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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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.

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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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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.

It’s Africa’s turn!

African markets are booming with endless opportunities for both local and international organizations. The EEP S&EA is supporting projects in all fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency, bridging the gap between a good idea and a bankable project. Subscribe to our newsletter and follow the website to receive the information of upcoming funding windows.

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Promoting the EEP in the Botswana Renewable Energy Conference 11-12 August 2014

Promoting the EEP in the Botswana Renewable Energy Conference 11-12 August 2014

 The Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) promoted the Programme and its granting possibilities for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Botswana Renewable Energy Conference that was held on the 11th and 12th of August in Gaborone, GICC. The conference was organized by the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources and it attracted around 250 conference presenters and participants, including the Honourable Minister O. K. Mokaila.

The first day of the conference offered the participants an opportunity to learn about policies related to renewable energy and benchmark from renewable energy success stories. The EEP presentation took place in the end of the day one.  The second day offered government departments and the private sector an opportunity to acquire knowledge and information from global financing institutions and renewable energy experts.

We hope the EEP presentation encouraged the participants to come up with project ideas that contribute to the poverty reduction while mitigating global climate change. These projects would tackle the EEP Programme objectives through an inclusive and job-creating green economy, improved access to energy and energy security in the Southern and East Africa regions. In addition, the immediate objective of the Programme 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.

Please contact the EEP Botswana National Coordinator for more information

Mr. Aaron Somolekae
asomolekae@gov.bw
Tel: +267-3640200