Use this space to advertise your project related proposals (invitation to tenders, invitations to events & partnerships).

EEP is now supporting the project developers to expand the reach of their public announcements. If you wish to share your project notification here, please send the finalized document to eep.eco@kpmg.fi email address. Keep the text brief and add a link or a PDF to the notification, if you wish to provide additional information.

  • Invitation to tenders

  • Invitation to Event

  • Investment opportunity

  • Other notification

Nominations open for the AIDF Africa Innovator of the Year Award

Posted 7 December 2018

The AIDF Innovator of the Year award recognises individuals and teams for their inspiring leadership, forward-thinking, creative problem-solving and implementation of innovative programmes that have helped drive African progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

The deadline for nominations is 18 January 2019 and the award winner will be announced and presented with the award on 26 February 2019 at the AIDF Africa Summit in Nairobi, Kenya.


SAIS 2 Innovation Fund 2nd Call for Proposals

Posted 28 November 2018

SAIS 2 is inviting organisations that support innovation and entrepreneurship in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to submit Concept Notes through the SAIS 2 Innovation Fund  Second Call for Proposals. The call  will open on 29 November 2018 and close 24 January 2019. Innovation support organisations from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia such as research/academia, civil society and in particular from the private sector – such as innovation hubs, labs, networks, incubators and accelerators hosting and providing services for entrepreneurs – are encouraged to apply.


REPP Webinar: Developing Solar PV Mini-grids to IFC E&S Performance Standards

Posted 20 November 2018

REPP and AMDA would like to invite you to attend our upcoming webinar series from 13:00-14:30 GMT on Monday, 3 December and Wednesday, 5 December. The aim of this two-part webinar series is to guide mini-grid developers through the IFC’s standards and assist them in establishing Environmental and Social Management Systems (ESMS) suitable to their needs.

Click the registration links to see the agenda for both sessions.

Session 1 – 3 December : Structure of IFC Performance Standards and Key Impacts of Mini-grids >>

Session 2 – 5 December: Management Plans according to IFC Performance Standards >>

The Waste Transformers Launches at N1 City Mall Cape Town

Posted 19 November 2018

EEP Africa project developer The Waste Transformers launched their first anaerobic digester in South Africa. The unit processes organic waste from N1 City Mall in Cape Town to generate green electricity, hot water and natural fertilizer.

Read the full press release >>

EEP Lead Coordinator’s interview in Mini-Grids Partnership newsletter

Posted 14 November 2018

In the November edition of the The Mini-Grids Partnership newsletter EEP Africa Lead Coordinator Wim Jonker Klunne talks about EEP’s catalytic financing portfolio, successful mini-grid business models, and EEP’s lessons learned in implementing mini-grid projects throughout Southern and East Africa.

Read the Newsletter here >>

East African Regional Training Course on Operation and Maintenance of Small-scale Hydro Power Plants

Posted 30 October 2018

Centre for Mini-Hydropower (CMHP), College of Engineering, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania // 26-30 November 2018

The course is aimed to provide competence of the specialized aspect of operation and maintenance of hydro-power station including basics of the electro-mechanical equipment, upkeep, operation and maintenance during the operation of the plant in the EAC.

The course is organized byt the East African Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy and Efficiency (EACREEE), in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), International Centre for Hydropower (ICH) and University of Dar es Salaam (College of Engineering).

Read more here >>

Request for Tender: Islands Electrification Study in Tanzania

Posted 26 October 2018

In Tanzania, the Rural Energy Agency requires consulting services to carry out the Islands Electrification Study.

The Rural Energy Agency now invites eligible firms to express their interest in providing the services. The consultant is expected to establish energy demand for individual islands, energy resources to service the demand and financial requirements to implement electrification projects.

The deadline for submissions in 13 November 2018.

Read more here >>

IRENA Gender Survey

Posted 5 October 2018

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), with support from Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) and REN21, is undertaking a global Gender and Renewable Energy survey. The objective of the survey is to gather quantitative and qualitative insights on the current status of women’s participation in the renewable energy sector, existing challenges and potential solutions to improve gender diversity. The findings from the survey will contribute to addressing the data and knowledge gap on gender in renewable energy, and inform policy making to ensure that the energy transition is inclusive and benefits from a wider pool of talent.
The survey should not take longer than 10 minutes to fill out.

Read more on GWNET website or access the survey directly.

Masterclass: Management of Social Benefits and Challenges within Renewable Energy

Posted 4 October 2018

 Synergy Global and the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) are inviting registration for a one day Masterclass: Management of Social Benefits and Challenges within Renewable Energy on the 5th November 2018 at the GSB.

 The one-day training targets executives, senior management and ED managers in the RE industry, as well as investors, government, NGOs and other parties whose role includes stakeholder and community-related issues. The participatory teaching and learning approach will equip participants with an understanding of:
– Internal and external factors that influence social benefits and challenges.
– Lessons on how these challenges are currently being addressed on renewable energy projects.
– Best practices to guide successful benefit delivery, community relations and business risk management.

 Please register through the GSB’s link to the course. Space on the class is limited.

SunCulture winner at FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards 2018

Posted 7 June 2018

Former EEP grantee SunCulture has won the award in the ‘Food, Water, and Land’ category and received the overall top honor in ‘Excellence in Transformational Business’ at the 2018 Financial Times and International Finance Corporation’s Transformational Business Conference and Awards Dinner. SunCulture provides a one-stop-shop for solar-powered irrigation solutions. Read more about the clean and effective systems that have already improved the lives of hundreds of East African farmers: EEP Innovative Business Model – The Solar Rain Maker.

