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  • Issues facing energy delivery in humanitarian contexts raised for the first time at SE4All Forum | GVEP International
    Forum Financing Energy Access in Crisis Settings Ensuring sustainable energy for those affected by natural disasters and conflict This was the first time that the specific challenges of energy access for refugees and displaced people had featured on the SE4All agenda The panel featured interventions from high level speakers including Sarah Costa executive director of the Women s Refugee Commission Radha Muthiah executive director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Koen Peters executive director of the GOGLA Secretariat Amare Gebre Egziabher senior environmental coordinator of the UNHCR Simon Collings director of learning and innovation at GVEP International and Surya Kumar Sapkota assistant director at the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre AEPC within the Government of Nepal The focus was on successful and innovative financing mechanisms and the role of beneficiaries country governments and implementing agencies in making these work Speakers emphasized that crisis affected populations must be addressed by the Sustainable Energy For All global strategy and that it would be essential to find more sustainable models of finance for cleaner safer energy delivery which could better engage the private sector host communities and crisis affected people themselves The Moving Energy Initiative is a a ground breaking new project which

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/issues-facing-energy-delivery-humanitarian-contexts-raised-first-time-se4all-forum (2016-02-16)
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  • Agro processing companies in Tanzania to be powered by rental solar farms | GVEP International
    Tanzania to be powered by rental solar farms Posted by Laura Nolan 02 Jun 2015 Redavia a company providing low cost energy from redeployable solar farms has teamed up with GVEP to roll out leasing of mini grids model for agro processing companies and communities in Tanzania Due to unreliable power infrastructure many food processors have to depend on expensive diesel generators to avoid unproductive hours or even days during power cuts Redavia s low cost per kWh rental solar farms give businesses and communities immediate access to energy without the upfront costs of buying a solar farm outright The company provides and installs fully removable turnkey solar farms on flexible contracts Service includes full operations and maintenance and the farms are integrated with gensets to create a hybridized power system GVEP is looking to partner with i agro processing companies in Tanzania that are currently reliant on diesel generators and or who suffer from unreliable electricity supply and ii organisations NGOs that have identified agro processing sites and communities that are looking for a reliable and affordable source of electricity Please contact Gregory Miller at gregory miller gvepinternational org if you fall into either of these categories Share this

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/agro-processing-companies-tanzania-be-powered-rental-solar-farms (2016-02-16)
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  • GravityLight launches a crowdfunding campaign to bring low-cost lamps powered by gravity to East Africa | GVEP International
    cost lamps powered by gravity to East Africa Posted by Laura Nolan 01 Jun 2015 Two London based designers have developed a light source that operates with the helping hand of gravity GravityLight offers a promising alternative to kerosene lamps and a unique storable solution for emergency relief With the lift of a weight GravityLight provides instant light any time with no sun or batteries needed Uniquely this means that GravityLight can be stored for long periods of time without the risk of batteries degrading and can be used whatever the season without the need to charge outside beforehand This new model is exclusively available through its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign by which The GravityLight Foundation is raising funds to establish an assembly line in Kenya The team is also currently developing partnerships with distribution networks and a range of NGOs GVEP has provided business consulting services to the team as they expand into East Africa If you re interested in finding out more or to support their crowdfunding campaign please see https www indiegogo com projects gravitylight 2 made in africa x 10177017 story Visit their website at www gravitylight org Or contact commercial director Caroline Angus at caroline gravitylight

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/gravitylight-launches-crowdfunding-campaign-bring-low-cost-lamps-powered-gravity-east- (2016-02-16)
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  • Innovative business models lighting up rural Africa | GVEP International
    The credit facility came in handy as it reduced the high upfront costs and introduced affordable monthly repayments comparable with the cost of kerosene and paraffin The after sale technical support also guarantees her continuous power supply Whenever we have any technical challenges they are always one call away I would recommend the SolarNow system to anyone who is looking for cheaper and cleaner power says Rose Rose uses the solar power mostly for domestic consumption but she also makes some extra money by charging mobile phones for her neighbours Her house is the only one in the village that is currently powered despite being just 5 kilometres off the main grid The solar system has transformed my life My family no longer struggles with power cuts We are able to watch television and listen to the radio My children can study at night and when they are at home during school holidays I ve also just bought a fridge she says SolarNow currently operates and owns 45 shops throughout Uganda The company sells a modular range of solar photovoltaic systems and appliances under an in house credit facility To date they have sold 7 000 solar systems Their business model acknowledges that consumer finance is critical to residential and commercial energy sales Energy solutions can be very expensive well beyond the normal spending power of low income consumers Rather than partnering with micro credit institutions as others do SolarNow has instead incorporated consumer credit into its own business model Consumers are assessed for credit worthiness and if approved they make a down payment after which the solar system is installed and repayments are made over 24 months Default rates are extremely low owing to the quality of the solar systems and affordable repayment rates SolarNow estimates that around one

