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  • REEEP's Covid-19 Response
    by Erin Stewart on May 28, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    The Covid-19 pandemic has had, and will continue to have, a tremendous impact on operations worldwide. Although business is anything but normal in these turbulent times, at REEEP we have been working at full capacity from home since March 15th. Our primary goal during this time is to safeguard the health and safety of our staff, partners and beneficiaries, while ensuring that all of our projects receive our full attention and support. Taking into account the differing circumstances of each initiative, we have developed program-specific special measures to respond to the pandemic. […]

  • PFAN Annual Progress Report
    by Erin Stewart on May 28, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Since 2006, PFAN has been bridging the gap between promising entrepreneurs who may have difficulty finding access to funding and international investors who have difficulty finding good opportunities in low- and middle-income countries. […]

  • ‘Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa’ expands to Uganda
    by Erin Stewart on May 6, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    The Embassy of Sweden, Kampala, Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) are pleased to announce the expansion of the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) initiative into Uganda. The aim is to stimulate the scale up of sustainable business models, which incentivise the private sector to offer affordable and clean off-grid energy access at scale in Uganda. […]

  • Sweden Announces Go-Ahead for Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa in Four Countries
    by Erin Stewart on April 28, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    Stockholm, 28 April 2020. At the first Steering Committee meeting of the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA), Sweden today gave the green light to expand the programme into Burkina Faso, Liberia and Mozambique and open a second financing round in Zambia. Following this decision, BGFA will launch a Call for Proposals this autumn inviting interested off-grid energy service providers to compete for a number of funding windows. The aim is to stimulate new sustainable business models which incentivise and accelerate the private sector to offer affordable and clean off-grid energy access at scale. […]

  • REEEP partners with FORESIGHT Climate & Energy, a leading Danish energy transition publication
    by Erin Stewart on February 25, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    To keep the rise in temperatures below the 1.5°C threshold, carbon dioxide emissions globally would have to be cut by 45% by 2030 and be down to net-zero by 2050, concluded the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2018. But the world is way off target. […]

  • Beyond the Numbers – the Impact of Beyond the Grid for Zambia
    by Erin Stewart on February 18, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    Zambia is home to a highly dispersed population, with more than 60% of people living under the poverty line, and some 70% of whom have no access to modern energy. Neither the national utility nor energy service providers had been able to effectively deliver energy to rural and peri-urban areas, hindered largely by a lack of capacity and investment, including into the range of new technologies and solutions around distributed, off-grid energy services powered by renewable energy. […]

  • REEEP partners with Advocates for International Development (A4ID)
    by Erin Stewart on January 24, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    REEEP is pleased to announce our new partnership with Advocates for International Development (A4ID), a global charity which works with the legal and development sectors to combat poverty and drive progress towards realising the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  […]

  • Shedding light on development in Zambia
    by Erin Stewart on January 22, 2020 at 9:55 am

    “There is goodness here now.” Godfrey Miti, a resident of Ngwerere, on the outskirts of Zambia’s capital Lusaka, is optimistic about the future. He is standing under a lamp outside his mother’s house, and while for many a single lightbulb doesn’t mean much, in Ngwerere it represents progress, or “goodness”, as Godfrey calls it. […]

  • Trial, error, innovation and impact – a story of context-driven, clean energy solutions for Zambia
    by Erin Stewart on January 15, 2020 at 9:44 am

    With a mission to end the use of charcoal for cooking, an innovative approach from Emerging Cooking Solutions (ECS) hoped to diminish the number of air pollution-related deaths and to put a stop to the rapid deforestation taking place across Africa. The plan was to start in Zambia – a challenging country to work in due to the large and broadly dispersed rural and peri-urban population. […]

  • Martin Hiller steps down as REEEP Director General
    by Maria van Veldhuizen on September 30, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    After 8 years at the helm of REEEP, Martin Hiller has decided to step down as Director General at REEEP in order to start an independent consultancy business jointly with his wife and other partners. […]

  • Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia Wins UN Global Climate Action Award
    by Maria van Veldhuizen on September 26, 2019 at 9:54 am