See the full list of winners here >>

Funding offer and engaging with the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility

Posted 22 May 2018

The IRENA/ADFD Project Facility is encouraging applications from government driven renewable energy projects. USD 5 million to USD 15 million in concessional loans is available from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) at 1% or 2% loan rates, to cover up to half of the total project costs. The seventh cycle will open for summary applications between mid-November 2018 and mid-February 2019, however the application forms are already available to start working on. Visit www.irena.org/adfd for more information on eligibility, the selection process and how to apply. Furthermore, if you are a fund interested in co-funding opportunities for the shortlisted projects through the Facility and/or a renewable energy expert interested in working to evaluate projects, please email adfd@irena.org.

A 3.6 MW solar PV mini-grid and solar home kits project in Burkina Faso, selected for funding in the third cycle. (Photo courtesy of IRENA)

SAG - SEED Replicator Workshops in South Africa

Posted 23 April 2018

Call for Applications / SAG – SEED Replicator Workshops
Polokwane & Pretoria, South Africa

SEED has opened the call for application for upcoming SAG – SEED Replicator Workshops in Polokwane and Pretoria.  The Workshop targets future entrepreneurs who don’t have a specific business idea yet, business owners who would like to expand or refine their business model, and NGOs wanting to finance themselves through revenues. The deadline for applications is 6 May 2018 (Polokwane) and 13 May (Pretoria).

Read more and register >>

EEP at Vaasa Energy Week

Posted 12 March 2018

Vaasa Energy Week, Finland
19 – 23 March, 2018

Energy Finance event during Vaasa Energy Week is the place to be for energy companies planning to grow and internationalize to developing countries, specifically to the African markets. Nordic Development Fund will be sharing experiences and financing opportunities provided by EEP as well as Nordic Climate Facility. In addition, representatives from Finnpartnership, Nordic Environment Finance Corporation, The Energy Program (Business Finland) and many others will present their services and financing instruments for companies interested in the emerging markets of Africa and Middle East.

Time: 19.3.2018 at 17.00 – 20.00
Place: Bock’s Corner Brewery

See the event program >>

Husk Power Systems receives $20 million investment from Shell, Swedfund and ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies

Posted 8 February 2018

EEP grantee Husk Power System has secured a $20 million equity investment by Shell Technology Ventures LLC, Swedish development finance institution Swedfund International and ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies, ENGIE group’s impact investment fund. Husk currently designs, builds, owns and operates a hybrid power plant and distribution network in India and Tanzania. Along with the new strategic investors, Husk is poised to grow and add over 300 mini-grids in India and Tanzania in the next four years, deploying 15 MW of 100 percent renewable energy. In the EEP funded project Husk is installing 10 biomass mini-power plants (32kW each) generating power distributed through micro-grids in four villages in Geita district, Tanzania. 

 Read the press release here >>

Webinar on Mobilizing Commercial Finance to Achieve Universal Energy Access


13 February 2018 / 9.30am EST

The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with United Nations Foundation’s Energy Access Practitioner Network, is hosting a no-cost webinar on Mobilizing Commercial Finance to Achieve Universal Energy Access Across Sub-Saharan Africa. Recent groundbreaking research by Catalyst Off-Grid Advisors and the Shell Foundation shows that the off-grid energy industry in Africa requires a massive increase in commercial investment. Please join the panel to discuss the off-grid energy sector’s capital gap and potential solutions.

 Read more and register here >>

Ruaha Energy executed a PPA with TANESCO for a 1 MW Solar PV facility in Kilosa, Tanzania


Ruaha Energy signed a Standard Power Purchase Agreement with TANESCO on 31 January. This is the first SPPA TANESCO has approved since 2016 and the first executed by any company under the 2017 Guidelines which were adopted in late October 2017. The SPPA is a 25 year  for delivery of 0.95 MW of power to the main grid from the Solar PV facility. Ruaha has partnered with Cronimet Mining Power Solutions GmbH (“CRONIMET”) on the project and site preparation and plant equipment acquisition activities are underway. First power will be delivered by year-end 2018.

 Read the full press release >>

The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are falling far behind in Energy Access


The world’s 47 least developed countries1 (LDCs) are falling far behind the rest of the developing world in terms of getting power to homes and businesses according to the recent report The Least Developed Countries Report 2017: Transformational Energy Access by UNCTAD.

 “Achieving SDG 7 is not only a question of satisfying households’ basic energy needs. That in itself has valuable welfare implications, but we need to go beyond… For electrification to transform LDC economies, modern energy provision needs to spur productivity increases and unlock the production of more goods and services.” The UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi commented ahead of the report’s publication.

The report highlights that renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, could have a revolutionary effect in rural areas, home to 82% of those without power in LDCs, and help to overcome the historical obstacles to rural electrification but important technological, economic and institutional obstacles need to be overcome in the LDCs to turn this into a reality.

 The current investment in the sector is still far the required level US$12 billion to US$40 billion per year when total official development assistance to the energy sector is just US$3 billion per year. Domestic resources for public investment are scarce in most LDCs, and most also face serious limits to borrowing without risking an unsustainable debt burden.

 Read the full report >>

ADFD and IRENA Funding for Renewable Energy Projects


The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), is inviting applications for renewable energy projects in developing countries. Within the framework of the ADFD-funded US$350 million (AED1.285 billion) IRENA/ADFD Project Facility, the current funding round of US$50 million in concessional loans marks the sixth of seven annual cycles. The current funding cycle is open between 16 November 2017 and 15 February 2018.

