EEP team spreading the word on CfP 14 in Nairobi and Lusaka events

EEP Africa hosted a Question and Answers session on the 14th Call for Proposals (CfP14) for over 30 people at the EEP regional hub office in Nairobi on Tuesday 12 June. The event was kicked off with the EEP CfP14 video and followed by an interactive questions and answers on the EEP Africa Innovation window. A lot of interesting questions were made by interested project developers and hopefully all questions were answered. You can check the FAQs of the call on the website for more information or reach out to the EEP team through cfp@eepafrica.org

In Lusaka, EEP joined the two-day Zambia Off-Grid Investor Forum organized by Alliance for Rural Electrification and GOGLA, and supported by RECP. On Wednesday 12 June, EEP Head of Portfolio and Finance participated in a panel discussing financing for off-grid solutions and was able to share information about the open CfP14 to the conference audience consisting of local and regional project developers as well as investors and other sector players. EEP also shared experiences on off-grid projects in the region focusing on the importance of developing successful business models and on the current critical barriers of the sector.

The project developers participating in the forum were highly interested in the open CfP14. During the two days EEP held one-on-one discussions with countless project developers and answered questions on eligibility and application procedures. Many projects had already started their application process and wanted to ask details on the process going forward.

EEP wants to thank all project developers for their interest in both events. We are looking forward to receiving high quality applications from Kenya and Zambia. A big thank you to the organisers of Zambia Off-Gird Investor Forum who created a successful event that provided relevant information about the Zambian off-grid market that is developing rapidly at the moment.

The interest for CfP14 has been significant and the EEP team is doing its best to answer all questions.  We encourage all interested project developers to visit CfP14 page to learn more about the call for proposals and application procedures. Please read the application guidelines and other relevant documents carefully before you apply to make sure you qualify.Interested applicants have until June 28 at 13h Helsinki time to submit proposals.

Join our online webinar or Q&A sessions in Nairobi and Lusaka

Interested in taking part in EEP Africa’s Call for Proposals 14, but still having some questions? Join our team on Tuesday 5 June from 3 to 4 pm Helsinki time in a webinar to get your question answered! In this webinar we will discuss frequently asked questions on the call and provide the opportunity to participants to ask specific questions to the EEP team directly.

Register here for the webinar >>
Please feel free to send your questions, comments and feedback in advance to cfp@eepafrica.org.

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Are you in Nairobi or Lusaka and want to meet our team face-to-face? Please joins us for a Q&A session on Tuesday 12 June from 10 to 11.30am in Nairobi (KPMG Office, 8th Floor, ABC towers, Wajyaki Way) or on Wednesday 13 June from 2 to 4 pm at the Zambia Off-Grid Investor Forum 2018 (Radisson Blu Hotel Lusaka).`

Register here for the Nairobi Q&A session >>

Register here for the Zambia Off-Grid Investor Forum to join our Lusaka Q&A session>>

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The 14th EEP Africa Call for Proposals invites applications from early stage off-grid and on-grid clean energy projects in active development phase in Southern and East Africa. We are looking for projects with strong Concept Innovation, Development Impact and Business Model & Financial Sustainability. Find more information and guidelines here >>

EEP Africa CfP14 Goes Live in Cape Town

A new video release and a panel of past EEP Africa grant recipients mark the launch of the latest EEP Africa Call for Proposals

With a well-attended event on the first day of Africa Utility Week (AUW) in Cape Town, the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) and the EEP Africa team officially opened the EEP Africa Innovation window for new proposals. Guidelines and a launch video for the latest call can be accessed here. Interested applicants have until June 28 at 13h Helsinki time to submit proposals.

The Energy and Environment Partnership covering Southern and East Africa (EEP Africa) is a multi-donor fund hosted by NDF and providing early stage grant and catalytic financing to innovative clean energy projects, technologies and business models. It operates as an open, competitive challenge fund through regular rounds of Calls for Proposals (CfPs). Current funding partners include Austria, Finland and NDF.

