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  • First of its kind carbon finance loan fund launched to spur clean cookstove and fuel market | GVEP International
    first of its kind Fund because until now the lack of commercial financing for clean cookstoves and fuels has served as a barrier to entrepreneurs and others to develop a thriving market for these technologies Nearly 3 billion people cook with solid fuels every day that when burned in open fires and traditional cookstoves contribute to climate change and through illness and injury result in 4 million deaths annually The Alliance The Gold Standard and Nexus are committed to creating a global market for clean safe and affordable cooking solutions and believe that this can only be made possible through innovative approaches to finance Every market enabling option must be on the table in order to prevent unnecessary deaths and injuries environmental degradation and lost livelihood opportunities caused by the seemingly simple act of cooking a meal and we believe carbon markets are a viable practical way to finance the adoption of clean cooking solutions at scale said Radha Muthiah executive director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves which has contributed 290 000 USD to capitalize the Fund Although the sale of carbon offsets provides a valuable revenue stream clean cookstove projects often find it challenging to fund certification processes due to the one to two year time lag between registration and first revenues from carbon credits The Fund is designed to take on financial risk associated with the carbon process by offering a loan to project developers It will not purchase emission reductions but these will be used as collateral to the loan This innovative approach has been used by Nexus since 2010 and results show that the model increases the value flowing back to projects said Marion Verles executive director of Nexus fund manager for the Fund Eligible projects will need to demonstrate that they provide strong

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/resources/first-its-kind-carbon-finance-loan-fund-launched-spur-clean-cookstove-and-fuel-market (2016-02-16)
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  • New generation of energy service companies aim to prove that investment in solar energy in Africa pays off | GVEP International
    Impact Energies Ghana has agreed to join Persistent Energy Partners Operating under the name Persistent Energy Ghana PEG this high growth solar distribution company based in Accra Ghana will focus on providing customers who earn 1 6 per day with basic solar energy services such as lighting cell phone charging radios And TVs Initially targeting the Ghana market PEG will expand to other West African markets As it develops The off grid market in sub Saharan Africa is a 10 billion a year market which offers unique financial social and environmental returns for businesses like PEG We intend to Build PEG into a sustainable business in Ghana that can attract additional investment capital This capital will enable us to bring solar energy services to a significant portion of Ghana s Rural population says Chris Aidun CEO of PEP Mobile communication and mobile money have changed the energy access challenge From here on it s not a question if but when the sector takes off We are acquiring Impact Energies For its management team and its operational capability Hugh Whalan and Nate Heller from IE are accomplished entrepreneurs and know this market well added Dirk Muench CIO of PEP Hugh Whalan and Nate Heller will manage the company as the CEO and COO respectively The company works with over 100 technicians and sales people About Persistent Energy Partners Persistent Energy Partners was founded in 2012 as a result of the financial restructuring of E Co an 18 year old non profit that invested in clean energy businesses in developing markets PEP has managed a portfolio of over 40 clean energy investments in sub Saharan Africa About Impact Energies Impact Energies was founded by Hugh Whalan in 2011 as a result of his experiences running A non profit that financed energy projects

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/resources/new-generation-energy-service-companies-aim-prove-investment-solar-energy-africa-pays (2016-02-16)
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  • Kenya consumer segmentation study - Phase 1 | GVEP International
    examined those with the greatest potential to reach large scale improved cook stove and fuel adoption The objective of this study was to assess the viability and successful uptake of improved cook stoves and fuels in different segments in Kenya at the local level The information obtained will be used to enhance current efforts of improved cook stove adoption and determine where additional resources should be applied in order to have the greatest impact on the cook stove market There were two parts of this study Literature review of determinants for fuel use and improved cook stove purchase in Kenya The analysis considered 12 variables as a determinant of adoption These variables influence purchase age gender head of household home ownership family size geographic location fuel used in cooking employment Income Quintiles fuel access education level fuel cost and willingness to pay We found that improved cook stove adoption and fuel choices are significantly influenced by socio economic status and demographic profile of households energy choices and uses energy cost and expenditure Survey Analysis Segments across the Central Coastal and Western regions were examined using these variables Surveys were conducted in the field to determine fuel and cook stove use

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/resources/kenya-consumer-segmentation-study-phase-1 (2016-02-16)
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  • AfDB Invests U.S. $25 Million and Mobilizes U.S. $39.5 Million in Africa Renewable Energy Fund | GVEP International
    estimated to range from US 22 billion and US 31 billion per annum between now and 2015 However few pan African infrastructure funds have scope to make clean technology investments whereas there is a dearth of funds that are dedicated to renewable energy investment or that have an investment focus targeting SSA AREF will have a significant impact in facilitating greater private capital inflows into clean energy technology industries across Africa while lowering greenhouse gas emissions currently associated with the energy sector By investing in clean technology solutions AREF will assist Governments in meeting their renewable energy RE and carbon emission targets while contributing to job creation income generation increased delivery of services and Government revenues AREF has been set up to contribute to the investment needs and through the demonstration effect catalyze the additional investment required to build sustainable RE industries across SSA The AfDB played a key role as the lead in the fund s conceptual development including the structuring of the fund and selection of the fund manager Moreover AfDB is one of the sponsors and anchor investors in the fund along with Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa SEFA which will also contribute US 25 million to the fund In addition SEFA will provide US 10 million to the Project Support Facility PSF which will provide AREF with additional resources to prepare and structure bankable projects Lastly the Global Environment Facility GEF will invest US 4 5 million in equity from an AfDB managed public private partnership platform program Berkeley Energy LLP BE AREF s manager established in 2007 raised a US 110 million Renewable Energy Asia Fund REAF in 2009 and deployed 80 of its capital within three and a half years The REAF investment remit is substantially similar to AREF with the BE team demonstrating

