VaasaEnergyWeek gathered up the largest energy cluster in Nordic countries

Vaasa EnergyWeek in Finland is a must-go happening: this annually organized event is the place where the cluster companies gather to network and make business. The Vaasa region is the largest energy cluster in the Nordic countries.
The Energy and Environment Partnership participated to the Vaasa EnergyWeek’s happening called Vaasa Wind Exchange & Solar. We provided the participants with relevant information about the EEP’s opportunities for companies. Not only it is possible to apply for grants, but it might also be possible to find your future business partner through the Programme as well as business and investment opportunities.

Read the EEP’s presentation here>>
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Energy investment opportunities in Southern Africa

The Embsassy of Finland in Pretoria and The Finnish Trade Center, Finpro, organized a networking event for Finnish companies and Friends of Finland on the 12th March in Pretoria. The event was opened by H.E Mr. Petri Salo, Ambassador of Finland and followed by presentations of the current trends and investment opportunities in renewable energy sector in the region and updates of the Energy and Environment Partnership Programme in Southern and East Africa (EEP S&EA).

Mr. Wim Jonker-Klunne, The Programme director of EEP S&EA, gave participants an overview of the current renewable energy trends globally, regionally and in South Africa. In his presentation, Wim underlined that in terms of renewable energy investments and already installed capacity, Africa as a continent is lacking significantly behind the others. However, especially South Africa is rapidly picking up the global trends, and globally the investments in renewable energy has been growing considerably after year 2005. Consequently, the production of new coal and gas has dropped dramatically.

Moreover, the global trends show that people having access to energy and rate of electrification is seemingly lower  in Africa than in the other continents. Currently the gap between the population growth and electrification is only growing.


The latest figures (Feb 2015) show that within the Southern African region most countries are struggling to produce enough electricity for their demand. In South Africa, for example, the current operating capacity is 36000MW the peak demand being 37661MW. To tackle the issue, countries have started to implement alternative energy projects to fill the gap in the energy production. The most commonly implemented technologies are hydro and gas, but also renewables are taken into account (e.g REIPPP).

A delightful trend in the energy sector is that even in South Africa, the energy prices produced by renewable energy sources (mainly solar and wind) are already comparable or lower than new coal or gas options. Hence, the opportunities within the sector are tremendous. The opportunities to connect to the national grid are realistic for larger scale producers but require a longer preparation time due to the bureaucracy. Or in some occasions, when a producer can find a willing buyer, the electricity can be wheeled through the national grid from the production plant to the customer. One example of this type of arrangement is Bio2Watt, selling their electricity (produced from biogas) to BMW in Pretoria.

Other opportunities are in smaller scale renewables (own consumption, off-grid and grid-tied), where also EEP is strongly contributing.

Read the whole presentation from this link>> 20150312 Friends of Finland – investment opportunities southern Africa

The EEP Coordination Office also reminded the participants that the 11th Call for Proposals is now open for concept note applications! Read more here>>


EEP in Africa Energy Indaba

On 17 and 18 February EEP Programme Director Wim Jonker-Klunne participated as panelist in the yearly Africa Energy Indaba conference. The Indaba was organized in close collaboration with the World Energy Council, the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, the Southern African National Energy Association and the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development.

The event was very well attended and hosted the Director General of the South African Ministry of Energy, Dr. Worsley Barnard, who delivered the keynote address, and many other energy luminaries.

Next to an extensive exhibition, the conference saw several parallel sessions in which different prominent issues in the energy field in Africa were discussed and debated. Quite a number of them were very relevant for projects typically supported by EEP.

At the Energy Efficiency session the EEP Programme Director provided his insight in the barriers for the uptake of energy efficiency projects, the role of national targets for energy efficiency as well as the role that can be played by programmes like EEP.

For more information please visit the conference’s website ( or contact Mr. Wim Jonker-Klunne (

Please note that the 8th annual Africa Energy Indaba will be hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg from the 16 – 17 February 2016.

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 (

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”








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

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:

or email your registration to

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

EEP visiting African Utility Week in Cape Town

14th annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and expo was held in Cape Town 13-14 May 2014. African Utility Week is one of the important events of the year. Attendees will includes visitors from 30 African countries.

Picture: EEP visiting EnerGcare’s stand in African Utility Week on the May 13th in Cape Town


More info:

Success Stories : EnerGcare >> >>


International Conference on Solar Energy in Development Cooperation

More than 2 billion people in developing countries do not have access to modern energy supplies. The need to create energy economies and energy infrastructures in developing countries, the decentralized energy demand in rural areas and the large solar resource in most of these countries are perfect conditions for implementing new technologies that utilize renewable energy sources. Moreover the increased use of locally available resources can contribute to many countries’ debt-relief efforts as the importation of energy is one of the contributing factors to high level of debts in developing countries. Solar thermal systems, photovoltaics, solar drying and solar cooking can help to build a sustainable energy system in developing countries and with the appropriate implementation provide local jobs.

The Austrian Development Agency in cooperation with AEE-INTEC, BSW Solar and GIZ sponsors an international conference on Solar Energy Technology in Development Cooperation from 06.11.2014 till 07.11.2014 in Frankfurt, Germany.

During the two-day conference participants will learn, discuss and share knowledge and experiences on realized projects, project financing instruments, and social, political and economic barriers for implementing solar technologies. The conference offers a forum for know-how transfer and exchange of experiences between international solar experts and people working in the field of development cooperation and development policies.

For all further details how to participate and submit papers to be presented during the conference, please see the attached folder of the conference >>