Kicking off the event, Wim Jonker Klunne, Lead Coordinator for EEP Africa told the audience, “Coming straight from a panel on minigrid development just prior to this launch where two of the other panelists came from the EEP Africa portfolio, it is very clear that we have been able to advance projects on the ground with real impact, and we see a very clear signal that EEP Africa financing remains critical to the development of the clean energy sector in the region.”

“We have been working toward this day for more than 18 months. Thanks to so many people and partners for bringing us here,” said Charles Wetherill, NDF Manager for the EEP Africa Fund. “The next step is up to you in the audience, the project developers. Bring your best ideas, and let’s get to work on the next generation of innovative clean energy businesses, projects and technologies supporting sustainable and inclusive green growth in Southern and East Africa.”

EEP Africa was first launched in 2010 under the leadership of Finland with co-financing from Austria and the UK. It has been at the forefront of efforts to fast track clean energy access and sustainable and inclusive green growth across the Southern and East Africa region, channelling more than EUR 57 million to 200+ pioneering projects leveraging clean energy technologies and business models to transform lives and livelihoods for the very poor.

 EEP projects have improved energy access for close to a million households, contributed to more than 8,000 new jobs, of which more than 3,000 accrued to women, resulted in more than 1.3 million tonnes of direct CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions and leveraged more than €150 million in additional investment.

 The event also saw the release of a new EEP Africa video and featured a panel of past recipients of EEP Africa financing including Marius Hugo, Managing Director at Mean Sea Level, a wave energy developer in South Africa, Dan Klinck, CEO at East Africa Power, a hydro power developer in Rwanda, Prosper Magali, Director for Business Development at Ensol Energy, a minigrid developer in Tanzania and Rehema Nakyazze, CEO at UgaStove, a clean cook stove manufacturer in Uganda.

 The event came one day after the latest EEP Africa Investor Forum which put investor representatives together with EEP Africa project developers for an afternoon of pitches, matchmaking and deal flow identification.

For more information and updates on future EEP Africa CfPs and investor events, please follow this space or get in touch at info@eepafrica.org.

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EEP Africa Investor Forum in Cape Town spotlights deal flow

EEP Africa hosts investor representatives and EEP Africa project developers for a matchmaking session at the start of Africa Utility Week in Cape Town

14 May 2018, Cape Town, South Africa – A group of clean energy sector investors representing venture capital, impact finance, private equity, DFIs and financial institutions came together with EEP Africa project developers one day before the start of Africa Utility Week (AUW) in Cape Town for an afternoon of pitches, matchmaking and deal flow identification.

The Energy and Environment Partnership covering Southern and East Africa (EEP Africa) is a multi-donor fund hosted by NDF and providing early stage grant and catalytic financing to innovative clean energy projects, technologies and business models.

The Investor Forum is an EEP Africa flagship event. Investors looking to identify deal flow opportunities can access a pre-screened pipeline of clean energy projects stemming from the EEP Africa portfolio. EEP Africa project developers with proven clean energy business models and projects poised for construction have a chance to start a conversation with potential investors.

“EEP Africa is more than a series of one-off projects that start and stop with a grant,” touted Charles Wetherill, NDF Manager for the EEP Africa Fund. “Our added value is taking the first step, bearing the early risk and developing a pipeline of investible clean energy businesses, projects and technologies. We know there is impact capital looking to identify opportunities in clean energy. We have the pipeline and are looking to make actionable connections for investors and developers in one stop.”

Lauri Tuomaala, Head of Portfolio and Finance for EEP Africa, added, “when projects come through EEP, we get to know them in detail. We know how they operate, we see ideas tested, we know the management and at the end of the day we have a lot of confidence putting them in front of the investor community.”

EEP Africa was launched in 2010 under the leadership of Finland with co-financing from Austria and the UK. It has been at the forefront of efforts to fast track clean energy access and sustainable and inclusive green growth across the Southern and East Africa region, channelling more than EUR 57 million to 200+ pioneering projects leveraging clean energy technologies and business models to transform lives and livelihoods for the very poor.

