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  • Over 1000 Applications for Energy Contest | GVEP International
    21 Chile 15 Peru 15 Applications from the Caribbean Dominican Republic 32 Jamaica 30 Haiti 20 A considerable communications campaign organised by all the co sponsors supported the launching of the contest Press launches were held in more than ten countries and information was sent out by country focal points to universities municipalities and local organisations Access to energy is rapidly climbing up the political and business agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean and simultaneously entering the social consciousness remarked Pedro Gamio GVEP International Regional Manager There are many people with bright ideas they are just lacking the means to put them into action This contest designed to support innovative approaches to access to energy renewable energy and energy efficiency aims to tackle that problem and to develop economically viable solutions which can then be directly implemented on the ground The applications cover a wide range of subjects from the introduction of electric taxis in urban areas developing new forms of bioreactors to capture CO2 new methods for harnessing wave power energy efficiency in the use of radio towers to new uses for social networking tools to provide information on energy consumption and demand side management Bioenergy has taken

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/over-1000-applications-energy-contest (2016-02-16)
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  • The Honduras Platform springs into action | GVEP International
    through hydroelectric plants to learn about efficient methods for running a self sustaining hydroelectric scheme The initiation of nine small scale hydroelectric projects in the Parque Nacional Pico Bonito is one of the proposed outputs of the national energy strategy produced by the Platform to diversify energy sources AHPPER Honduras Association of Small Renewable Energy Producers was the driving force behind this inter regional information sharing and they invited representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment SERNA the National Electric Energy Company ENEE the Forestry Conservation Institute ICF and the Special Office of the Public Prosecutor to accompany them to Costa Rica It was crucial this range of stakeholders be present so all could learn from the well functioning licence system as well as the funding model the Payment for Environmental Services Plan PES The PES was adopted by the Costa Rican government alongside the creation of the Forestry Law in 1996 and its purpose is to incentivize landowners to use their land for environmental services such as agroforestry systems and hydrological services Under this programme landowners can receive payments of up to US 550 per hectare which are funded by a tax on gas selling carbon offsets

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  • GAPFund awardees win prestigious prizes for Green Oil Business Plan | GVEP International
    plant locally available is Pongamia Pinnata which is collected and processed to produce oil which can serve as an alternative to kerosene and diesel The resource centres aimed to train communities in the use of Pongamia Pinnata for improving local energy services as well as create income generating opportunities for poor families The project resulted in beneficial impacts for one hundred households and six local technicians were trained in Pongamia oil production GVEP International aims to support GAPFund awardees where possible and ongoing support was offered to AERF to help build up capacity of the resource centres thus improving sustainability and replicate the model in other rural locations To assist with developing a sustainable business model around their community based biodiesel centres AERF engaged a group of enthusiastic students from SP Jain Institute of Management and Research in Mumbai to develop a business plan based on the existing centres Rahul Ravish and Siddharth students of SPJIMR worked with Jayant Sarnaik from AERF over a period of 8 weeks to develop the business plan which has received considerable acclaim at two major business plan competitions the Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition GSEC organized by the Foster School of Business in February of this year and the 2009 Rice Business Plan Competition in April The plan generated particular interest amongst the judging panel and investors due to its unique use of community participation as well as the notable impact obtained from a relatively small investment Looking ahead investors would like a clearer picture of Pongamia availability and how local businesses will ensure steady access to the resource Please click here to see more information about the Prizes 1 The main round of Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition GSEC organized by the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington in Seattle in February

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  • IDEAS Energy Innovation Competition attracts strong interest | GVEP International
    May the number of daily applications received is rising rapidly and more than 150 bright ideas have been sent in Applicants come from a wide number of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean with particularly strong interest from Peru Chile Colombia Bolivia and Honduras for Latin America and Haiti Barbados and St Lucia for the Caribbean A judging panel has already started checking the eligibility of the received applications to ensure that they have satisfied the contest rules and those that pass will move immediately on to the expert evaluation phase Experts include specialists in the field of renewable energies wind solar biogas biofuels etc energy efficiency and energy access as well as experienced professionals who will be assessing the long term viability of the proposed projects The experts and professionals are drawn from the three main sponsor organisations GVEP International GTZ and the Inter American Development Bank If you have not yet sent in your bright idea do so now before it s too late The application forms are simple to complete and detailed proposals will only be requested from the shortlisted applicants Applications can be submitted in English Spanish Portuguese or French Look on the IDEAS website