Read more about IRENA/ADFD project facility  >>  

Solar ‘Shark Tank’ Competition


Dubai-based power developer Access Power, in partnership with the Dutch development bank FMO, has launched the 2018 FMO Access Power Solar ‘Shark Tank’ Competition. The initiative is aimed at helping local solar power developers that require development support to make their innovative solar projects more impactful. They are looking for larger scale solar PV projects of at least 10 MW that are in an advanced stage of development (i.e. preliminary feasibility studies should have been completed). Furthermore, eligible projects should have an innovative or impactful angle to the project that can be developed with support of the grant.

Read more about the competition  >>  

Action Learning Event: Upscaling Mini Grids for Low Cost and Timely Access to Electricity


Abuja, Nigeria / December 4-8, 2017

The World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and the Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency (REA) jointly invite you to participate in a learning event on Upscaling Mini grids for Low Cost and Timely Access to Electricity Services in Abuja, Nigeria from December 4-8, 2017

Read more about the event  >>  

African Youth Energy Innovator 2018


Africa needs to invest in and grow its next generations of energy leaders if its countries and the broader continent are to compete in the global arena. Apply for the Africa Energy Indaba’s African Youth Energy Innovator Award if you are 18-35 years old citizen in an African country and an innovator addressing the following key areas: Energy Security, Environmental Sustainability, Energy Equity, Job Creation and Target Customers, and offering a Unique Value Proposition. The submissions are open until 15 January 2018.

Read more about the award >> 

REDAVIA Commissioned Largest Minigrid in Tanzania


EEP grantee REDAVIA has commissioned two solar minigrids in villages of Isenzanya and Shitunguru, located in western Tanzania. The two pioneering containers with 89 kWp capacity each were financed by InfraCo Africa, part of the multilateral Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG).

Read the full press release >> 

Read more about REDAVIA’s Innovative Business Model >>

Waste Management and Recycling Africa Summit 2017


Waste Management and Recycling Africa Summit 2017 / 7-8 December 2017 / Nairobi, Kenya

If you are a EEP project developer in waste-to-energy business or interested in sustainable waste management in Africa, join this conference taking place in Nairobi.  The theme of the event is Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Waste Management Through Science and Technology and focus will be on waste management and recycling, investments, policies and legislatures, technology, waste health and environment.

Read more and register >>

Learning opportunity: Online course on Digital Dividends


With the support from Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the World Bank has produced a 6-week MOOC learning module based on the 2016 World Development Report (WDR) – Digital Dividends. Using a variety of learning tools and methodologies, this course will help you understand the role that the internet plays in economic development, and in the lives of people and businesses in general.

The course starts on 7 November 2017 and it is free of charge, requiring 4-6 hours of weekly effort.  The course will benefit a broad variety of audiences, ranging from student to policymaker, and from entrepreneur to civic actor.

Read more and register >>

Renewable Energy for Sustainable Growth


Renewable Energy for Sustainable Growth / 19 -20 October / Kigali Convention Centre, Rwanda

The Energy Private Developers (EPD) Rwanda and the European Renewable Energy Federation (EREF) organise this matchmaking exhibition and conference in Kigali. The event aims to create and accelerate partnerships, joint ventures and business opportunities in the renewable energy sector – calling on investors, developers, manufacturers and suppliers interested in off-grid as well as grid-connected markets.

A key feature of this event is the business-to-business (B2B) matchmaking session on the 20th of October. Through a dedicated website platform, you can create a profile for your business to promote your solutions and interests. Meanwhile, you can select a preferred business partner to meet during the B2B session. EEP S&EA will be present at the Conference.

Read more and register >>

SimGas crowdfunding biogas digesters for Kenyan farmers


SimGas is growing fast in Kenya, currently at ~200 sales per month. This great success is partly made possible by Lendahand crowdfunding: it enables us to prefinance our biogas digesters for our customers, such that they can each get a loan to own a biogas digester. This has made access to biogas – the cleanest, easiest and most reliable off-grid cooking fuel – affordable to millions of rural households in Kenya.  

With a loan of EUR 84,400, SimGas will provide loans to another 125 farmers living in the Kenyan counties Muranga and Meru to enable them to each acquire a SimGas biogas system. 

You can invest directly in SimGas Kenya from as little at €50 to as much as you want, at an interest rate of 6.25% p.a.

The 2018 Ashden Awards are now open for applications


Ashden Awards 2018

The application process for the 2018 Ashden Awards is now open, calling for sustainable energy pioneers in the UK, developing countries and emerging economies. In previous years, many EEP funded organisations have received global recognition at Ashden Awards. Show your achievements in sustainable energy and apply! 

Read more about Ashden Awards >> 

Botswana Renewable Energy, Power Infrastructure & Energy Efficiency Investor Conference


Botswana Renewable Energy, Power Infrastructure & Energy Efficiency Investor Conference
9 November 2017 / Gaborone, Botswana

Botswana is moving forward to tap into its extensive renewable potential so as to shift its power generation mix towards clean and sustainable energy. The country is now providing a firm basis for the scaling-up of the development of renewable energy technologies. Early in February, Botswana completed a comprehensive renewable energy strategy meant to attract domestic and foreign investment in wind, solar and biomass technologies as a way of diversifying its power generation. This event  in Gaborone offers a unique opportunity to meet with top decision-makers for a first-hand updated information on future developments in the sector.

