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.
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 >>
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.
UPDATE: The registration is now open until the 3rd of April.
Please register to KEF Lusaka here >>
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>>
The second published Innovative Business Model presents Nuru Energy (Nuru), a Rwandan company providing rural households with access to sustainable, off-grid energy solutions. Nuru’s business model provides not only access to affordable energy, but also a platform to develop rural entrepreneurship. The new, environmentally safe product offering involves four key components: LED task lights, 60W solar panel, POWERCycle pedal generator and the Octopus Charger.
The Nuru Energy business model is successful because it considers the local conditions and needs for an off-grid solution specifically tailored for households living below the poverty line. By studying the characteristics of kerosene or flashlights for light consumption and leveraging off the examples from telecoms and collaborative consumption businesses, Nuru Energy can offer affordable LED lights to lowest income consumers and opportunities for village-level entrepreneurs to grow their own business whilst Nuru can generate revenue through the energy credit system.
Nuru Energy has by today distributed close to 100,000 LED lights successfully set up over 700 village-level entrepreneurs with an off-grid recharging platform that serves over 800 villages.
Read the full story of Nuru Energy’s Innovative Business Model
The third published Innovative Business Model introduces a business model by Lean Solutions Energy Group (Lean). One of the company’s highlights is the successful Boiler/Furnace Conversion programme. The programme aims at 25% savings in energy costs by offering two solutions, conversion of existing fossil fuel boilers or furnaces to Lean Briqs fed boilers and furnaces or alternatively, for very old boilers, installation of a new lean fired boiler set. The eco-friendly Lean Briqs are non-carbonized briquettes produced from charcoal dust and agricultural waste including sugar cane remains, saw dust and coffee husks.
The innovative business model Lean has developed for the boilers is based on four steps: Build, Own, Operate and Transfer – the BOOT model. The unique solution of the BOOT model is that Lean takes the full responsibility of the investment and the boiler that is located at the facilities of the client. Lean owns the boiler and is in-charge of building and operating the boiler.
The BOOT model is highly replicable and the boiler conversions can be efficiently implemented. In addition to positive results through employment opportunities and reductions in use of petroleum-based fuels, the EEP funding is expected to achieve a catalysing effect that will enable up to 30 boiler conversion projects within the next three years.
Read the full story of Lean’s Innovative Business Model
Previously EEP has published a study on Innovative Business Model by Inyenyeri in Rwanda. The publication Proof is in the cooking is available here.
Energy efficiency is a concept that affects all systems that produce, transmit, store or consume energy and it has been called as one of the world’s greatest future ‘sources’ of energy. The EEP S&EA has published an In-Depth Study on Energy Efficiency. This report highlights energy efficiency issues relating to different technologies applied in the projects supported by EEP. A closer look will be taken at four specific areas within the EEP S&EA portfolio, which are significantly impacted by energy efficiency: clean cookstoves, lighting technology, building sector and solar PV projects. The Energy Efficiency In-Depth Study is the first in a series of In-Depth studies that will be published by EEP S&EA.
Learn more about energy efficiency issues and read the full In-Depth Study here>>
The Energy Efficiency In-Depth Study is supported by a number of separate Technical Briefs presenting a broad overview of energy efficiency principles which affect the key areas of energy systems within the portfolio. These technical briefs provide introductions to some of the key concepts relating to energy efficiency in the EEP projects, and enhance the understanding of the energy efficiency’s technical background. The first brief addresses the different aspects of energy efficiency on a more general level and the second one highlights the importance of technology choices and practical considerations for improving the total efficiency of solar PV systems.
EEP has produced a series of technical briefs, which provide
introductions to some of the key concepts relating to energy efficiency in the EEP projects and enhance the understanding of the energy efficiency’s technical background. The first brief addresses the different aspects of energy efficiency on a more general level and the second one highlights the importance of technology choices and practical considerations for improving the total efficiency of solar PV systems. Get a broader overview of the energy efficiency principles and read the first two Technical Briefs here:
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