NDF launched a new phase of EEP Africa in 2018 with the facility restructured as a multi-donor trust fund, fully aligned with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement. The new phase also opens up a new financing window for EEP Africa with EEP Catalyst, a blended finance investment window providing follow-on financing to select EEP projects stemming from the grant phase.

 EEP Catalyst provides concessional co-financing in the form of loans and subordinated loans to catalyse and unlock new investment in EEP projects and close gaps in financing plans. Project selection focuses on cases which can demonstrate a clear rationale for additionality, crowding-in new investors, commercial viability, development impact and sustainable business practices.

For more information and updates on future EEP Africa investor events, please follow this space or get in touch at info@eepafrica.org.

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New EEP report on Mini-Grids

EEP Africa is launching a new report, “Challenges and Barriers to the Uptake of Mini-Grid Projects in Southern and East Africa” in mid-August 2018. The report uncovers new findings on the socio-economic impact of mini-grids on remote communities in Africa.

If you wish to be among the first ones to receive the full report please register below.

Edit: The publishing date has been postponed from July to mid-August.

EEP Africa Mini-grid study

 

 

 

EEP Africa at African Utility Week 15-17 May

We warmly welcome you to join the EEP Africa Call for Proposals Launch at the African Utility Week in Cape Town on 15 May. The event takes place at 16:30 in the Workshop area 1. Please see more information here and remember to register for a free exhibition pass to enter the event. At the Launch you will have an opportunity to meet the EEP team, learn more about the application process and hear first-hand experiences from former EEP project developers.

In addition to the official Call for Proposals Launch, the EEP team is hosting an exhibition stand at the African Utility Week during the three days of the expo. Please come visit us at stand J11 to discuss the financing opportunities and details of the Call for Proposals and hear more about EEP. On Wednesday 16 May from 9:00 to 12:00 the EEP team has specifically reserved time to answer questions on the Call for Proposals.

EEP Africa joins a road show with NDF around the Nordic region

EEP Africa, along with the Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) will be featured by NDF in a series of climate and development finance road show events around the Nordic region during the month of May. Both funds offer early-stage project financing for projects with a climate focus. On the road show EEP will be introducing the next Call for Proposals which opens on 15 May 2018.

The schedule below presents the events where NDF will be participating in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. By clicking on the links you will find more information on the events, including agendas and instructions on how to register.

We strongly encourage Nordic renewable energy businesses to join the events and learn more about the upcoming EEP Africa Call for Proposals as well as other climate and development financing opportunities.

The EEP Africa Call for Proposals will be officially launched at African Utility Week on 15 May at 16:30. Please find more information on the event and welcome to join us in Cape Town!

EEP Africa Programme Results – Highlights 2017

EEP Africa has achieved excellent results and enabled access to clean energy for 900,000+ households in Southern and East Africa

EEP Africa Highlights 2017 report presents results-based evidence from EEP projects and clearly shows EEP’s contribution to the Programme Impact of “greater access to sustainable energy services achieved through fast-tracking renewable energy projects supported by technological learning, donor coordination and private sector investment.” EEP achieved all six Outcome indicator targets and 17 out of 22 end of programme (EOP) Output indicator targets.

Overall, EEP enabled access to clean energy for close to 5 million people in Southern and East Africa which represents 1.8% of the regional population of 278 million. EEP projects created 8,025 jobs of which 2,599 for youth under 35 and 2,954 for women. Potential cumulative CO2 emission reductions from EEP projects amount to 1,276,081 tCO2 over the lifetime of the installed technology.

The Highlights 2017 report brings a brief overview on all the key results and achievements of EEP Africa by the end of 2017 through a total of 167 monitored projects. The report presents the top players among the projects contributing to job creation and reduced CO2 emissions, and provides selected results by project sector and country of implementation.

Take a closer look at the M&E results and read what activities were carried out under EEP Africa in 2017 here >>