To know more about the detailed agenda and fees, and how to register, please contact Michel Masquelier at administration@euroconventionglobal.com

REC2017 Renewable Energy Conference & Exhibition 2017


REC2017 Renewable Energy Conference & Exhibition 2017
18 – 19 October 2017 / De Aar, Northern Cape, South Africa

The event will be used to share investment opportunities that are presented by the renewable energy sector.  The Northern Cape is the largest hosting South African province in this sector, where most solar-farms belonging to approved Independent Power Producers are located. The key objective of the conference is to create awareness and promote integrated renewable energy planning in the province across all spheres of Government.

Read more and register >>

Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2018


 22-24 January 2018 / Hong Kong

The Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo is the premier meeting of the off-grid solar sector providing a unique platform for knowledge exchange, networking and showcasing off-grid solar products and services. The event aims to accelerate the development of the global off-grid solar market contributing to achieving universal energy access by 2030. Super early bird discount available until 30 September!

Read more and register >>

Solar & Off-Grid Renewables Africa: EAC & SADC


 5 -6 December 2017 / Dar es Salaam

Solar & Off-Grid Renewables Africa: EAC & SADC is a 2-day high-level conference that aims to support and accelerate the deployment of solar and off-grid renewable energy in Africa, and break down the barriers to development – financial, political, technological – by bringing together key stakeholders, including investors, policy makers, developers, energy companies, financiers, NGOs, manufacturers and suppliers.

EEP grantees will be able to make use of a range of benefits, details of which will be announced shortly.

More information >>

Future Energy East Africa


29 – 30 November 2017 / Nairobi / Safari Park Hotel

Future Energy East Africa, formerly known as the East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC), is the largest and longest running regional power and energy conference and exhibition in East Africa. The event attracts regional stakeholders from 12 countries, utilising Nairobi as an accessible hub. The programme addresses the challenges and opportunities of the industry including country spotlights, Industry Awards, an East African Utility CEO Forum, and technical demonstrations and cases studies from leading 100+ international suppliers.

EEP will be organising a full day workshop at the event where EEP grantees can present and showcase their project(s) and products. Detailed information on the options and possibilities for EEP grantees to profile themselves at this event will be emailed to them directly.

More information >>

LivelyHoods and Envirofit create successful partnership in cookstove distribution


Envirofit International and LivelyHoods have shared an inspiring story of how the two like-minded EEP project developers started their partnership and what impact they are making in Kenya.

“LivelyHoods, and all the women and youth we work with, are grateful for the support of EEP, not only in funding impactful energy and livelihoods projects, but also in bringing together like-minded companies, organizations and institutions who can continue to collaborate on initiatives that will thrive well into the future. Our collaboration with Envirofit goes well beyond selling cookstoves, and we’re proud to call them a partner of LivelyHoods.” (Claire Baker, LivelyHoods)

Read the full story and watch a video here >>

Good Practice Guide: Medium Size PV Plant


Application Note from Leonardo Energy on commercial and tertiary sector Photovoltaic (PV) power plants

Leonardo Energy’s publication provides an overview of the most relevant characteristics and considerations regarding medium size PV power plants (100 kW to 2 MW). It is aimed at potential investors (including industrial and tertiary sector companies, communities and financial institutions, among other parties) with an objective to fill the gap between very basic generalist papers and exceedingly technical analyses. The paper describes the main advantages and disadvantages of different types of systems and depicts key issues related to financing and the economics of a PV investment.

Download the full Application Note here >>

Talking business: Microfinance for decentralised renewables in Africa


Workshop: Microfinance for decentralised renewables in Africa
 9 October 2017 / Addis Ababa / Sheraton Hotel

Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) with the support of the African-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) organises a workshop targeting renewable energy companies & project developers, microfinance players as well as the public sector interested in decentralised renewables in Africa.

The workshop is organised in conjunction with the African Microfinance Week (SAM), taking place on 9-13 October in Addis Ababa and the programme will feature presentations & discussions on the business case for microfinanciers and experiences of microfinance players and decentralised RE companies, as well as pitches to present their products and explain what type of projects/partners they are looking for.

Read more and register here >>

Microgrid Global Innovation Forum


Optimizing the business model, performance, and integration of hybrid renewable energy microgrids in off-grid and grid-tied environments

September 4-6, 2017 / Barcelona, Spain

Microgrid Global Innovation Forum is an open, cross-industry networking event focusing on microgrid advances, case studies and applications in EMEA region, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. In the 5th edition of the event, the emphasis lies on maximizing the effective use of renewable energy resources, and optimizing the business model and performance of microgrids in remote, island, off-grid, and grid-connected scenarios. Among the expert speakers are Ernesto Macías, President of Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) and Stefan Trittler, Engineering Manager from EEP funded E.ON Off Grid Solutions.

See the agenda and register here >>

Rafiki Power shares videos on day-to-day operations at mini-grid sites


Rafiki Power by E.ON Off Grid Solutions offers affordable and sustainable off-grid energy services in rural Tanzania. In a EEP funded project Rafiki Power has already provided electricity to more than 550 households at four Solar PV mini-grid sites in the country. The company has produced a series of videos presenting their staff in day-to-day operations from installation process of a mini-grid to customer care and site management.  New potential customers are also given introduction to Rafiki Power systems with informative videos in Swahili.    