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/innovative-business-models-lighting-rural-africa (2016-02-16)
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  • Crowdfunding for energy access: who, how and why | GVEP International
    Nolan 28 May 2015 Innovative energy access projects are increasingly turning to crowdfunding to address their financing need But what do we know about the effectiveness of this tool to kick start projects in developing countries GVEP international is launching a three year initiative that looks to stimulate develop and learn from crowdfunding into renewable energy enterprises in sub Saharan Africa and Asia Funded by UK aid Crowd Power will provide direct financial support to crowdfunding campaigns trialling a variety of approaches such as match funding guarantees insurance and or grants or gift funding It will also aim to produce in depth research and analysis of renewable energy crowdfunding campaigns in developing countries Following the identification of an Advisory Board GVEP will partner with 10 20 established crowdfunding platforms through which the direct financial support will be channelled to 50 100 innovative projects focusing on energy access in the two regions starting in the third quarter of 2015 Key stakeholders in crowdfunding and renewable energy in sub Saharan Africa and Asia including thought leaders market experts and crowdfunding platforms are encouraged to reach out to Davinia Cogan Crowd Power Programme Manager at info at gvepinternational org quoting CROWD POWER For

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  • How do energy micro-businesses grow? | GVEP International
    briefings Studies and reports Technology factsheets Training material Resources How do energy micro businesses grow Posted by Laura Nolan 15 May 2015 GVEP has released a new study that analyses the growth process of micro enterprises and in particular looks at the key features of growth and factors leading to such growth GVEP s latest research report presents the results of in depth interviews conducted with 17 micro businesses supported under the Developing Energy Enterprises Programme DEEP The findings suggest specific factors can be used to predict which businesses will grow and that careful screening of businesses selected for support boosts survival rates The study also shows that the sustainability of micro businesses is not fully captured by growth in sales and employment Many informal sector businesses are survival businesses which show limited growth but nonetheless provide a sustainable income for the owners The report points to ways of better supporting informal sector energy businesses whether of the high growth or survival type The interviews were conducted in Tanzania and in Kenya by an experienced Swedish academic Lennart Bangens Click here to download the report Share this page Interested in our work See our programmes in Africa Why energy access

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  • Forthcoming Boiling Point to be launched at SE4ALL Forum | GVEP International
    of HEDON s Boiling Point the practitioner s journal for people working with household energy and cookstoves published in partnership with ENERGIA will be launched at the Sustainable Energy for All SE4All Forum in New York on 17 21 May Co sponsored by GVEP Boiling Point 66 Women Energy and Economic Empowerment will focus on women s economic empowerment through energy access and feature new research toolkits and news related to gender equality women s empowerment and sustainable household energy The SE4All Forum is an exciting platform which brings together the global energy community The overarching theme of this year s Forum is Financing Sustainable Energy for All The Forum will include a range of solution oriented multi stakeholder sessions for SE4All partners from all over the world and from a variety of sectors GVEP will be joining ENERGIA and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves in a panel discussion on Developing and Investing in Gender Informed Business Models for Scaling up Energy Access and will moderate a discussion on the same day on Financing Energy Access In Conflict Settings organised jointly by Chatham House the SAFE Steering Committee and the Global Alliance For Clean Cookstoves If you would like

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  • Innovation prizes not a ‘silver bullet’ | GVEP International
    new ideas and products and in engaging the interest of people organisations and communities on an issue Even when technological innovations emerge as a result they may never become commercially viable products This is certainly true in the context of improving energy access In most cases the factors limiting access to cleaner and more efficient energy supply are not primarily of a technical engineering nature inventing more products will on its own make little difference If innovation prizes are going to make a difference they need to help tackle some of the issues which prevent technologies reaching market at the level of market formation financing and policy This paper examines some of the major problems relating to energy access and the potential application of innovation prizes to these problems It challenges the assumption that prizes are an easy way to solve energy access problems We believe prizes may have a role in a given context in stimulating markets public education solving specific technical challenges for instance However it takes a lot of work to design them well and they need to be tested and proved There are many issues prizes probably can t help with explains Simon Collings Head of Learning and Innovation at GVEP International and author of the paper Stimulating solutions to energy access through the use of innovation prizes Over the next four years prizes linked to increased liquefied petroleum gas access in Ghana will be run as a way of testing the usefulness of innovation prizes as a development tool The prizes will be used to solve specific challenges linked to government led reform of the LPG sector in Ghana This paper is part of a suite of four papers a guide and three thematic papers that capture the learning from the first year of the

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/innovation-prizes-not-%E2%80%98silver-bullet%E2%80%99 (2016-02-16)
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