Lots of Calls in this week’s Events Listing: our own, a sustainable energy research call from the UK, and the launch of the 2013 Ashden Awards. There are some events in here too, in London, New Delhi, San Francisco and Toronto.
Just in case you haven’t already heard (pay attention at the back please!): REEEP’s 9th Call for Project Proposals is now open with €4.1 million available for ‘tipping point’ proposals in five key thematic areas. They are: scaling up successful business models, supporting off-grid generation, harnessing the benefits of clean energy in both food production and in reliable water supply, and opening up energy data in emerging markets. Businesses, project developers, governments, regulators and development institutions are all encouraged to apply. To apply go to http://call4proposals.reeep.org/ to read more and download further info including details of the priority countries.
Last call (not one of the calls)
Last call for the first event: REFF London is next week. Finance and investment types will be gathering on 12-13 Sept in London, UK to discuss the facts about financing renewables.
Oh, just one more then (still not a call)
Is the financing situation easier across the pond? I guess the simple answer is no, but here you can read one of the founding members of Renewable Social Benefit Funds (RSB Funds)’s views on how innovation in financing mechanisms can restart stalled Solar PV projects. Find out more about what new thinking is going on at the 5th Renewable Energy Finance Forum – West taking place on September 27 & 28 in San Francisco, USA.
The scale of the energy access challenge
74% of Indian villages were electrified as of 2005, but only 55% of rural households had access to electricity and the remaining 45% of the households were depending on kerosene lamps for lighting. Also in 2005, about 84% of rural households still depended on biomass for their cooking energy needs. This is the equivalent of about 364 million people relying on kerosene for lighting and about 726 million relying on biomass for cooking out of a total rural population of about 809 million in 2005 (figures from here, based on NSSO, 2007).
Thus, a major challenge for India is to bridge this access gap in modern energy services both for cooking and for lighting. The Government of India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is organising an International Seminar on Energy Access, 9-10 Oct, New Delhi, India, envisaged as an international platform for Government, private sector, and non-governmental leaders to jointly address the goal of achieving sustainable energy access.
Back to school… efficiently
My nephew started his new school today. He looked very smart in his uniform. But you won’t have to wear a uniform to receive intensive instruction on RETScreen’s Energy Efficiency Project Model from the development team who produced it: RETScreen 201 – Energy Efficiency Project Analysis, is on 16-18 Oct, at the York University – Faculty of Environmental Studies in Toronto, Canada.
Sustainable Energy Awards
Are you at the top of your game in sustainable energy, increasing access to energy, saving energy or generating renewable forms of energy supply? Are you encouraging more sustainable forms of living or low-carbon travel? If so, you might want to apply for an Ashden Award. They have cash prizes as well as support to expand your work even further, substantial media coverage and access to new networks. Prizes start at £5,000, with Gold Award winners to receive between £20,000 and £40,000.
For the UK and International Awards they want to hear from sustainable energy pioneers making progress in transforming peoples’ lives through sustainable energy, saving energy, generating renewable energy or promoting behaviour change. More info at: http://www.ashden.org/apply; it would be great if one of our readers won one!
About those calls, then…
Up to £12.5 million will be available under the Understanding Sustainable Energy Solutions in Developing Countries research call, from the UK Research Councils’ Energy programme, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
They are initially asking for expressions of interest from organisations who wish to bid under the call. Successful organisations will be invited to take part in a short development workshop in Nairobi, to refine the priority research challenges around energy in the context of international development and help facilitate collaborative bids.
The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 28th September 2012 and the organisers are particularly keen that researchers from developing countries submit expressions of interest, including those from recognised research institutions, or other not-for-profit or private sector organisations with a credible and relevant research capacity.
More details and application form can be found at:
Call for innovative financial products & services in Asia-Pacific
The Climate Finance Innovation Facility (CFIF) has announced its 3rd Call for Proposals, inviting applications from financial institutions based in developing countries of the Asia-Pacific region who are seeking support in setting up innovative financial products, programmes or services for the low carbon energy sectors such as renewable energy and energy efficiency. The aim of the facility is to catalyze new investment into these sectors by helping first movers in the finance community to develop new products that have replication potential across markets and geographies.
The selection procedure consists of a two-step application process. In the first step, applicants are requested to submit a concept note using the application form that can be downloaded from http://climate-finance.org
Deadline for first stage applications is 30 September 2012.
It’s my birthday tomorrow (I’ll be 42, before you ask) but I’ll try to stop celebrating in time to bring you more events news in two weeks time 😉