See all Rafiki Power’s videos here >>

Solar-powered street lights started illuminating Bujumbura


EEP-supported Gigawatt Global’s off-grid services are expanding in Burundi 

Solar-powered street lights illuminate now Burundi’s capital Bujumbura  as the first solar ‘light islands’ began appearing in the city’s heavily-trafficked central bus station and nearby marketplace, extending commercial hours and personal safety.  This pilot is part of Gigawatt Global’s EEP S&EA project ”Mini-Grid Pilots in Burundi”, which consists of two components: providing off-grid solar powered street lighting in Bujumbura, and secondly, providing off-grid solar electricity in form of rural mini-grid to rural areas in Burundi whose inhabitants are among the poorest in the world. EEP funded project also aims to prove the commercial viability of Gigawatt’s approach in preparation for a wider roll-out through Burundi. Gigawatt Global is in discussions to scale the ‘light islands’ throughout the city of Bujumbura and in other major Burundian towns in the near future.

Read the full press release here >>

Off-grid but Online: ICT in the last mile


Webinar organized by Smart Villages and The Low Carbon Energy for Development Network
Wednesday 26 July 2017, 9am EST /2pm UK

Join an interesting webinar on ICT as a game changer in off-grid areas and learn how the rural communities can benefit from disruptive ICT technologies. Some of the questions addressed in the webinar include: how can ICT / mobile technology be used to improve development outcomes? How can it impact health, education, and agriculture and livelihoods? Among the invited speakers is Richard Mori from EEP grantee MeshPower who will share his expertise and experiences of ICT solutions in the renewable energy sector.

Read more and register >>

Renewable Energy Business and Investment Workshop in Kenya


Renewable Energy Business & Investments Workshop: Opportunities in Kenyan Counties
9-10 November 2017 / Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, Naivasha Kenya

The Renewable Energy Business and Investment Workshop; Opportunities in Kenyan Counties, is a collaborative knowledge sharing and business development platform for the Energy and Environment Sectors bringing together developers, financiers, policy makers and other stakeholders operating within the Kenyan counties and beyond. The objective of the workshop is to disseminate best practice on investment development and growth of renewable energy resources in Kenyan counties, a key pillar in county and national development agenda as well as environmental goals of the nation.

Read more and register >>

EEP funded Inyenyeri signs a landmark carbon credit deal with World Bank


The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, acting as the trustee of the Carbon Initiative for Development Fund (CI-Dev) signed an Emission Reductions Purchase Agreement (ERPA) with a Rwandan sustainable pellet company Inyenyeri. The World Bank is committed to buy 600,000 “carbon credits” from Inyenyeri by December 2023 with an option to purchase another 400,000 carbon credits. The ERPA is a significant achievement for Inyenyeri and carbon finance will also bring substantial revenues to Rwandan renewable energy sector. Inyenyeri has already used the future revenue stream from the ERPA as collateral to secure an 8,000,000 € loan facility from Althelia Climate Fund and FMO. Inyenyeri aims to serve 2+ million households in Rwanda.

EEP has provided Inyenyeri with Business Development Support. Read more about this landmark deal and take a look at the Inyenyeri’s Innovation Business Model by EEP.

Slush Global Impact Accelerator 2017


Are you an African start-up with the vision and business idea to solve pressing global challenges? Do you have the skills and drive to succeed?

Slush Global Impact Accelerator (GIA) is a programme created in collaboration with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and multiple other partners. GIA 2017 brings impact-driven entrepreneurs from emerging markets to Helsinki to accelerate their business, attract additional financing, and build long-lasting networks.

Local Slush GIA Pitching competitions are held in the coming months across the world. Among EEP S&EA countries, start-ups from South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and Mozambique are invited to join the pitching events. Dates and locations of the pitching events will be announced on the Slush GIA website where you can also read more about Slush, which is one of the biggest and most extraordinary event in the start-up sphere. 

EEP brief on hybrid technologies in ESI Africa


Read the article on hybrid technologies in the latest edition of ESI Africa magazine

The use of hybrid technologies is taking off in Africa. Being it diesel mini-grids that are converted to solar energy with the diesel gensets to become the backup power source, or fully renewable energy mini grids that combine solar PV with for example biomass gasification using pellets of cotton residue as feedstock and / or battery storage.

To better understand the trend towards hybrid technologies, EEP has developed a brief around this topic. This brief was published in the second edition of 2017 of the ESI Africa magazine.

The magazine is available for online reading here >> 

Biomass Trade & BioEnergy Africa 2017


Biomass Trade & BioEnergy Africa / 28-29 September / Radisson Blu Sandton, Johannesburg

The region’s premier event features new Biomass and Bionergy projects in Africa, insightful sessions and thought-provoking discussions on latest issues. The event gathers decision makers throughout the biomass and bioenergy industry offering a whole lot of networking opportunities and more. Among the key industry players to confirm speaking are NamPower, Sunbird Bioenergy, ECN- Energy research Centre of the Netherlands and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Many more exciting and new biomass projects in Africa’s vast untapped markets will be featured.

Read more and register here >>

GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities Africa Working Group


GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities Africa Working Group / Exhibition: Meet the Utilities Innovators
9-10 July 2017, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities Africa Regional Working Group will take place on 9-10 July in Dar es Salaam with Innovators’ Exhibition on Monday 10 July. The exhibition provides an opportunity to see interactive displays of 10-20 innovative products and services being rolled out in energy, water and sanitation across Africa. 

In addition to the Exhibition, the purpose of the Working Group is to convene members of the energy, water and sanitation ecosystems together, and help build opportunity for mobile-enabled energy services. It will provide a key opportunity for networking and hearing about some of the new developments in reaching underserved communities with basic utility services.

