Mean Sea Level is constructing a full scale 1MW demonstration plant which utilizes wave power in a common buffer dam to generate electricity. The energy convertor is being built in Hermanus, South Africa with support from EEP S&EA and it aims to generate 2 628 000 KWH/year of energy.
EEP project developer Nova Institute has successfully implemented an EEP funded project, and happy to share the good news. See the video on how locally built Brickstar Wood Stoves are changing the lives of almost 5,000 rural households in Limpopo Province, South Africa.
EEP project developer Absolute Energy has produced a video introducing the perspectives of mini-grid customers and staff on the island of Kitobo in Uganda. The 230kWp solar power plant with 520 kWh battery storage was launched on one of the Ugandan islands in Lake Victoria late last year and it currently serves the entire population composed of 555 households and 50 businesses there. Thanks to electricity, new homes and businesses are going up at the edge of the village, and the local police has registered new residents moving from the neighbouring islands to Kitobo.
EEP-funded project developers have received valuable recognition as both Envirofit and SunCulture were selected among the 10 New Energy Pioneers by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Congratulations!
This year a record number of 170 applicants were judged on the innovativeness of their business model, ability to demonstrate momentum and potential for global scale. In earlier years, EEP project developers d.light and Mobisol have been among the winners. EEP team is honored to support these innovative companies promoting clean energy technology in Africa!
BetterWorld Energy has successfully planted the first Pongamia tree at the abandoned tailings storage facility in Northern Zambia, with an aim to plant 40,000 square metres with 2,000 trees as a pilot, before moving on to revegetate 1000 ha and produce 7 million litres of biodiesel and 20,000 tons of biomass charcoal substitute. The EEP grant enabled BetterWorld to carry out a feasibility study for this project, which is the first ever mine site regeneration with Pongamia in Africa. Watch a video about BetterWorld’s pioneering bioenergy project.
EEP supported SunCulture and !nspiraFarms were selected amongst 100+ applicants as Top3 finalists for Start Up Energy Transition Award in the category Special Prize “Start Up SDG7”. The start-ups in this category are working towards UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
The Start Up Energy Transition Award is a facilitator linking start-ups, non-profits, corporates, investors & venture capitalists and the public sector. The Award Ceremony will take place at the Start Up Energy Transition Tech Festival in Berlin on March 20. Visit the event’s website to find out all 18 finalists in 6 categories >>
EEP supported companies SunCulture and Mobisol were honored to be shortlisted as finalists for this year’s International Ashden Awards. At the award ceremony on June 15 in London, they will be competing for the prestigious prize with 12 other sustainable energy organizations. Check out the presentations of all international finalists here >>
Jessica Alderman, Director of Communications & Public Relations at EEP funded Envirofit participated in the Women’s Energy Entrepreneurship workshop in Nairobi last week. The event’s theme this year was Empowering Women Energy Entrepreneurs & Scaling Access to Energy. Alderman got a chance to speak publicly about Envirofit’s cookstove programme, their successes and lessons learned to experts from across the world implementing women’s empowerment programs. On the event’s website you can read about the current discussions on women’s energy entrepreneurship and access some materials of the workshop.
EEP supported project developers Sociedade Algodoeira do Niassa JFS and Energías de Portugal wanted to share this great illustrative video demonstrating electricity production from biomass in the rural village of Titimane, Mozambique. The aim of the EEP project is to implement a hybrid solar/biomass mini-grid for 900 households in Titimane. The animated video promotes public participation, environmental protection and technical innovation, and it was selected as a reference project in the category of Communication and Participation at the international competition “Good Practice of the Year Award” organized by the Renewables Grid Initiative.
Growing Economies: Project Finance Forum 2017
Cape Town, South Africa / Belmond Mount Nelson / 2-3 February
This forum formerly known as the hugely successful Powering Africa: Finance Options will evolve into a high level dialogue focusing on the opportunities to finance energy and energy related infrastructure projects in Southern, East and North Africa. The meeting forms part of EnergyNet’s Growing Economies portfolio, which takes a closer look at the rapidly developing opportunities for project developers in new energy markets across the globe.
See the agenda and register here >>
African Utility Week 2017
Cape Town, South Africa / CTICC / 16-18 May 2017
The 17th annual African Utility Week is the only global meeting place, conference and trade exhibition for African power and water utility professionals. African Utility Week offers a unique networking opportunity for engineers, stakeholders and solution providers alike.
Read more and register here >>
Congratulations Kingo Energy, Mobisol and SunCulture!
Three EEP S&EA project developers are among the 48 organizations longlisted for the global 2017 Ashden Awards. This prestigious awards scheme was established in 2001 to celebrate sustainable energy pioneers both in the UK and the developing world. In addition to the prize sum, the winners receive access to Ashden’s global platform to promote their work, and a tailored package of support to grow further. Shortlists for each Award category will be announced in March, with the Awards to be presented at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 15 June 2017.
