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  • Supporting Rwandan entrepreneurs to capitalise on the untapped potential in the Pico Hydro energy sector | GVEP International
    were given by GVEP Technology Mentors and open discussions on specific topics were encouraged to ensure that all participants were involved and could raise any questions or issues There was a presentation given by Mr Ajith Kumara a highly experienced Pico Hyrdo consultant from Sri Lanka where this energy source has proved to be very successful Rwanda has considerable potential to expand and develop its Pico Hydro sector by creating a number of Pico Hydro sites across the country Pico hydro plants tap into the hydro energy generated by flowing water converting this energy into electrical energy through a small turbine and providing the energy needs for a small village generally up to 50kW A study conducted by ESWA Energy Water and Sanitation Authority identified 168 sites for this type of development and believes that there are many more possible sites but have not yet been identified The potential sites would serve the energy needs of small industries hospitals and households in rural areas of the country by serving as an alternative energy source and cutting out the need to rely on petrol lamps and generators which are both expensive and detrimental to health Explained Victor Hakuzwumuremyi GVEP Technology Mentor Of the 20 participants who attended the training 9 have already been involved in constructing Pico Hydro plants with some success and are supplying around 200 households across the country Mr Emmanuel Uwamahoro owner E T FO Ltd is in the process of developing his business plan with the GVEP business mentors Having previously worked as a construction technician working on constructing schools and bridges he has decided to shift his efforts to the Pico Hydro sector and contacted GVEP for assistance He proposes to provide energy to 135 households a commercial centre a school and a health centre with

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  • New programme launched seeking innovative solutions to challenges in climate change, energy access and water & sanitation | GVEP International
    new programme funded by UK Department for International Development DFID designed to stimulate and influence innovative solutions to challenges in climate change adaptation energy access and water sanitation for the world s poorest people The programme has been designed by and will be jointly implemented by a Consortium of members including IMC Worldwide InnoCentive GVEP ITAD and IDS which won the tender earlier in the year During the first six months consortium members will be involved in a detailed programme design and will be consulting widely on potential areas of focus Ideas to Impact is built on principles of open innovation Through media buzz and strategic outreach the programme aims to motivate an extensive and diverse collection of potential solvers to generate pioneering solutions to five defined challenges For the world s poorest people access to a reliable source of energy safe water and sanitation services is severely lacking These intensely vulnerable communities are also the most at risk from climate change subsistence livelihoods provide little or no resilience to floods droughts and erratic rainfall Each Ideas to Impact challenge will be based on a thoroughly researched and clearly defined problem statement reflecting the real needs of the poorest in

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  • Off-grid lighting companies awarded grants to benefit Kenya’s poorest | GVEP International
    in Kenya Communities that will benefit most from clean sustainable energy solutions are those with least access to these products having to pay high up front capital costs Says Belinda Mills ESME Programme Manager Ms Mills added that the OGL grants fill this gap by providing working capital to distributors who in turn sell products through low interest credit to clients whilst still being able to replenish stock Clients immediately benefit from cheaper cleaner light sources whereas the distributor is assured of short and medium term cash flow Ms Mills explains The OGL products mainly use solar energy as a source of lighting and for mobile phone charging reducing overreliance on electricity and kerosene lamps According to Lighting Africa a joint World Bank IFC Project there is a real need for high quality lighting products to be more readily available in the African market Annual sales of OGL have grown by 90 to 95 since 2009 The sales are expected to rise due to many phone users and limited connection to electricity Improved quality of available off grid products and the development of easy payment options such as pay as you go models are contributing to their increased popularity However off grid lighting and other clean renewable energy initiatives though promising are threatened by inadequate funding and investment options Banks limited knowledge on the industry s prospects and perceived high risks coupled with weak balance sheets and credit history among the SMEs are a stumbling block to fast uptake of the technology Manufacturers are also grappling with how to increase production to match demand while importers tie up considerable funds due to bureaucracies in the manufacturing process Against this backdrop pre qualified OGL product distributors were called to submit proposals for grants The proposals were required to have targets for

