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On 17 June 2009, Kazakhstan’s Parliament passed the final amendments to a Law on the Use of Renewable Energy Sources, which establishes a full regulatory framework for renewables in that country: the result of a REEEP-funded project implemented by UNDP.
One single transaction worth nearly 15 million Euros has successfully bundled 25,000 farming households across the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan together in a deal to finance the purchase of energy-efficient drip irrigation systems, with a loan averaging about 594 Euros per household.
IDEAAS used REEEP funding to develop the Center for Learning on Renewable Energy and Decentralized Generation, which provides a basis for the two projects that have won the Itaú Bank 'Ecomudança Award' (Eco Change Award) and 'Fundo Itaú de Excelência Social' (Itaú Fund for Social Excellence 2008). Itaú Bank is the largest Brazilian Private Bank, and interested in projects on renewable energy and CO² Emissions Saving.
Small amounts of REEEP funding can transform the lives of the poor. This is the message in seven encouraging case studies from SELCO India, a REEEP partner that has used funding to remove financial barriers and test finance and product innovation at the grassroots level. In the process, it has refuted many general assumptions about the affordability of renewable energy services targeted at the poor.
A literature review on Integrated Rural Energy Utilities (IREUs) published by Restio Energy Ltd as part of a REEEP-funded project suggests an IREU would make sense in each of the countries reviewed and that there is a strong interest from various parties in Uganda to continue with development.
The clean energy portal www.reegle.info has been awarded Outstanding Achievement in Web Development by the WebAwards 2011, held by the Web Marketing Association (WMA).
The dramatic hill town of Enna, Sicily was the setting for the concluding Workshop event for the ECATS (energy efficiency cap and trade) project. The REEEP-funded initiative, led by Professor Giovanni Tesoriere and his team at the Università Kore di Enna, developed a proposed institutional framework for a cap and trade system, particularly focussing on the energy situation in Tunisia.
Sustainable Energy Regulation Network (SERN) is a REEEP-funded strategic initiative that produces extensive, in-depth studies on how policy and regulatory mechanisms promote and accelerate the development of sustainable energy. SERN is co-ordinated by researchers at University College London - Energy Institute in the UK.
Against the background of the slow progress at COP15, two panel discussions organised by ClimateOne and REEEP highlighted the importance of sub-national states, provinces, cities and private business in meeting the climate change challenge.
In January 2010, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) of India announced renewable energy certificate (REC) norms in an attempt to encourage investments in the renewable energy sector. A REEEP-funded project together with IREDA is currently working to outline the specifics of the implementation.
A new multilingual energy Performance Analysis Module has been made available as part of the RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis Software to help the user monitor, analyse, and report key energy performance data to facility operators, managers and senior decision-makers.
The founder of Himin Solar, Huang Ming has been named one of the four winners of the 2011 Right Livelihood Awards, known informally as the alternative Nobel prize. According to the Swedish-based foundation that gives the award, he was honored for “his outstanding success in the development and mass-deployment of cutting-edge technologies for harnessing solar energy, thereby showing how dynamic emerging economies can contribute to resolving the global crisis of anthropogenic climate change.”
In a prime example of south-south tech transfer, three interrelated REEEP-funded projects have succeeding in transferring a Brazilian model for helping subsistence farmers out of poverty to Mozambique.
Based on several sources, on 14 July 2011, pv magazine reported that the government of Brazil intends to pass legislation permitting grid connections for solar installations by the end of 2011.
The clean energy information portal reegle, which has just reached the milestone of 100,000 users per month, has also managed to wow a gathering of 150 scientists and IT engineers dealing with environmentally-related software systems.
REEEP recently financed a project that enabled the expansion of PFAN (Private Financing Advisory Network), a coaching and investor matchmaking service to Mozambique and Uganda. The project quickly bore fruit: four of the finalists at the 2010 Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFRICEF) came from one of these two countries. And in the end, the two winners of the CTI PFAN Clean Energy Financing Award 2010 were a mini-hydro project in Uganda that had benefited from REEEP-funded PFAN coaching, and a micro-solar distribution project by Barefoot Power Pty. Ltd.
A demonstration home showing the latest in renewable energy and energy efficient solutions is being officially opened this week by IDEAAS, a Brazilian NGO and longtime REEEP partner who seeks to spread renewable energy solutions and encourage social entrepreneurship.
With more than 90,000 users pers month, www.reegle.info is quickly establishing itself as a definitive reference source for reliable information on clean energy. Florian Bauer, REEEP’s Operations and IT Director has some specific ideas on how to keep the reegle platform at the cutting edge of clean energy, and these ideas cluster around a concept called Open Data. The term refers to a movement where institutions are making their existing data available via the web in a standardized, machine-readable format and - just as importantly – are opening it for cost-free re-use by third parties.
During the Cancun conference, Fiji’s acting Environment permanent secretary Saverio Baleikanacea was quoted in the Fiji Times as saying that “the proposed Fijian Hotel Clean Development Program will be a world first for the tourism sector." This REEEP-funded project with the Greenlight Technology Group aims to create an alliance of stakeholders in Fiji’s hotels and resorts sector to widen the uptake of renewable energy. The sector is estimated to account for a quarter of that nation's economy.
Africa is poised to become biggest market for solar portable lights by 2015. This is just one of the key findings of the report entitled Solar Lighting for the Base of the Pyramid – Overview of an Emerging Market that the Lighting Africa program has just released.