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  • The government, regional municipalities and GEF boost solar energy in Honduras | GVEP International
    of sustainable energy technologies One key example is the PROSOL project in Honduras supported by the World Bank Honduran government GEF and local municipalities This project involves 5 local solar suppliers Solaris Soluz Sielsol Ecoaldeas and Cadelga who are charged with installing solar systems in 3 000 rural homes by mid 2012 with a peak capacity range of 35 to 150 Watts 600 have already been installed 200 of which were paid for through micro lending Four certified financial institutes Comixmul Hermandad de Honduras Fundahmicro and Prisma provide loans to the target customers who are expected to pay 50 of the product cost The remainder of the cost is covered by the municipalities and the government The customers can repay the loans over 36 months and currently all are up to date with remaking these payments Taking the project a step further the PROSOL team is expanding into community owned systems which have a peak capacity range of 150 300 Watts These can be used for powering televisions radios cell phones and street lighting Thirteen community systems have been installed so far out of a hundred expected to be installed Projects such as PROSOL combining the support and skills of

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  • “ Energy Access is Crucial to Tackling Poverty” | GVEP International
    countries agreed upon the Millennium Development Goals MDGs a list of key targets for tackling poverty and inequality to be achieved by 2015 However with today s global economic crisis and the failure of countries to work together these targets will not be met It is predicted that the global financial crisis will drag another 53 million people under the 2USD a day income level of poverty in 2009 This number should be added to the 130 million people that fell into poverty in 2008 due to the rise in prices of food and fuel In Latin America today poverty which had started to decrease over the last five years is now on the rise However the crisis represents both a challenge and an opportunity as it calls for innovative responses and clear leadership Energy plays a major strategic role in today s cultural and political environment In the eloquent words of Youba Sokona Sahara and Sahel Observatory energy is one of those critical fields in which technology economy and politics find each other at a crossroads Its importance for social and environmental aspects is undeniable as well as its key role in any system for the planning or development of society Energy is fundamental in the fight against poverty and a necessity for social and economic development The global economic crisis temporarily overshadowed the clarity of this vision as the fall of oil prices led some to believe there is no longer urgency in the shift towards alternative energy sources Fortunately President Obama remains resolute announcing his dedication to developing renewable energy It is vital that we follow his lead and effectively promote renewable energy sources Not only must we reduce dependency on oil for energy security but also for the survival of our planet traditional heavy reliance upon

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  • Security does not always come from the grid | GVEP International
    combat this problem by using photovoltaic systems PV The solar photovoltaic cells convert light into electrical energy The systems only require daylight as opposed to direct sunlight to generate electricity This leads to greater levels of productivity as a result of the long daylight hours Furthermore PV systems greatly reduce the running costs of buildings which they are fitted to and represent the latest cost effective option for electrifying homes in many rural areas The director of a dairy plant in Sengerema Mwanza approached Intra Professions for a solution to the problem of frequent power failures At the time he was using the national grid electricity to seal packets of milk with sealer machines The continuous power failures were having a negative impact on this core aspect of his business one which needed an immediate remedy Intra Professions offered him a small solar photovoltaic home system to use as opposed to relying on the National grid for his electricity The result was a complete success and the dairy plant has functioned effectively since using renewable energy sources The greater implications of this are that the dairy plant has become a model for solar photovoltaic use in East Africa and people

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  • Energy Innovation Contest in Latin America and the Caribbean | GVEP International
    up to 200 000 to finance multiple proposals for promoting energy efficiency and access to renewable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean Novel ideas for improving energy efficiency and expanding access to renewable energy in Latin American and Caribbean countries will receive up to 200 000 in financing through a contest jointly announced today by the Inter American Development Bank GVEP International GTZ and the Korean Government Click on

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