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  • Challenges that energy businesses face in emerging economies: a survey | GVEP International
    Challenges that energy businesses face in emerging economies a survey Posted by Laura Nolan 14 Nov 2014 GVEP and Invested Development in collaboration with Power Africa and the UN SE4All Energy Access Practitioner Network developed and launched a survey assessing the challenges that renewable energy enterprises experience in emerging economies Of 131 respondents 90 operate primarily in Africa and over 50 operate in East Africa Over 80 of responding companies employ less than 25 individuals and 75 generate up to 500 000 USD in revenue Key points derived from the survey are as follows Companies require capital for a variety of reasons particularly including piloting inventory purchase and asset purchase The most significant financial challenge that companies face is access to working capital Key issues that companies face when raising capital include a limited track record limited cash flow and lacking access to international creditors and investors Key ways in which companies believe that something could be done to alleviate financial challenges are summarised in this infographic Survey results demonstrate the key needs and challenges of actors within the sector and reinforce the case for the work that the GVEP International is conducting Share this page Interested in our work

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  • Energy efficient sugarcane bio-electricity plant to reduce Belize’s dependence on imported electricity | GVEP International
    203 GWh per year of dispatchable electricity 88 of the electricity currently being supplied from Mexico and 30 8 million gallons of ethanol per year a percentage of which will be used for sale in the export market whilst the electricity would be sold to the national grid for a much lower and more stable price than the customers currently pay To ensure they have enough sugarcane to use as a raw material to fuel the plant GSR is working with the Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute SIRDI and sugarcane seedling developers who have agreed to provide seedlings to local farmers GSR will then buy the sugarcane grown by these farmers for use in their bio refinery creating job opportunities in the area Local farmers own sufficient land and will utilize the best sugarcane management practices to maintain and manage the demand with a 5 year ratoon replanting cycle so as not to impoverish the land Farmers within the Mennonite community in Belize have set up a co op and expressed intent in participating in the project by planting and selling the sugarcane to GSR Their proposal is to partner with GSR and to plant 40 000 acres of sugarcane for the project In addition GSR has partnered with a Brazilian Engineering Firm Uni Systems do Brazil for the design Engineering Procurement and Construction EPC and operations of the Bio Refinery Since winning the IDEAS2 Energy Innovation Contest GSR has used the grant funds to carry out 12 pre construction optimization studies for both the bio refinery and the supply chain They include identification of the best site for connection to the Central American Grid expected electricity demand the best options and conditions for selling the ethanol as well as the supply chain management and logistics issues involved in

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/energy-efficient-sugarcane-bio-electricity-plant-reduce-belize%E2%80%99s-dependence-imported-e (2016-02-16)
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  • A solar company crowdfunds to launch activities in Tanzania | GVEP International
    energy access but also created a pathway for entrepreneurs to run their own energy businesses Entrepreneurs will buy energy time for the Solaris model on a pay as you go basis and will then use it to generate income by charging other electronic devices at a fee for customers The Solaris houses 9 charging ports and is capable of charging a variety of income generating devices such as lamps LEDS hairdressing tools and even a sewing machine Work is in progress to supply a twelve port model to entrepreneurs whose businesses are facing increased customer demand after a year of activity Before launching the crowdfunding campaign Thibault Lesueur Co founder of Eternum Energy carried out a pre pilot study in the Misungwi district to assess both the needs and expectations of prospective end users and retailers Surveys were conducted on expectations of a good service and good products as well as perception of the branding and packaging Discussions were held with future Solaris mentors as to what the best and most efficient way to interact with the entrepreneurs would be The Solaris allows specific regional data to be relayed back to the team It can feed back information on exactly how the units have been used what devices have been charged how long they have been charged for how well the solar panel performs against regional benchmarks alluding to its placement or cleanliness All this data allows Eternum to monitor the impact their device is having the in region and improve the service being offered We saw a gap in the market there are solar products available which can in turn create business opportunities however we have explicitly linked the two to ensure that entrepreneurs will have tailored support and guidance when using the Solaris model to generate income explains

