EEP Africa Project of the Year 2019: Call for Nominations!

EEP Africa invites nominations (including self-nominations!) for the EEP Africa 2019 Project of the Year. Submit your application by 31 October!

What is the Award?

The EEP Africa Project of the Year Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an EEP Africa portfolio company during 2019.

Shortlisted finalists will be invited to present their business case and achievements in a live pitch session in front of a high level panel at the EEP Africa Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) in Arusha, Tanzania on 4 December 2019. Panelists will select a winner at the event.

All shortlisted finalists will be featured prominently in communications materials circulated to a wide audience, and the winner will be awarded a speaking opportunity with travel and accommodation included at the next African Utility Week (AUW) in Cape Town, South Africa in May 2020.

Who is Eligible?

Any project developer that has received financing from EEP Africa, current or past, since 2010

What Do We Look For?

  • Significant, outstanding and verifiable achievement during 2019 in terms of delivery, innovation, impact and/or fundraising
  • Critical lessons learned and a story that needs to be told!

How to Apply?

  • Fill out an application online
  • Include contact information for 3 external references (for example partner, investor, donor)
  • Upload not more than 3 pieces of supporting files (photos, video, brochure) documenting your achievement

Do finalists need be in Arusha in person to compete?

Live pitches by finalists must be in person. EEP Africa will cover flights and two nights of accommodation in Arusha for one representative of each finalist to enable finalists to attend.

DEADLINE: Submit your nomination by 31 October 2019.

Sneak Peek to Market Insights from 2018 Call

EEP Africa received a total of 530 applications in the 14th Call for Proposals (CfP14) in 2018. The applications represent a wide variety of project types, technologies and geographical areas and amounted to a cumulative project value of EUR 1 billion. This far exceeded expectations and is five times the average number of applications received in the previous eight EEP Africa calls (2013 – 2016). 

The broad spectrum of applications received provides an interesting and useful overview of the current market situation and emerging trends in the renewable energy sector in Southern and East Africa. With CfP15 currently open until 2 April 2019, EEP Africa wants to highlight a few of the market insights from the previous call. A more comprehensive report on the market insights obtained from CfP14 will be published in the coming months.

High demand for early stage financing

The high interest in EEP Africa’s CfP14 suggests strong growth in the renewable energy sector in Africa. However, it also demonstrates a continuing need for concessional financing for early stage projects and business development.

EEP Africa aims to add value for start-up interventions and based on the response rate, it is apparent that financing for early stage projects is needed. EEP Africa also continues to support projects that are ready to scale up their business. Thirty-five percent of the applications under CfP14 were submitted by companies expanding the scale of their business to leverage other forms of investment financing, and buying down risks. Similarly, the applications demonstrated the differences in the renewable energy markets in the 15 EEP Africa countries in terms of development and innovation. EEP Africa aims for a diversified portfolio and the breadth of technologies, geographical focus, and business models proposed support us in achieving this goal.

Innovations in off-grid solutions

The range of stand-alone solutions and products is growing rapidly and consequently close to half of all applications in CfP14 included such systems. Solar PV technology is clearly dominating the renewable energy market with 38 % of all applications using solar PV as their primary technology. Hybrid models were included as the second largest group of applications and it is evident that the use of hybrid technology reflects the innovative combination of technologies to strengthen business models, ensuring continuous generation capacity and testing new technology adaptions. Noteworthy is also that battery technologies are more commonly being adopted in various types of projects.

The volume of mini-grid applications received in CfP14 appears to align with the recent keen interest from project developers, financiers and governments in developing the model as a financially viable off-grid solution. Mini-grid applications represented close to 25 % of all applications with almost half of the proposals planning to use solar PV. Mini-grid developers are putting increased efforts on productive use of energy, combining mini-grid development with the sale of energy efficient appliances or establishing local business hubs as means to improve financial viability. Based on the numerous applications from small-scale hydropower mini-grid projects, building the business case is fundamental. It has given rise to innovations by adopting a portfolio approach, stimulating community development, and increasing local productive use.

The business models in clean cooking are developing and adapting lessons learned from Solar Home System (SHS) business models. The main innovations are the introduction of PAYG solutions, smart metering and multiple services, including lighting and mobile charging.  

Women’s significant role

A key aspect of fostering sustainable and inclusive growth and contributing to the achievement of the SDGs is the promotion of gender equality in all projects and sectors of EEP Africa. The current CfP15 is gender themed and thus it is worthwhile to draw inspiration from the results of CfP14. The CfP14 applications indicated that the sector recognises the importance of women in participating as employees and as key users of energy services. Most of the applicants stated that 25-50 % of their project workforce are women. One third estimated a greater than 50 % share of women as employees, leaders and entrepreneurs in their value chains.

EEP Africa is looking forward to applications from CfP15 that take this trend further and hopes these brief market insights provide further motivation for you to apply.

Renewable Transformation Challenge

Elsevier and the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) are proud to announce the 2019 Renewable Transformation Challenge.
The first place winner will be awarded €20,000.