A full list of exhibitors will be shared with the registered. For registration, please contact m4dutilities@gsma.com.

Technical Assumptions Used in PV Financial Models: Review of Current Practices and Recommendations


Leonardo Energy organizes a webinar on Photovoltaic Power Systems
5 July 2017, 15:00 CEST

Photovoltaic (PV) financial models are used by project developers, banks and asset managers to evaluate the profitability of a PV project. A report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (PVPS) presents an overview of current practices for financial modelling of PV investments and reviews them in view of technical and financial risks during the different phases of a PV project. The webinar focuses on establishing common practices for translating the technical parameters of performance and reliability into financial terms. The presentations give a comprehensive set of practical guidelines and recommendations for mitigating and hedging financial risks in a PV investment.

Download the report and enroll for the webinar >>

REN21’s Renewables 2017 Global Status Report launched


Another Record Breaking Year for Renewable Energy: More renewable energy capacity for less money!

REN21’s Renewables 2017 Global Status Report has been launched and it presents developments and trends of renewable energy worldwide in 2016. EEP S&EA has also been mentioned in the report and the EEP Energy Efficiency In-Depth study is referenced on page 102.

The full report can be accessed on the REN21 website where you can also find SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report with very interesting Infographics highlighting e.g. renewable energy investments in some of the EEP S&EA countries.

Please share forward the up-to-date information on development in the renewable energy sector!

Webinar 22 June: Reaping the benefits of energy access: Gender, policy, and practice


The Smart Villages network organises a webinar about experiences with gender policy and practice in the rural energy sector 

Several speakers will share their experiences with the topic and discuss the policy-level needs to ensure that women and girls have access to energy – and that the communities benefit from this access. Join the webinar organised by The Low Carbon Energy for Development Network and Smart Villages on Thursday 22 June 2017, 9am EST /  2pm UK.

Read more about the webinar and register >>

Mobisol honoured with a Judges’ Special Award at Ashden Awards 2017


Former EEP grantee Mobisol recognised for its achievements in electrifying East Africa

Thirteen organisations and programmes spanning three continents have been announced as sustainable energy leaders and winners of the 2017 Ashden Awards. Mobisol was among the 8 international winners and honoured with a Judge’s Special Award for its pioneering work for affordable solar power and pay-as-you-go technology in East Africa.

Read the story of Mobisol and other winners of Ashden Awards 2017 >> 

Nordic Climate Facility to launch a new CfP in August 2017


Climate as Business – Testing innovative green business concepts

Nordic Climate Facility is a challenge fund that provides grant opportunities for innovative green business ideas. NCF will launch a new Call for Proposals in August and EEP project developers are encouraged to create partnerships between Nordic and African organizations and apply for funding. The eligible African countries are Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Read more about NCF and stay tuned for updates on the next CfP in August 2017 >>

Call for Proposals: Embassy of Finland in Lusaka - Fund for Local Cooperation


Interesting opportunity to EEP project developers and other actors promoting inclusive green growth in Zambia!

The Embassy of Finland invites Zambian civil society organizations and private companies to apply for funding from the Fund for Local Cooperation. The objective is to promote a more dynamic and responsible private sector through results-based (development, pilot, scale up or feasibility) projects in areas of agribusiness and/or forestry, access to sustainable energy and/or waste management and recycling.

Read more about the instructions and application process. The deadline for submission of concept notes is 5 June 2017.

Perspectives of Absolute Energy’s mini-grid customers on Kitobo Island in Uganda


EEP project developer Absolute Energy has produced a video introducing the perspectives of mini-grid customers and staff on the island of Kitobo in Uganda. The 230kWp solar power plant with 520 kWh battery storage was launched on one of the Ugandan islands in Lake Victoria late last year and it currently serves the entire population composed of 555 households and 50 businesses there. Thanks to electricity, new homes and businesses are going up at the edge of the village, and the local police has registered new residents moving from the neighbouring islands to Kitobo.

Watch the video and listen to what local people think about the model >>


CfP: Support to Reform in the Energy Sector in Lesotho


The European Union has launched a CfP: “Energy efficient household devices, distribution, after-sales structures and Mini-grids for exploring economic growth potential in rural areas” with the objective to increasingly commercialise access to improved energy household devices. Target groups include rural households and rural small enterprises in need of access to energy in Lesotho. The overall indicative amount made available under this CfP is EUR 4 000 000 (approx. 55.3 million Maloti).

More information on the grants >> 

Envirofit and SunCulture recognized as game-changers in the field of clean energy technology and innovation by Bloomberg New Energy Finance


EEP-funded project developers have received valuable recognition as both Envirofit and SunCulture were selected among the 10 New Energy Pioneers by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Congratulations!

This year a record number of 170 applicants were judged on the innovativeness of their business model, ability to demonstrate momentum and potential for global scale. In earlier years, EEP project developers d.light and Mobisol have been among the winners. EEP team is honored to support these innovative companies promoting clean energy technology in Africa!

Read more about the Bloomberg New Energy Pioneers >>


Africa Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2017


Africa Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2017      

Nairobi, Kenya / LAICO Regency Hotel /  27-28 June 2017

African solar resources bring tremendous opportunities to the solar and energy storage industry. Africa Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo is the largest congress that focuses on energy storage market in Africa. Participants  are invited to discuss opportunities, challenges and solutions for solar and energy storage development especially in Kenya, South Africa, Morocco,Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda.

