to be a follow-up of an EEP pilot project.

 

 

CFP7 was closed June 13th, 2014

Call for proposal seven application period was closed June 13th, 2014 at 13h00 (South African time, GMT+2).
CFP7  received close to 130 concept note application.

ECO team wants to thank all of the organizations who applied for the fund. The concept notes screening is now under evaluation team’s work.

The CFP8 –  Market Creation, remains open. The submission deadline is July 16th, 2014 at 13h00 (South African time, GMT+2).

 

An EEP Project developer wrote a song about solar energy

The EEP funded Project Sustainable Energy Africa (SA2116) has written a song of solar water heaters. The song is called  Get Your Piece of the Sun. A new, creative way to promote solar water heaters. Listen and share!

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For more information, contact Andrew Janisch Andrew@sustainable.org.za

 

 

 

Call for Proposal 7 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

This is an summary of the most frequently asked questions of the CFP7 concept note stage which was May 15th to June 4th 2014.

 

Q: Does the Audited financial report need to be provided in Euros? We are based in Kenya and therefore our audit report is in Kenyan shillings.

A: No, Audited financial report can be in local currency.

 

Q: Can we submit unaudited financial report and provide our audited financials report when it will be available? Do we have to submit the audited financial statements for the Partners also?

A:  Yes, You can submit unaudited financials, but make a note of that in your proposal that the audited financial statements will be provided at a later stage. You have to have the audited financial statements of the lead applicant only.

 

Q: What does the following mean: “The maximum grant allocation for a selected project can fall in the range €100,000-300,000 depending on the level of verifiable project co-financing brought in by the project.” Presumably that the more co-financing, the more funding you can provide? How much co-financing is required as a start?

A: See the section “VI. EEP S&EA funding” on the CFP7 concept note guidelines. For the minimum grant amount of 100,000.00 EUR, you would need a minimum of 30,000.00 EUR co-funding.

 

Q: Can the 30% co-financing of the applicants be in kind contribution (time spend by the researchers, space, utilities, equipment, and students)?

A: No, in kind contribution is not accepted as part of own co-funding.

 

Q: I would like to find out whether it’s possible to apply to both of the CFP7 and CFP8 windows?

A: Yes, it is possible to apply for both CFP’s windows, but please note that the requirements are quite different for each CFP.

 

 Q: Can our organisation submit two applications in total, each for different country/countries? You say in the guidelines that: “Each organisation should submit ONLY ONE application for a given country.”

A: Yes, You can submit more than one application if they are located in different countries. It is however needed to be kept in mind that the funds available for each call are limited.

 

Q: May a Project Company (name xxx) or University register as the lead member?

A: Yes, Any registered company or Universities are eligible to apply for EEP.

 

Q: We have co-financing and other requirements for the grant application, but we are a startup company and we do not have an audit statement which I see is required just wondering if we could still put in our application?

A: Yes, You can submit an application but please highlight how the project management and financial administration is going to be organized as well as an estimation on future expected turnover.

 

Q: Is it acceptable to include governmental departments on the list of partners? 

A: Yes, can be included as partners but however not as the main applicant

 

Q: Can we submit our concept note application to eep.eco@kpmg.fi email address?

A: No, Concept note application must be completed and submitted via online portal before the deadline. Applications that are submitted after the deadline will be rejected.

 

Good Luck with your Application!