    The Momentum for Change Initiative of the UNFCCC today announced that the Swedish-funded Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia is among 15 winners of this year’s UN Global Climate Action Awards, which recognise highly innovative, scalable and replicable initiatives tackling climate change. […]

  • Documentary: Climate Change, Clean Energy and Urban Water in Africa
    by Maria van Veldhuizen on August 9, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    This short documentary presents the goals and impacts of the EU-funded Climate Change, Clean Energy and Urban Water in Africa Project. […]

  • Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia Wins Ashden Award for Innovative Finance
    by Maria van Veldhuizen on June 26, 2019 at 8:47 am

    The Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia, a Sweden-funded programme that has brought clean, off-grid energy to over 600,000 people, has won the 2019 Ashden Award in the category of “Innovative Finance”. […]

  • Climate Change, Clean Energy and Urban Water in Africa: Delegations visit wastewater treatment site in Port Elizabeth to see project results
    by Maria van Veldhuizen on June 20, 2019 at 8:46 am

    In the presence of delegates from the European Union and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality today inaugurated a new, state-of-the-art energy management system at Fishwater Flats Waste Water Treatment Works. The system was installed with the assistance of the Climate Change, Clean Energy and Urban Water in Africa programme, funded by the European Commission, implemented by UNIDO and executed by REEEP. […]

  • Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia Shortlisted for Ashden Award
    by Maria van Veldhuizen on May 8, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    We are very excited to announce that the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia has been selected as a finalist for this year's Ashden Awards, which identify and promote organisations and businesses implementing excellent practical and innovative sustainable energy projects. The Sweden-funded programme, which has helped over 100,000 Zambian households gain access to affordable off-grid energy, has been shortlisted in the category Financial or Business Model Innovation. The winners will be announced at the end of June. […]

  • Press Release: 100,000 Zambian households gain clean energy access through Beyond the Grid Fund
    by Maria van Veldhuizen on April 10, 2019 at 7:25 am

    “Bringing modern energy to sparsely populated rural areas is a great challenge. Partnerships like this one have helped to make overcoming this challenge possible.” This was the response of Mr Stephen Mwansa, Permanent Secretary (Administration), Office of the Vice President, Republic of Zambia to the news that 100,000 Zambian households had gained access to clean energy through the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia.  […]

  • Sweden announces a major expansion of the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia
    by Maria van Veldhuizen on February 22, 2019 at 11:50 am

    The Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) have today signed an agreement to cooperate on expanding off-grid electricity solutions in sub-Saharan African countries. The purpose of this new and major expansion, the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) is to incentivise the private sector to provide affordable and clean, high-quality off-grid energy services to people living in rural and peri-urban areas in Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mozambique and Zambia. The programme, implemented together with the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. […]

  • How innovative payment systems are helping Zambians electrify their lives
    by Maria van Veldhuizen on February 4, 2019 at 8:16 am

    For just a few Kwacha a day, subsistence farmers in rural Zambia can pay off solar lighting and phone charging systems supplied by VITALITE Zambia and Fenix International – two of four companies providing clean and reliable off-grid energy solutions through the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia, supported by the Swedish Government.    […]

  • Maher Chebbo Named Chair of the REEEP Governing Board
    by Maria van Veldhuizen on June 6, 2018 at 11:10 am

    We are pleased to announce that Maher Chebbo, Chief Innovation Officer for Global Digital Energy Solutions at GE Power, has accepted the position of Chair of the REEEP Governing Board. […]

  • Entrepreneurs Pitch Climate & Clean Energy Projects to Investors at PFAN Forum in Vienna
    by Maria van Veldhuizen on May 16, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Eight clean energy entrepreneurs from West Africa and Asia had the opportunity to pitch their projects directly to investors today at the Private Financing Advisory Network’s (PFAN) second global Climate & Clean Energy Investment Forum. […]

  • REEEP and UNIDO Agree to Strengthen Cooperation
    by Maria van Veldhuizen on April 4, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) have reaffirmed their commitment to cooperating for the promotion of sustainable energy solutions and sound environmental practices in developing countries and emerging economies, as a way to further inclusive and sustainable development. […]

