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 July 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.

EEP Africa Mini-grid study

 

 

 

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 supports project developers through videos

 EEP supports Project Developers by producing a series of videos featuring some of the most interesting EEP funded projects. The videos provide a visualization of the achievements and work by these Project Developers. They can be used to increase the visibility of the project and thus support the Project Developer in marketing and raising interest from potential investors and wider public. All videos are shared through EEP social media channels and they have already reached substantial audiences.


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The first EEP video presents a unique project where South African company Mean Sea Level is constructing a 1MW demonstration plant which utilizes wave power to generate electricity. The energy converter is being built in Hermanus, South Africa with support from EEP S&EA and it aims to generate 2,628 MWH/year. It will be Africa’s first commercially viable ocean wave energy converser.


Kitobo videoEEP Project Developer Absolute Energy has constructed a 230kWp solar PV plant on Kitobo Island in Lake Victoria, Uganda. In addition to benefits the households gain from lighting, the improved access to electricity helps the local fishermen to produce ice for storing fish and creates other valuable income opportunities. See from the video how this project has changed the lives of the islanders!

 


GBE_shotThe EEP Project of the Year 2017  Green Bio Energy is featured in the video which presents GBE employees manufacturing energy-efficient Briketi cookstoves and eco-briquettes in Kampala, Uganda. Enjoy the great vibes at GBE and learn about their important social and environmental impacts!

 

 


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In this video  you can visit Ugastove – the company behind the first modern cookstove factory in Uganda. With EEP funding Ugastove has optimized its processes in the factory and is expected to produce yearly 240,000 energy-efficient charcoal stoves, woodfire stoves and rocket metal stoves, employing 175 local workers.

 

 

 

 

Nordic Climate Facility to launch a new CfP in August 2017

Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) is a challenge fund providing grant support for innovative climate change projects in developing countries. NCF’s seventh Call for Proposals, open from 28 August to 29 September 2017, carries a theme of Climate as Business—Testing innovative green business concepts with a focus on climate-related business ideas with potential to become commercially viable. NCF is fully financed by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF), a joint development financing institution of the five Nordic countries, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

The eligible projects should be implemented through partnerships between local organizations in one of the Nordic countries and in one of the 21 NCF countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America. African countries included are Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

More information about the requirements and the application process as well as descriptions of the 72 previously funded projects can be found on the NCF website.

EEP project developers are strongly encouraged to create new partnerships and apply for NCF funding to test their green business concepts.

EEP IBM: SimGas turns manure into energy and fertilizer

The fresh EEP S&EA Innovative Business Model publication features a rapidly growing biogas company SimGas. Currently operating in Kenya and Tanzania, SimGas manufactures, sells and installs domestic off-the-shelf biogas digester systems for rural farming households. Fed with water and manure from livestock, the digester produces both biogas for daily cooking, and fertilizer slurry which can be used to improve crop yields. A full GesiShamba package includes the digester, stove and other accessories as well as installation, piping, end-user training, 5 year service agreement and a warranty.

The benefits of SimGas digesters are reduced energy expenditures, increased farm revenues from improved yields and shift to clean energy from fossil fuels that cause health hazards, CO2 emissions and deforestation. The tailor-made financial solutions are based on an upfront payment combined with set monthly payments for a specified duration. Another innovation in the business model is the carbon credit programme, which enables customers to get a 200 USD discount through SimGas’ carbon credit sales.

SimGas’ growth has been supported by EEP S&EA at two different stages of project development. To date SimGas has sold more than 1,000 biogas systems and the expansion plans include establishing new SimGas hubs in Rwanda, Ethiopia and Uganda.

Read the SimGas Innovative Business Model and take a look at the other four previously published EEP IBMs.

Notice Board – Sustainable Swaziland 35MW biomass plant

35MW BIOMASS PLANT AND COMMUNITY FORESTRY PROJECT IN SWAZILAND

Sustainable Swaziland – investment opportunity

Montigny holds 60 000 Ha. of FSC Certified Plantations. The company is currently in the process of agreeing partners to take the project from pre-feasibility to bankable feasibility and to invest in the plant’s construction and operations. Biomass from plantations and sawmills will power a 35 MW plant to be completed within 3 yrs. The plant can supply over 28% of Swaziland’s total electricity demand sustainably (displacing imported thermal power). The program will uplift the local economy by at least several hundred million Rand through job creation, increased local investment and a reduced reliance on imports. Montigny has signed an MoU with the Utility (SEC) and confirmed support from The Regulators.

Visit the Notice Board to read more>>

 

Montigny is also a project partner in the EEP funded project Maximizing Timber Waste for Energy Generation in Swaziland,  implemented by TechnoServe Swaziland (SWA7112). Check the project details here>>
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