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/solar-company-crowdfunds-launch-activities-tanzania (2016-02-16)
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  • Hybrid mini-grid project to power rural island in Tanzania | GVEP International
    private business developer of the project business model Terra Projects a German energy consulting firm and St Augustine University of Tanzania with GVEP working as the lead agency The model has been tested in Senegal first system commissioned in 2010 where it is currently being scaled to reach over 50 further villages This project will help demonstrate the social and economic viability of the business model under Tanzanian conditions It will also catalyse commercial capital to finance and the subsequent up scaling phase into 15 additional villages totaling 80 000 people for which a feasibility study and preliminary business plan have been prepared The lack of access to electricity is a problem for over 586 million people in Africa For 97 of rural Tanzanians it not only causes negative consequences for human health but also for economic development equitable growth and the resilience of poor vulnerable communities It is estimated that less than 15 of the country has access to electricity and can even be as low as 2 in rural areas such as Ukara Island where the project is being implemented The island will be powered by a hybrid solar Diesel mini grid electrification system based on an innovative Micro Power Economy business model It incorporates a combination of community oriented governance arrangements modular capacity planning smart meters for demand management and system stability and flexible tariff structures As well as addressing basic energy needs the project will promote local economic development by undertaking enterprise development activities to help local entrepreneurs use the newly available power for productive uses These include improving project economics demand profile social justification and economic impact Additionally it is expected that the project will contribute to a reduction of up to 106 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year by replacing the use of

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/hybrid-mini-grid-project-power-rural-island-tanzania (2016-02-16)
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  • Sanivation crowdfund to turn human waste into power in Kenya | GVEP International
    have a clean functional toilet installed with twice weekly waste collections and access to a telephone helpline It was when working with an entrepreneurs group in Naivasha that one of the members inquired about transforming human waste into briquettes for cooking Although somewhat offsetting at first the idea was tested the team found that the briquettes actually burned longer than other biomass types on the market and released far less smoke To trial this concept in more depth the team launched a three month pilot project in the Kakuma refugee camp in north west Kenya which serves over 170 000 men women and children 32 toilets were installed for an area of the camp housing 300 people From this the team were able to make 2 tonnes of briquettes using manual methods The briquettes Sanivation produces are two thirds charcoal dust and one third human waste The company uses solar energy to treat and transform the waste killing all pathogens and rendering it safe for reuse This process also removes the smell and creates a briquette which is environmentally friendly and cheaper than others on the market The team is passionate about their concept We are extremely excited about the possibility of increasing our reach and the number of people subscribing to our monthly toilet plan We believe that these briquettes are an economically and environmentally feasible alternative to other more traditional models in the market said Benjamin Kramer Roach Director of Energy Production at Sanivation By reaching their crowdfunding target of 15 000 the team will be able to buy a briquetting machine capable of producing one tonne of briquettes an hour enough to meet the daily needs of 5 000 people Furthermore producing this unique type of briquettes will help reduce deforestation The team have calculated that for

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/sanivation-crowdfund-turn-human-waste-power-kenya (2016-02-16)
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  • Recycling waste oil to fuel generator in Suriname | GVEP International
    the company will be able to substitute up to 50 of the fuel used in its process boilers reducing overall production costs N V VSH FOODS Suriname has designed and installed a biodiesel conversion plant at its headquarters in Paramaribo it is here that the waste oil is converted into biodiesel and used in the on site plant boiler They have hired a new member of staff to assist in the running of the plant as well as a contractor to collect the waste oil and transport it to the plant Most of the waste oil is collected from commercial sources restaurants and hotels however the company would like to incorporate householders into the project At present in the urban community of Stibula a collection point has been placed in the community center for residents to leave their waste oil for collection N V VSH FOODS plan to create separate collection points across the city so as to maximise the amount they can retrieve and convert into biodiesel The community of Stibula will serve as a pilot for this residential collection programme and it is hoped that more communities will be encouraged to do the same after seeing this model put into practice GVEP have been working with N V VSH FOODS Suriname as part of the IDEAS2 innovation contest in a mentoring and support capacity Since the grant was awarded GVEP introduced a consultant to the N V VSH FOODS team with significant specialised experience and expertise in this area Following the consultant s visit a number of changes were made to the production process and due to these changes both product conversion and quality was improved N V VSH FOODS serves as a good model of how companies can reduce their carbon footprint and operate in a more

