CFP10 the most frequently asked questions

This is an summary of the most frequently asked questions of the CFP10 concept note stage which is from October 16th 2014 to January 9th 2015.

 

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 CFP10 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: I would like to find out whether it’s possible to apply CFP11 even though we have also applied in the previous Calls?

A: Yes, it is possible to apply again in CFP11, but please note that the requirements are 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: 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. The local partner must have a clear role in the project implementation, but they are not required to be an equity partner.

 

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 CFP10 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.

 

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

A: Yes,  any registered company, university or other registered organization is eligible to apply for EEP.

 

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

Knowledge Exchange Forum 2014

The EEP S&EA was hosting its first Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) on 29th October 2014 in Johannesburg, South-Africa.

The KEF attracted almost 80 participants including the donors and national coordinators, project developers, research institutes and other stakeholders. The event was opened by Mr. Petri Salo, the ambassador of Finland in South-Africa and chaired by Mr. Mark Sampson (https://africaclockwise.wordpress.com/).

The main objectives of the forum were to increase awareness and brand image of the EEP Programme, share lessons between the participants and connecting actors in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector. Moreover, the KEF provided information on how to apply for the EEP funding.

The day was built around two panel discussions; RE/EE business models and socio-economic benefits, and succeeding in bioenergy sector in Southern African region. The panelists represented the EEP project developers and other RE/EE experts in the region. Both of the topics rouse a lively discussion around policies, financing the projects, and the best business models for off-grid energy solutions.

During the KEF, the first EEP Project of The Year was also awarded. ECO team wants to express our warmest congratulations to Devergy who was selected as the winner. Read more about the project here.

A feedback of the event was very positive. Thank you for all who participated and made the day a success!

“The best exchange forum I have been to”               “Loved it. Mark, you rock! My face is sore from smiling”

“The meeting has been a big eye opener for me. I am so happy to know that with my projects for the poor community I am playing a part in protecting the environment”

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We will be posting video clips of the event here shortly.

EEP PROJECT OF THE YEAR 2014: DEVERGY (TAN4019)

‘Prepaid Electricity Micro Grids for rural Electricity in Tanzania’ by Devergy.

Summary
Devergy is a social energy utility which provides a reliable, easy to use electrical service designed to be affordable for low income population not connected to the power grid. The service is based on a plug-and-play village-sized energy microgrid which provides solar power to households and businesses; it allows the users to connect lights and appliances such as radios, TVs and refrigerators.

The key feature of the system is an energy meter that powers the household with a pay-per-use approach, where each user tops up his energy account by buying Devergy credit. Credit can be purchased for the same value of mobile phones credit, and the energy pricing is lower than the designed
to have lower spending than kerosene lighting or commercial phone charging. The installation cost of the energy grid is largely covered by Devergy, except for an affordable fee which is asked at the time of first connection, thus allowing even the lower income customers to access the service.

The customers receive an unprecedented service thanks to a system that is designed to require no user maintenance and that is remotely monitored for faults, so that the reliability and availability of the service is unmatched.

Preliminary Results
1. Devergy grids have been deployed in 6 villages in the Bagamoyo and Morogoro districts in
Tanzania
2. Approx.  800 paying customers connected to the Devergy grids
3. Village appliances sales and customer care established
4. 15 staff employed, mostly local Tanzanians
5. Technicians and agents trained
6. Village acquisition process defined and validated
7. Grid and Meter deployment procedures established

Since the completion of the EEP funded project, Devergy has continued to grow substantially and is planning to extend  their operations also to other regions in Tanzania.

The project inception and implementation is nicely narrated in a short documentary that provides guaranteed smiling by the end.  Click here to see Devergy’s video. 

To find out more about Devergy, visit http://www.devergy.com/

Our warmest congratulations!

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Announcement for the tenth call for proposal

As a challenge fund, the EEP S&EA Programme is seeking high-quality applications for projects in the that can contribute to the reduction of poverty by improving energy security while mitigating global climate change. The EEP S&EA Programme Window 2 – Market Creation – is now also open for concept note applications.

The submission deadline is January 9th, 2014 at 13h00 (South African time, GMT+2).

The CFP10 – Market Creation – is funding viable RE and EE projects that are close to commercial maturity and have prospects for scale-up. Such projects must have at least completed the feasibility phase and should meet the requirements outlined in the accompanying Concept Note (“CN”) Guidelines.

The maximum grant allocation for a selected CFP8 project can fall in the range € 200 000 – 1 000 000 depending on the level of verifiable project co-financing brought in by the project.

Read more >>

EEP S&EA Knowlegde Exchange Forum 2014

The EEP S&EA will be hosting its first Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) on 29th October 2014 in Johannesburg, South-Africa.

The KEF focuses on connecting networks between actors in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector, and moreover between the EEP current and potential project developers and national contacts. One of the main targets of the Forum is to share valuable lessons learnt between the participants. KEF is an open Forum for all interested.

Participant list will include the donor bodies, national focal point contacts, ECO team, EEP Project developers, relevant stakeholders and other ones interested.

In participation to the event is free of charge.

Click here to see the agenda and to register >>

Registration to the event is compulsory. Seats are limited. If the link to the registration form does not work in the Invitation document, follow this link to register: http://digiumenterprise.com/answer/?sid=1225019&chk=U53EQJYE

or email your registration to riika.viik@kpmg.fi

We look forward seeing you in Johannesburg on the 29th October!

Apply for the EEP Project of The Year 2014 title!!

The EEP S&EA will be hosting its first Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) on 29th October 2014 in Johannesburg, South-Africa. The KEF will also announce the winner for the EEP Project of Year (2014).

We warmly encourage every EEP project to apply for the nomination. All project developers, including the completed projects, are welcome to apply.

3 Simple Rules for the Nomination:

1. You must be either currently (ongoing project) or previously (completed project) granted for the EEP S&EA funding.

2. Send your application to eep.eco@kpmg.fi address  using a topic “EEP Project of the Year”

3. Include your project code and name and short description of why you should be voted the  EEP Project of the year 2014!

 

We will invite the finalists to present their projects in the KEF and where the winner will be announced.

The winner will be rewarded eminently!

 Please send your application by the 20th October 2014!

All  rights and subject to change without notice reserved.

 

Innovation window – Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

This is an summary of the most frequently asked questions of the CFP9 concept note stage which deadline was September 16th 2014.

 

Q: Is it required to have a pre-feasibility study completed before applying for the EEP funding in the Innovation window?

A: No, it is not required. However, all studies completed before applying can be beneficial for the application.

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 CFP9 and CFP10 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.

The Ninth Call for Proposals is now closed

Thank you all shown interest!

With the Call For Proposal Nine (CFP9), the EEP S&EA opened its forth application round during this year. CFP9, Innovation 2, was closed on the 23rd of September and attracted 122 concept note applications. The amount of grants applied for was more than 25 million euros.

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 the Call. 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. 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 will 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.