Learn more about Ashden’s mission, programme and the past awards winners on the Ashden website.
EEP S&EA supported SunCulture is proud to announce the CEO Samir Ibrahim being named one of Forbes 2017 30 Under 30 winners.
With fierce competition of over 15,000 nominations for just 600 spots, the 30 Under 30 recognizes top young game-changers and entrepreneurs. Previous winners include Mark Zuckerberg, Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel, and SNL’s Kate McKinnon. SunCulture is grateful for this recognition of what the company has achieved over the past 3 years – with 1,000 farmers earning higher incomes, almost 2 billion liters of water conserved annually, and over $2.5 million in annual farmer cost savings and increased revenues – all based on Samir’s founding vision of bringing all farmers out of poverty.
Watch the interviews of EEP S&EA Programme Director Wim Jonker Klunne and Barefoot Power Africa’s CFO Faith Chege
EEP S&EA received positive attention at the latest East African Power Industry (EAPIC) forum in Nairobi as the Programme Director Wim Jonker Klunne was interviewed on stage by ESI Africa Power Journal. Watch the video and listen to Wim’s thoughts about EEP’s development!
In another video EEP supported Barefoot Power Africa Ltd’s Chief Financial Officer Faith Chege talks about the Future Energy Leader recognition she was honored with at EAPIC. Watch the award-winner Fait Chege’s interview here.
Lusaka, Zambia / 22-23 June 2017
For 6 years, Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference & Exhibition (ZIMEC) has played a pivotal role in shaping a sustainable growth path for the development of Zambia’s mining and energy sectors. The 7th ZIMEC event will bring together government, industry players, and other stakeholders to connect, share idea and continue strengthening the country’s economy.
Read more and register here >>
Power and Electricity World Africa 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa / Sandton Conference Centre /28-29 March 2017
The 20th annual Power and Electricity World Africa is the leading marketplace and ideas exchange for African power producers, large energy users and governments, hungry for innovative solutions. The event is co-located with three other shows with more specific focus; The Solar Show Africa 2017, The Water Show Africa 2017 and Energy Efficiency World.
Read more and register here >>
Africa Energy Indaba
Johannesburg, South Africa / Sandton Conference Centre /21-22 February 2017
The Africa Energy Indaba Conference will discuss, debate and seek solutions to enable adequate energy generation across the continent. The event provides an opportunity to network with energy sector experts and decision-makers planning and developing the 21st century energy requirements for Africa. In the Indaba Exhibition over 100 leading energy suppliers will be showcasing the latest technologies, equipment and services.
Read more and register here >>
Power Tech Africa 2017
Nairobi, Kenya / Crowne Plaza / 30-31 January 2017
Power Tech Africa 2017 Conference is a knowledge sharing platform focusing mainly on implementation of Smart Grid / Off-Grid projects using renewable energy for a better and reliable power transmission, identifying sources of capitalizing renewable power projects and exploring Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policies for better project implementation.
Read more here>>
On Thursday the 24th of November, Solar-Works! officially launched its inclusive solar services for off grid customers in Mozambique. The event marked the opening of the company’s first shop, warehouse and head office in Matola. EEP S&EA is supporting Solarworks! in its expansion of operations in Mozambique.
Read more about Solar-Works! and their project in Mozambique here >>
The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) is an international business association working towards the clean energy access in rural areas worldwide. ARE offers a variety of support services including marketing & advocacy, intelligence and business promotion as well as an Off-grid Matchmaking Platform. EEP S&EA cooperates with ARE on knowledge sharing.
If you are interested in ARE, read more about their services here>>
Ashden Awards – submit your application
Established in 2001, the Ashden Awards are a globally recognised measure for excellence in the field of green energy. The award winners are selected by various developments aspects, which are also represented in the EEP Programme. Thus, we encourage the EEP project developers to apply for the award!
Submit your application by 8 November.
Read more and apply here>>
Cape Town / 2-4 November
Windaba Conference and Exhibition is Africa’s Premier Wind Energy conference. This 6th annual event is once again proudly brought to you by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) in partnership with the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).
Read more and register here>>
2017 World Hydropower Congress
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia / African Union Commission / 9–11 May 2017
The 2017 World Hydropower Congress will bring together leaders and specialists to set the course for hydropower’s contribution to future energy and water systems. How to do ‘better hydro’ in a changing world will be a central theme.
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.
Read the project overview and detailed information: Sustainable Swaziland – Monigny Investments (003)
Read more about Montigny and contact the company here>>
International Off-grid renewable Energy Conference & Exhibition
Nairobi / 30 September – 1 October
The 3rd edition of the International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC) will take place in Nairobi, Kenya on 30th September and 1st October 2016. The Conference is being organized by IRENA in partnership with the Kenya Ministry of Energy & Petroleum and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE).
In parallel with the Conference, ARE will organise an exhibition to give the private sector an opportunity to showcase products and projects, and offer participants ample networking occasions.