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/grid-lighting-companies-awarded-grants-benefit-kenya%E2%80%99s-poorest (2016-02-16)
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  • New cookstove designs offer improved performance | GVEP International
    can offer improvements in efficiency compared to local models in the market The stoves have been fabricated with metal gauges prescribed by Kenya Bureau of Standards with the aim of making them more durable Metallic parts likely to wear out fast by nature of their position in the stove body for example those in direct contact with burning flames have been made detachable for ease of replacement Typically these products are designed for lower income households that are price sensitive There are numerous and varying user requirements due to culture and geography The combustion of biomass occurs in a high temperature extremely corrosive environment Optimizing price usability durability and efficiency is a daunting task Said Payan ole MoiYoi of Kenya Stove Works Limited Ole MoiYoi adds I hope these stoves serve as the starting point for an on going collaborative design process moving forward between stakeholders in this sector the private sector and end users so that eventually these products are optimized to the highest degree possible for the different geographical and cultural settings in which they are used Other design features include the fuel chamber of the wood stove being designed to accommodate a considerable amount of fuel thus eliminating the need for constant tending and a thick layer of insulation to reduce the outer surface temperature making the stove safe to use at all times However as a result of using better quality and more durable materials the stoves will be more expensive than other locally made stoves But they are expected to bridge the gap that currently exists in the market between basic improved cookstoves produced and other advanced models They will offer local producers an opportunity to add new products to their range that will be more profitable and offer greater benefits for the end user

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/new-cookstove-designs-offer-improved-performance (2016-02-16)
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  • GVEP Advisory Services client selected to pitch at prestigious Amsterdam investor conference | GVEP International
    pitch at Pymwymic s Impact Days conference in Amsterdam in April GVEP Advisory Services supports companies in East Africa secure the grant debt and equity capital required to implement or scale up In addition to supporting the development of financing strategies GVEP facilitates introductions to relevant investors As a result of its relationship with Pymwymic a premier impact investment network in the Netherlands GVEP introduced a number of clients as candidates for the Impact Days Pitching Competition in early April The competition generated tremendous interest and the conference organizers ultimately selected 12 entrepreneurs from over 100 applicants in a wide range of sectors A testament to the quality of the GVEP supported businesses two were offered the opportunity to pitch at the Amsterdam conference and one will be attending The other company has elected not to attend as it is negotiations with other investors which were introduced by GVEP JUMEME a joint venture between experienced mini grids project developers INENSUS and TerraProjects together with St Augustine University in Tanzania is seeking to finance a large scale roll out of solar hybrid mini grids in Tanzania Nico Peterschmidt CEO of INENSUS will be presenting the investment opportunity to hundreds of active

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  • Innovative IDEAS increasing self-sufficiency and access to renewable energy in the Caribbean | GVEP International
    produced more than forty jobs and created solid links between local businesses hotels and restaurants buying and ordering produce grown on the farm We have been overwhelmed by the success of the enterprise and the impact it has had on the community We now have standing orders with four hotels and eight restaurants as well as supplying eighteen supermarkets with our produce It s great to see the business taking off says Mrs Rebecca Harper Founder of the Family Garden Work has already begun in Trench Town Kingston using a new business model suited to the larger more urban area Trench Town s population is denser and double that of Jack s Hill The implementation and management of the business will reflect the positive components of the Jacks Hill farm as well as benefitting from modifications on areas that were less successful A significant change will be seen in the management of farmers it was noted that a better more rigorous selection process is required Another important change is that seedlings will be sold to the Agency for Inner city Renewal AIR rather than being provided free of charge as was the case in Jacks Hill This will generate more income for the business which can then be used to invest in new equipment The Family Garden is a successful business model and will continue to develop and give much needed opportunity to other Caribbean communities We are in the process of creating a new business plan that will extend past both GVEP and UKAid intervention says Leighton Waterman GVEP Country Manager Caribbean Guguplex Technologies Suriname Guguplex Technologies works to bring affordable solar electricity to rural off grid parts of Suriname through a variety of payment options including a system of micro loans The Rural Electrification Department provides some villages in the interior with diesel generators but they are costly to run often break down and are generally ill equipped to meet modern energy needs Communities have to limit their productive educational and social activities to daylight hours or rely on kerosene lamps which are expensive and can cause health problems In addition to supplying solar products Guguplex are concentrating on two specific areas of development in the coming months generating increased government involvement in facilitating both community and economic development through the provision of energy and increasing the supply of different small systems amongst the most rural communities in Suriname where there is a growing need To date 622 households and about 2 500 people two schools and a district commission have benefited from the work of Guguplex technologies The demand for their solar products continues to grow they are at present the only company offering these services and in some areas are experiencing such a high level of demand that they are unable to fulfill it This signals that there is significant opportunity for further development in the market and the possibility for further expansion Guguplex s reach continues to grow and benefits have been seen in several