Read more and register here>>

BetterWorld Energy regenerates Zambian mine sites to produce biodiesel and biomass charcoal


BetterWorld Energy has successfully planted the first Pongamia tree at the abandoned tailings storage facility in Northern Zambia, with an aim to plant 40,000 square metres with 2,000 trees as a pilot, before moving on to revegetate 1000 ha and produce 7 million litres of biodiesel and 20,000 tons of biomass charcoal substitute. The EEP grant enabled BetterWorld to carry out a feasibility study for this project, which is the first ever mine site regeneration with Pongamia in Africa. Watch a video about BetterWorld’s pioneering bioenergy project.


SunCulture and !nspiraFarms among Top3 for Start Up Energy Transition Awards


EEP supported SunCulture and !nspiraFarms were selected amongst 100+ applicants as Top3 finalists for Start Up Energy Transition Award in the category Special Prize “Start Up SDG7”. The start-ups in this category are working towards UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

The Start Up Energy Transition Award is a facilitator linking start-ups, non-profits, corporates, investors & venture capitalists and the public sector. The Award Ceremony will take place at the Start Up Energy Transition Tech Festival in Berlin on March 20. Visit the event’s website to find out all 18 finalists in 6 categories >>


Ashden Awards shortlist features two EEP Project Developers SunCulture and Mobisol


EEP supported companies SunCulture and Mobisol were honored to be shortlisted as finalists for this year’s International Ashden Awards. At the award ceremony on June 15 in London, they will be competing for the prestigious prize with 12 other sustainable energy organizations. Check out the presentations of all international finalists here >>  


Women’s Energy Entrepreneurship workshop held in Nairobi


Jessica Alderman, Director of Communications & Public Relations at EEP funded Envirofit participated in the Women’s Energy Entrepreneurship workshop in Nairobi last week. The event’s theme this year was Empowering Women Energy Entrepreneurs & Scaling Access to Energy. Alderman got a chance to speak publicly about Envirofit’s cookstove programme, their successes and lessons learned to experts from across the world implementing women’s empowerment programs. On the event’s website you can read about the current discussions on women’s energy entrepreneurship and access some materials of the workshop.


Awarded video of Titimane biomass project in Mozambique


EEP supported project developers Sociedade Algodoeira do Niassa JFS and Energías de Portugal wanted to share this great illustrative video demonstrating electricity production from biomass in the rural village of Titimane, Mozambique. The aim of the EEP project is to implement a hybrid solar/biomass mini-grid for 900 households in Titimane. The animated video promotes public participation, environmental protection and technical innovation, and it was selected as a reference project in the category of Communication and Participation at the international competition “Good Practice of the Year Award” organized by the Renewables Grid Initiative.


Growing Economies: Project Finance Forum 2017


Growing Economies: Project Finance Forum 2017

Cape Town, South Africa / Belmond Mount Nelson / 2-3 February

This forum formerly known as the hugely successful Powering Africa: Finance Options will evolve into a high level dialogue focusing on the opportunities to finance energy and energy related infrastructure projects in Southern, East and North Africa. The meeting forms part of EnergyNet’s Growing Economies portfolio, which takes a closer look at the rapidly developing opportunities for project developers in new energy markets across the globe.
See the agenda and register here >>


African Utility Week


African Utility Week 2017

Cape Town, South Africa / CTICC / 16-18 May 2017

The 17th annual African Utility Week is the only global meeting place, conference and trade exhibition for African power and water utility professionals. African Utility Week offers a unique networking opportunity for engineers, stakeholders and solution providers alike.

Read more and register here >>


Three EEP S&EA project developers longlisted for 2017 Ashden Awards


Congratulations Kingo Energy, Mobisol and SunCulture!

Three EEP S&EA project developers are among the 48 organizations longlisted for the global 2017 Ashden Awards. This prestigious awards scheme was established in 2001 to celebrate sustainable energy pioneers both in the UK and the developing world. In addition to the prize sum, the winners receive access to Ashden’s global platform to promote their work, and a tailored package of support to grow further. Shortlists for each Award category will be announced in March, with the Awards to be presented at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 15 June 2017.

Learn more about Ashden’s mission, programme and the past awards winners on the Ashden website.


SunCulture CEO Samir Ibrahim named one of Forbes 2017 Under 30 winners


EEP S&EA supported SunCulture is proud to announce the CEO Samir Ibrahim being named one of Forbes 2017 30 Under 30 winners.

With fierce competition of over 15,000 nominations for just 600 spots, the 30 Under 30 recognizes top young game-changers and entrepreneurs. Previous winners include Mark Zuckerberg, Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel, and SNL’s Kate McKinnon. SunCulture is grateful for this recognition of what the company has achieved over the past 3 years – with 1,000 farmers earning higher incomes, almost 2 billion liters of water conserved annually, and over $2.5 million in annual farmer cost savings and increased revenues – all based on Samir’s founding vision of bringing all farmers out of poverty.

You can read Samir’s bio on Forbes here and more about the rest of the energy winners here. 


EEP S&EA receives attention at EAPIC 2016


Watch the interviews of EEP S&EA Programme Director Wim Jonker Klunne and Barefoot Power Africa’s CFO Faith Chege

EEP S&EA received positive attention at the latest East African Power Industry (EAPIC) forum in Nairobi as the Programme Director Wim Jonker Klunne was interviewed on stage by ESI Africa Power Journal. Watch the video and listen to Wim’s thoughts about EEP’s development!

