GVEP participates in the national Alliance’s strategic meeting to strengthen Ugandan cookstove market

Key stakeholders of the Uganda National Alliance for Clean Cooking (UNACC) met for a two day retreat to consolidate objectives and execute plans to increase distribution channels and improve the country’s development of the cookstove market.

Representatives from the clean cookstoves, fuels and the wider renewable energy sectors, forming part of the National Alliance’s National Executive Committee (NEC), met on 20-21 February in Uganda to approve the first year’s operational action plan. The two day event is the first of its kind since the UNACC has affirmed its role as national co-ordinator of the clean cookstove sector in Uganda. Continue reading “GVEP participates in the national Alliance’s strategic meeting to strengthen Ugandan cookstove market”

Importance of Data Collection

As some of you know, REN21 specialises in collecting data on the current state of renewables. We do this as you can’t make good decisions without knowing the “who”, “what “and “how” of the current situation. Reliable information helps investors, decision makers and project developers define possible opportunities for renewable energy uptake. Sound data informs policy design and adaption efforts and allows decision makers to assess progress towards (or regression from) energy access objectives. Businesses and developers need to know the potential of a country or region before any money will flow: thus good information is crucial to stimulating economic development.

This year, in addition to its annual Renewables Global Status Report, REN21 is working with the ECREEE to prepare a regional status report on renewable energy and energy efficiency in the ECOWAS region. Continue reading “Importance of Data Collection”

Women Kenya making headway in male-run areas cookstove market

 A gender based training event run by GVEP  has been equipping women with knowledge and skills as well as boosting their confidence to tackle the predominantly male-run activities of stove cladding and assembling.

Janet Adeyo, a business woman and a mother of four from Nyahera, a small village on the shores of Lake Victoria, Kenya, is a role model to many women in the region. Janet has become well known in Kisumu for producing high quality improved cookstoves. She has recently attracted the attention of Kenya’s national television station and was invited to share her story on a talk show. This in turn has contributed to her local fame and constituted a launching pad for her business beyond her region. Continue reading “Women Kenya making headway in male-run areas cookstove market”

SunCulture technology gives hope to farmers in Kenya

A Kenya based company that distributes solar irrigation kits to local farmers could transform agriculture through solar powered irrigation – a cost-effective solution to low rainfall and spiking energy prices. GVEP is working with SunCulture to provide strategic advice on expansion into new markets.

SunCulture’s AgroSolar Irrigation Kit is a solar powered drip-irrigation system, designed to benefit those who live in arid and semi-arid areas. The SunCulture AgroSolar Irrigation Kit combines cost-effective solar pumping technology with a high-efficiency drip irrigation system which makes it cheaper and easier for farmers to grow fresh fruits and vegetables. The pump allows farmers to pull water from a variety of water sources, including groundwater and lakes, using solar power. Water is then pumped into a raised storage tank during the day, enabling irrigation to take place during the evening. SunCulture’s solar-powered drip irrigation systems deliver water directly to crop roots, resulting in yield gains of up to 300% and water savings of up to 80%. Continue reading “SunCulture technology gives hope to farmers in Kenya”

New call for proposals to set up the East Africa Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

We have just been informed about a new call for proposals to set up the East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE). The East African Community (EAC), comprised of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda is establishing this new regional center. This is an initiative by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) modeled on the successful example of ECREEE in West Africa.

The concept note, based on the extensive experience by the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy (ECREEE) endeavors to establish  network of RE and EE promotion agencies across Sub-Saharan Africa to contribute to the ambitious targets of the SE4ALL (Sustainable Energy for All) initiative to be reached by 2030. Continue reading “New call for proposals to set up the East Africa Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency”

Ghana proudly presents its Open Data portal

Another African country goes open data! After Kenya the next African state is set to open up! Ghana has opened its open government data portal for journalists, students and the civilians to access public data. Data includes 80 government datasets for a start, covering information on previous population census and elections, health, education, agricultural, budget and procurement systems.

“The vision is to develop an open data community bringing together government, civil society organizations, media practitioners, developers, academia and citizenry to interact with one another through an open data portal,”  said Edwin Opare,  an official at the Ghana Open Data Initiative (GODI). Continue reading “Ghana proudly presents its Open Data portal”

Getting mini-hydro in Tanzania on track

A key challenge facing developers of small hydro projects in Tanzania is the lack of access to finance. To help counter this, GVEP is implementing a Pre-Investment Technical Support programme in collaboration with the World Bank and Tanzania’s Rural Energy Agency (REA).

The aim of this programme is to build the capacity of project developers by assisting them to complete feasibility studies, business plans and Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs), all of which can be costly and time-consuming. GVEP’s support will enable the developers to access subsidies available through the Tanzania REA and secure loans from local banks.lightbulb.gif Continue reading “Getting mini-hydro in Tanzania on track”