The Renewable Transformation Challenge is awarded every two years to recognize accomplishments by organizations such as private enterprises, NGO’s, and research institutions for undertaking projects and programs that help move the world toward an energy system supplied entirely by renewable energy sources, or for conducting the critical analyses that provide meaningful roadmaps for the transformation.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 30 April, 2019.

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Welcome to EEP Knowledge Exchange Forum in Kigali, Rwanda

In collaboration with Energy Private Developers (EPD) of Rwanda and as part of the Rwanda Sustainable Energy Week, EEP Africa will host its 7th Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) on Friday November 9, at Kigali Convention Center, Rwanda.

See the agenda here >>

 

Background

The EEP Knowledge Exchange Forum, organised since 2014, is an active event of discussions, sharing of experiences and a place to network with players in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector. Feedback from previous KEFs has enabled us to develop a highly relevant event specifically tailored for the needs of project developers. Based on its core idea of networking, the KEF offers ample opportunity to learn and build new business relationships.

Programme

Following the recent release of the EEP in-depth study on mini-grids, KEF Kigali will have a focus on mini-grids but there will be a lot on offer for other sectors as well.

The day will be built around a combination of interesting presentations and casual networking. Highlights of the event include:

  • A sharing of lessons learned by a successful solar PV project developer, who will offer key insights into project development in Rwanda.
  • A session with investors, who will share their perspectives on what they are looking for in renewable energy projects and companies.
  • Roundtable discussions during which participants can share their own successes and challenges.
  • Presentations by the shortlisted candidates for the EEP Project of the Year 2018. The winner will be announced at the end of the day.

The EEP Knowledge Exchange Forum audience is typically half project developers (EEP supported and others) and half other key stakeholders in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector in the region. Previous KEFs have attracted around 100 participants each.

Registration

To enable participation by a wide audience, the EEP Knowledge Exchange Forum is open for all and free of charge.  The venue and final agenda will be shared with the participants closer to the event.

Edit: Registration to EEP Knowledge Exchange Forum has been closed. 

We look forward to seeing you in Kigali!

Rwanda Sustainable Energy Week

See other clean energy events in Rwanda 5-9 November:

 

Mini-grids ready for primetime, lack support: report

A new EEP Africa study of dozens of projects says renewable energy mini-grids in Sub-Saharan Africa are generating high-quality grid power, providing 24/7 electricity services, creating jobs and boosting local economies

NAIROBI, September 12, 2018 — Today, the Energy and Environment Partnership Trust Fund (EEP Africa) released a new report, “Opportunities and Challenges in the Mini-Grid Sector in Africa.”  It found that despite improved economics, mini-grids still struggle to receive the financial and regulatory support needed to scale.

 According to an analysis of EEP Africa-funded mini-grids in East and Southern Africa:

  • mini-grids on average create 306 new connections per project
  • connection costs are as low as EUR 200, much less than centralized grid extension
  • mini-grids deliver annual savings per household of EUR 93
  • an average of 36 direct jobs are created per mini-grid project

 “The continuous improvement of mini-grid cost structure presents an opportunity for financiers,“ said Wim Jonker Klunne, EEP Africas Lead Coordinator. “Mini-grids can also transform rural villages into local business hubs, and spur local economies by focusing load on agro-processing or social facilities such as schools or hospitals.“

Smart metering, remote asset monitoring and pay-as-you-go technology platforms have significantly improved mini-grid operational efficiency, the report said.

Despite the enormous potential, however, the report found that mini-grids still lack the regulatory and financial support needed to scale.

EEP Africa called on governments to include mini-grids as part of national electrification plans, establish clear permitting and licensing processes to reduce costs for mini-grids developers, and embrace public and donor capital such as results-based financing (RBF) and low-interest loan facilities to mobilize capital and spur mini-grid development.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has said that mini-grids have the potential to serve as many as 450 million people currently without access to electricity if supportive policies and finance are in place. Mini-grids and other distributed renewable solutions are the least cost option for three-quarters of all new connections needed in Sub-Saharan Africa, where more than 600 million people still lack basic electricity, IEA adds.

Download the Full Report here >>

About EEP

The Energy and Environment Partnership covering Southern and East Africa (EEP Africa) is a multi-donor fund providing early stage grant and catalytic financing to innovative clean energy projects, technologies and business models. EEP Africa is hosted and managed by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) and, since 2010, has received funding from Austria, Finland, NDF and the UK. The next major EEP event is a mini-grid-themed Knowledge Exchange Forum planned for Rwanda Energy Week in Kigali on November 9.

 Media Contact

William Brent, william@powerforall.org, +34 684 314 268

New EEP report on Mini-Grids

EEP Africa is launching a new report, “Challenges and Opportunities in the Mini-Grid Market – Findings from the EEP Africa Portfolio  in September 2018. The study highlights findings from EEP funded mini-grid projects and provides a key learning tool for the growing sector.

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

Edit: The title of the study has been updated and publishing date postponed from July to September.

 

 

 

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.


Capture

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!

 

 


ugastove

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.