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.

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.

Notice Board – Sustainable Swaziland 35MW biomass plant

35MW BIOMASS PLANT AND COMMUNITY FORESTRY PROJECT IN SWAZILAND

Sustainable Swaziland – investment opportunity

Montigny holds 60 000 Ha. of FSC Certified Plantations. The company is currently in the process of agreeing partners to take the project from pre-feasibility to bankable feasibility and to invest in the plant’s construction and operations. Biomass from plantations and sawmills will power a 35 MW plant to be completed within 3 yrs. The plant can supply over 28% of Swaziland’s total electricity demand sustainably (displacing imported thermal power). The program will uplift the local economy by at least several hundred million Rand through job creation, increased local investment and a reduced reliance on imports. Montigny has signed an MoU with the Utility (SEC) and confirmed support from The Regulators.

Visit the Notice Board to read more>>

 

Montigny is also a project partner in the EEP funded project Maximizing Timber Waste for Energy Generation in Swaziland,  implemented by TechnoServe Swaziland (SWA7112). Check the project details here>>
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