REEEP has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), an entity managed and operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC for the US Department of Energy. The MoU commits the two organisations to collaborating closely in the field of linked open energy data.
A recent REEEP project looked into building a business case for rural integrated energy service utilities (IEU) in several African countries. The basic idea was to look at how a rural utility there could supply on-grid, off-grid and thermal energy needs in rural communities in a way that could present a viable business model. The project budget was €114,850.
China’s existing buildings have an area in excess of 43 billion square metres. Most of them have poor insulation properties and less efficient heating/air conditioning systems than is the case with buildings in developed countries.
On October 21, 2009 the Congress’ Alternative Energy Sources Commission convened a hearing at which it approved a reform to Brazil’s current renewable energy legislation.
A single loan for approximately €1.4 million will support the development of jatropha nursery plantations, to raise seedlings for distribution to over 26,000 farmers in six states in India. This transaction, developed by YES Bank Ltd (YBL) is the second one to close under a finance bundling project that is executed in partnership by YBL and Environment Energy and Enterprise Ventures (e3V), with some financial support from REEEP.
Vulnerable groups and communities of poor end-users in Brazil, the groups who are most drastically affected by energy policy, should be much more actively involved in decision-making during its development, according to the Brazilian Electricity Governance Initiative (EGI) team.
South Africa is a powerhouse of the African continent, but its growth in demand for energy is outstripping supply. This makes it one of the first in the world to look seriously at the widescale adoption of a renewable energy technology, solar water heating (SWH), as a mechanism for coping with a mismatch between energy supply and demand.
Thanks to a REEEP project, cash-poor Pacific island villagers who often have no access to banking systems are able to trade cassava, dalo, bananas and other crops as payments for an LED solar lighting system to replace kerosene lanterns. This also leads to a considerable savings in fuel costs: in the Solomon Islands, kerosene will cost a typical household the equivalent of about €0.63 per day, while the value of the crops traded for solar LED amounts to less than half that, at €0.28 per day.
As the demand for energy in southern Africa booms, the importance of managing the demand side is increasingly seem to be as important as the actual expansion of generating capacity. This is mirrored in numerous Energy Ministries across the region, who are charged with developing legislation and regulations for energy efficiency measures.
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.