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  • Caribbean biogas company to provide energy from waste to housing development in Jamaica | GVEP International
    the 2012 IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest for the Caribbean CaribShare is working to develop the first biodigester plant with a capacity to produce enough biogas to generate at least 2000 MWh electrical energy per year The company has recently signed a sales agreement with Richmond Development Corporation to supply energy from waste to their new housing development in The Palms area in St Ann Jamaica CaribShare is expected to install a 500m3 digester able to generate 900 000 m3 of biogas per year One third of all the food produced 1 3 million tonnes annually in Jamaica ends up wasted in landfills releasing harmful greenhouse gases and contributing to climate change The cost to transport waste to landfills can put a significant dent into public budgets Developing countries are in dire need of their own business models that maximize the value that waste can provide to sustainable development says Carol Lue Executive Director of CaribShare CaribShare seeks to do just that Over the next 10 years they plan to develop six additional biodigesters in phases to provide a total of at least 500 kW capacity For the start up phase all of the biogas produced will be sold to Richmond Estates however in future CaribShare plans to generate their own electricity for sale to the national grid and other business entities looking to reduce their energy bill This is an attractive business model for all the parties involved explains Carol Lue Participating hotels will drastically reduce their waste disposal cost as CaribShare picks up their organic waste free of charge and participating farms will receive a cash reward and an extra income source for supplying their waste We are extremely excited to work with CaribShare says Leighton Waterman GVEP s Caribbean Country Manager especially as another major benefits of the

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/caribbean-biogas-company-provide-energy-waste-housing-development-jamaica (2016-02-16)
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  • Innovative biogas business model gives affordable energy to low income farmers in central Kenya | GVEP International
    is for Kenya Power Prepaid customers The technology provides an affordable alternative compared to traditional biogas systems Farmers pay a small fee to install the system they then pay for the biogas as they use it This saves the farmers upfront cost an average of 1 700 for purchasing the biogas system The company retains ownership of each biogas system that is installed taking full responsibility for its maintenance as part of the customer service Schutter Energy offers Over the years most Kenyans have been relying on firewood charcoal and kerosene for fuel in their homesteads However these are becoming expensive amidst concerns that felling of trees is alarmingly on the rise Emissions from biomass and kerosene also pose serious health risks To generate biogas livestock farmers load into biogas digesters a mixture of cow waste and water The system also produces a bio fertiliser which has the potential to increase farmers yields During installation the farmers are trained on how to operate the digester for optimum results Schutter Energy has been working closely with GVEP through the KCIC since its inception to secure financial support and promote their business model They are one of many other young innovative enterprises that the KCIC supports through a mix of business and technical advice access to facilities and startup grants explained Neeketa Khimasia SME Advisor and KCIC Programme Manager Kyle Schutter the founder of the Schutter Energy reveals that this year they plan to deliver PAYG biogas to more than 400 families The company plans to extend its operations to Rift Valley and will scale up to 10 000 biogas digesters across East Africa within the next 5 years Modern energy access he points out has been the foundation of success in the Western world and he hopes the same will happen

    Original URL path: http://yds.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/innovative-biogas-business-model-gives-affordable-energy-low-income-farmers-central-ke (2016-02-16)
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