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/recycling-waste-oil-fuel-generator-suriname (2016-02-16)
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  • Versatile SOLARKIOSKS providing much needed energy services for off grid communities | GVEP International
    of 2014 The adjustable and adaptable solar powered design houses charge devices for a variety of electronics including mobile phones and laptops and is fitted with fridges to sell drinks and food They provide printing services and sell essential food products such as flour sugar and oil In addition to energy services and food staples kiosks sell a wide range of solar products as well as energy efficient cook stoves and other sustainable goods The concept of these kiosks is to encompass multiple services so as to be as beneficial as possible for those living in remote rural areas with little or no access to modern energy services as well as semi urban settings To further increase the versatility of their service SOLARKIOSK has provided internet access in some of the kiosks The units also have the capacity to empower further businesses such as beauty salons hairdressers movie and sports viewing halls and repair shops to maximise productive use of energy SOLARKIOSK combines a state of the art design with a 2KWp system with solar panels on the roof and enough battery capacity for 24 7 operation Only the shell of the kiosk is manufactured in Germany whereas it is assembled in Kenya with the aim to manufacture locally in 2015 The GVEP Advisory Services team has to date supported SOLARKIOSK to fine tune and optimise their business model through a thorough operational analysis of a number of different kiosks in Kenya and there are plans to continue supporting SOLARKIOSK in a number of different ways going forward Since GVEP s Advisory Team began working with SOLARKIOSK they have opened further kiosks in Kenya and created five new jobs This includes the recruitment of female entrepreneurs an important aspect for the company as they have a number of female senior

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/versatile-solarkiosks-providing-much-needed-energy-services-grid-communities (2016-02-16)
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  • GVEP create dual finance training for banks and entrepreneurs | GVEP International
    this through the development of a unique series of trainings to both financial institutions and energy businesses During the last year GVEP s Capital Access team have been recruiting entrepreneurs and approaching banks and financial institutions to participate and benefit from the sessions The goal is to equip both sides with a better understating of the roles and responsibilities they will have when entering into a partnership When prospective borrowers and lenders talk the borrower the entrepreneur often doesn t know what s expected of him and the lender the financial institution doesn t understand renewable energy resulting in limited borrowing opportunities for entrepreneurs explains Loriane Rwema GVEP s Financial Linkage Officer in Rwanda As an enhancement and facilitator to this activity GVEP is operating a loan guarantee facility dedicated to facilitating renewable energy lending in East Africa targeting support for loans by both local and international SMEs including project developers We link entrepreneurs with local finance institutions as well as training staff about renewable energy and entrepreneurs on how to approach banks In some cases we offer loan guarantees to get the ball rolling GVEP will act as a guarantor for the entrepreneur if they cannot pay for whatever reason GVEP will provide the required funds Explains Wakar Kalhoro GVEP s Capital Access Manager GVEP s approach is to support lenders throughout the process by helping them understand both market opportunities and those risks that are distinctive to individual borrowers GVEP also supports the borrowers in the form of technical assistance which in turn builds confidence in the lenders This support helps ensure that the capital is used as expected a commonly perceived risk that the entrepreneur s plan to use and return capital is believed viable by the lender and the businesses have effective financial controls The GVEP

    Original URL path: http://www.ashdenawards.organdwww.gvepinternational.org/en/business/news/gvep-create-dual-finance-training-banks-and-entrepreneurs (2016-02-16)
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