  • PFAN Launches Open-Ended Call for Proposals in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia
    by Maria van Veldhuizen on March 5, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    PFAN has launched a call for proposals for climate and clean energy projects and businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Selected projects will receive no-cost coaching by professional consultants and, once they are investment-ready, benefit from PFAN’s Investment Facilitation services. Entrepreneurs looking to initiate or scale-up clean energy or other climate change-related projects and seeking an investment of up to $50 million are invited to apply. This is an open-ended call for proposals without a deadline. […]

  • PFAN Investment Forum in Singapore Puts Climate and Clean Energy Projects in Asia in the Spotlight
    by Maria van Veldhuizen on February 16, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Ten climate and clean energy entrepreneurs pitched for a total of over USD 31 million of investment to an audience of close to 90 investors at the 8th annual Asia Forum for Climate and Clean Energy Financing, organised in Singapore by the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) on February 2nd. PFAN selected these ten projects from a total of 74 proposals, received from 12 countries in Asia. […]

  • PFAN Launches Open-Ended Call for Proposals in Sub-Saharan Africa
    by Maria van Veldhuizen on December 21, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    PFAN has launched an open-ended call for proposals for the Project Development and Financing Initiative for Climate & Clean Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa. Entrepreneurs looking to initiate or scale-up clean energy or other climate change-related projects and seeking an investment of up to $50 million are invited to apply here. […]

  • Mini-grids can quickly achieve universal access in India, cut emissions: report
    by John Tkacik on December 13, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Renewable energy mini-grids have huge potential to contribute to the Indian government’s 24x7 Power for All agenda by rapidly expanding reliable electrification in thousands of suitable villages, as well as mitigating significant greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new publication, “Scale and Sustainability: Toward a Public-Private Paradigm in Powering India”. This report was published by REEEP with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation. […]

  • PFAN, ECREEE and CTCN Launch Call for Proposals for Women-led Sustainable Energy Enterprises in West Africa
    by Maria van Veldhuizen on September 19, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    ECREEE, CTCN and PFAN have launched a call for proposals for women-led sustainable energy enterprises in West-Africa, as part of the CTCN/ECOWAS Project on Mainstreaming Gender for a Climate-Resilient Energy System in West Africa. Women-led businesses employing clean energy solutions to facilitate women's economic empowerment in the ECOWAS countries and seeking investments of up to USD 50 million are invited to apply here by the 27th of November, 2017. […]

  • Press Release: Sweden's Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia Signs First Contracts with Energy Service Providers. The Goal: Modern Energy for One Million Zambians
    by Maria van Veldhuizen on July 10, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Sweden’s Ambassador to Zambia Henrik Cederin signed four contracts last Friday with companies offering a variety of rural energy solutions, marking the start of operations of the Power Africa: Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia (BGFZ). The USD25m Fund, which is financed by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and managed by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), aims to bring modern energy to one million Zambians, and build a solid foundation for continuing growth of the market such that it can serve all Zambians. […]

  • Press Release: Local Project Launch of ‘Climate Change, Clean Energy and Urban Water’ Project
    by Maria van Veldhuizen on July 2, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    The project “Climate Change, Clean Energy and Urban Water” has entered its implementation phase, as was announced during an event at the Department of Environmental Affairs in Pretoria, South Africa last Friday. The 2.5-year project is funded by the EU, with UNIDO as Implementation Partner and REEEP as Execution Partner. The initiative promotes the market-based deployment of energy efficiency measures and clean energy technologies and services in municipal waterworks, commencing with pilot demonstration projects in South Africa. […]

  • PFAN Call for Proposals: Project Development and Financing Initiative for Climate & Clean Energy in Asia
    by Maria van Veldhuizen on June 2, 2017 at 9:06 am

    The Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) is now accepting proposals for the Project Development and Financing Initiative for Climate & Clean Energy in Asia.  […]

  • Private Financing Advisory Network Relaunched under REEEP and UNIDO Hosting
    by Maria van Veldhuizen on May 10, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    On the 10th of May, 2017, the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) was officially relaunched under its new hosting arrangement with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in cooperation with REEEP in Vienna, Austria. Under this arrangement, PFAN’s activities will be scaled up by a factor of two to five by the year 2020. […]