In another video EEP supported Barefoot Power Africa Ltd’s Chief Financial Officer Faith Chege talks about the Future Energy Leader recognition she was honored with at EAPIC. Watch the award-winner Fait Chege’s interview here.



ZIMEC 2017


ZIMEC 2017

Lusaka, Zambia / 22-23 June 2017

For 6 years, Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference & Exhibition (ZIMEC) has played a pivotal role in shaping a sustainable growth path for the development of Zambia’s mining and energy sectors. The 7th ZIMEC event will bring together government, industry players, and other stakeholders to connect, share idea and continue strengthening the country’s economy.

Read more and register here >>


Power and Electricity World Africa 2017


Power and Electricity World Africa 2017

Johannesburg, South Africa / Sandton Conference Centre /28-29 March 2017

The 20th annual Power and Electricity World Africa is the leading marketplace and ideas exchange for African power producers, large energy users and governments, hungry for innovative solutions. The event is co-located with three other shows with more specific focus; The Solar Show Africa 2017, The Water Show Africa 2017 and Energy Efficiency World.

Read more and register here >>


Africa Energy Indaba 2017


Africa Energy Indaba

Johannesburg, South Africa / Sandton Conference Centre /21-22 February 2017

The Africa Energy Indaba Conference will discuss, debate and seek solutions to enable adequate energy generation across the continent. The event provides an opportunity to network with energy sector experts and decision-makers planning and developing the 21st century energy requirements for Africa. In the Indaba Exhibition over 100 leading energy suppliers will be showcasing the latest technologies, equipment and services.

Read more and register here >>


Power Tech Africa 2017


Power Tech Africa 2017 

Nairobi, Kenya / Crowne Plaza / 30-31 January 2017

Power Tech Africa 2017 Conference is a knowledge sharing platform focusing mainly on implementation of Smart Grid / Off-Grid projects using renewable energy for a better and reliable power transmission, identifying sources of capitalizing renewable power projects and exploring Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policies for better project implementation. 

Read more here>>

Solar-Works! first PAYG SHS provider in Mozambique


On Thursday the 24th of November, Solar-Works! officially launched its inclusive solar services for off grid customers in Mozambique. The event marked the opening of the company’s first shop, warehouse and head office in Matola. EEP S&EA is supporting Solarworks! in its expansion of operations in Mozambique.

Read more about Solar-Works! and their project in Mozambique here >>

Scaling up off-grid renewable energy projects in Africa


The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) is an international business association working towards the clean energy access in rural areas worldwide. ARE offers a variety of support services including marketing & advocacy, intelligence and business promotion as well as an Off-grid Matchmaking Platform. EEP S&EA cooperates with ARE on knowledge sharing.

If you are interested in ARE, read more about their services here>> 

Ashden Awards 2017


Ashden Awards – submit your application 

Established in 2001, the Ashden Awards are a globally recognised measure for excellence in the field of green energy. The award winners are selected by various developments aspects, which are also represented in the EEP Programme. Thus, we encourage the EEP project developers to apply for the award!

Submit your application by 8 November.

Read more and apply here>>

Windaba 2016



Cape Town / 2-4 November 

Windaba Conference and Exhibition is Africa’s Premier Wind Energy conference. This 6th annual event is once again proudly brought to you by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) in partnership with the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

Read more and register here>>

2017 World Hydropower Congress


2017 World Hydropower Congress

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia / African Union Commission / 9–11 May 2017

The 2017 World Hydropower Congress will bring together leaders and specialists to set the course for hydropower’s contribution to future energy and water systems. How to do ‘better hydro’ in a changing world will be a central theme.

Read more>>

IOREC 2016


International Off-grid renewable Energy Conference & Exhibition 

Nairobi / 30 September – 1 October 

The 3rd edition of the International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC) will take place in Nairobi, Kenya on 30th September and 1st October 2016. The Conference is being organized by IRENA in partnership with the Kenya Ministry of Energy & Petroleum and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE).

In parallel with the Conference, ARE will organise an exhibition to give the private sector an opportunity to showcase products and projects, and offer participants ample networking occasions.

Read more>>

EAPIC 2016

EAPIC Conference and Exhibition

Nairobi, Kenya / 21-22 September 2016 / KICC

Largest and longest running regional power conference and exhibition in East Africa

The 2016 EAPIC conference and exhibition will bring together leaders from the regional and international power and energy community to discuss the status of critical projects, spot lucrative opportunities and share best practice. The annual event fosters a platform for key partnerships to be formed, projects to be benchmarked and knowledge to be transferred.
Read more>>

Webinar: Best Practices for Operation and Maintenance of Photovoltaic Arrays


WEBINAR 11 October 2016

Getting superior performance from rooftop solar arrays depends on their proper design, installation, operation and maintenance.

ESI-Africa is providing this exclusive opportunity for you to participate in a learning series offered by DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions.

We invite you to join us for a webinar, where we will explain how to get optimum value out of systems by avoiding design and installation mistakes, choosing the right components, and establishing an effective monitoring and maintenance program. Event hosts Lucie Garreau-Iles (DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions) and Carel Ballack (Power Quality and Renewable Services, South Africa) will share advice for mounting modules, protecting cables and equipment, and caring for inverters and batteries, as well as guidance on commissioning systems and applicable codes and standards.

Read more and register to the webinar here>>

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.

Read the project overview and detailed information: Sustainable Swaziland – Monigny Investments (003)

Read more about Montigny and contact the company here>>