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/resources/afdb-invests-us-25-million-and-mobilizes-us-395-million-africa-renewable-energy-fund (2016-02-16)
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  • Invitation to the solar(PV) entrepreneurship training programme | GVEP International
    supporting the development of a sustainable market for on and off grid PV applications is to strengthen and develop local capacities of policymakers regulators and utilities branch managers of financial institutions trainers from educational or research institutions and renewable energy entrepreneurs to accelerate renewable energy and particularly solar photovoltaic PV systems deployment Under ProSPER the Promotion of Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship in Photovoltaics Technology and its Financing has the following objectives enabling small and medium entrepreneurs to assess the business potentials of a PV project develop the business plan and loan requests and to successfully manage and maintain their businesses increasing the confidence of financial institutions in renewable energy technologies and improving the sustainability of renewable energy projects and investments This will be achieved through training of branch managers and business development managers of financial institutions active in the ECOWAS region The training programme has two phases that intail training workshops in Phase 1 and a mentorship programme in Phase 2 Renewable energy entrepreneurs from ECOWAS Member countries are invited to submit an application to participate in an eight 8 day training programme which will consist of a three 3 day practical training in an ECOWAS country between 18 to 20 November 2013 and shortly thereafter a five 5 days workshop of field visits for Phase 1 The application should contain 1 A very short cover letter 2 A completed Application Form attached 3 Copies of essential company registration documents 4 Financial statements of the company in the past two 2 years 5 One 1 page CV of the entrepreneur who wishes to participate in the training 6 A copy of the valid passport of the entrepreneur who wishes to participate in the training The application should be submitted by email to prosper irena org Deadline of applications is not later

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/resources/invitation-solarpv-entrepreneurship-training-programme (2016-02-16)
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  • CHANGING Markets Award Recognising Champions for Green and Inclusive Markets - Accepting Applications | GVEP International
    and Inclusive Markets Accepting Applications Posted on 6 Aug 2013 17 23 News Announcement Tags Climate Change Energy efficiency Energy policy Renewable Energy The CHANGING Markets Award Recognising Champions for Green and Inclusive Markets is now accepting applications The award is for companies that are successfully building their business case around environmental considerations and are creating a real impact at the Base of the Pyramid BoP Ten of the most promising entrepreneurs will be selected as finalists and will be invited to the 16th International Business Forum IBF taking place in Istanbul Turkey on the 23 24 October 2013 The IBF brings together 250 Participants from around the world from government private sector and civil society This year focusing on the topic of Green and Inclusive Businesses Up to three winners chosen from the finalists will receive an additional monetary prize of 5 000 Euros Candidates can apply from the 1st of August unitl the 1st of September 2012 23 59 CET Further information is available at ibf2013 adelphi de apply php Application form are available at https ibf2013 adelphi de apply php mode apply Share this page GVEP Publications We produce a wide range of publications including studies reports

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  • NESTA/National Grid Challenge - keeping the lights on... | GVEP International
    are pleased to present the Dynamic Demand Challenge Prize We are seeking innovations that shift electricity demand to off peak times make better use of renewable generation and help reduce carbon emissions Got a new idea to shift demand Enter the challenge by telling us about your new idea You could get expert guidance to develop your idea and could be in with a chance to win 50 000 Submit

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  • Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy Mombasa - The application process is now open ! | GVEP International
    Centre s Summer Academy programme aims to equip decision makers project developers and investors with the necessary skills to scale up access to clean energy on the African Continent The Mombasa Academy is delivered by senior trainers that combine both academic technical renewable energy RE and energy efficiency EE and banking knowledge unique to the African continent The coursework includes core courses on policy and regulation and sources of financing for RE and EE development Technical courses cover the spectrum of project finance and effective project design to attract financing These theoretical training components are augmented by practical real life on the ground case studies and extracurricular activities The training sessions institutional fair and leisure activities as well as several group assignments guarantee superior networking opportunities with other practitioners of sustainable energy finance Target Group The course has a clear finance focus and is suitable for both public and private sector practitioners including entrepreneurs project developers private investors initiator fund houses international development finance consultants and managers plant operators and manufacturers engineers and advisory professionals e g law firms business and tax consultants Other interested parties such as academics in relevant fields are of course welcome to apply to the

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