R20 implementing a solar bakery project in Gitega, Burundi

EEP S&EA is funding a Solar Bakery Project in Burundi, implemented by a NGO called Regions of Climate Action (R20) and their local partner CIRID (Centre Indépendant de Recherche et d’Initiative pour le Dialogue). The project was awarded with the EEP fund during the fifth call for proposals and it is estimated to be completed by August 2015. The Solar  Bakery Project was the first EEP project in Burundi.

“In November last year, R20 and CIRID hosted an inauguration ceremony for their solar bakery project in Gitega. The ceremony marked the official installation of the solar ovens, and the start of an operational bakery.

The technology being used is called the “Villager Sun Oven”, manufactured by US-based company Sun Oven International. Each oven is capable of baking hundreds of loaves of bread each day. Environmentally speaking, the oven allows the users to save over 150 tons of firewood each year, which results in the reduction of around 277 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. In addition, by replacing the firewood with solar energy, the ovens will protect the bakers from inhaling harmful smoke” (regions20.org).

Read the whole article and more about the project here>> (link opens in a new window)

1. Entrance Banner  2. Baked Bread

Photos by: R20 (http://regions20.org/)

(‘R20 and local partner, CIRID, host inauguration ceremony of solar bakery project in Gitega, Burundi’.  published 21.11.2014, regions20.org)

Important information of the Call for Proposals

The Energy and Environment Partnership thanks everyone shown interest towards the EEP S&EA grant funding.


Please find below important information of the timelines for the Call for Proposals (CFP) in progress:
  • CFP7 projects has been selected and are under contracting.
  • CFP8 applicants will be contacted next week (week 3, 2015) regarding their full proposal applications.
  • CFP9 applicants have submitted their final full proposals and will be contacted regarding the grant decision during Q1, 2015.
  • CFP10 window for concept note applications is closing tomorrow, 9 January 2015 at 13.00 (GMT +2).

The EEP Coordination Office will contact each applicant via email regarding the decision as soon as the decisions have been finalized. No decisions will be given out over the phone.

Wishing everyone a successful and happy new year 2015!

EEP Coordination Office



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”








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


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

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
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!


ECO team

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.


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!

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