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Two Off Grid Projects To Electrify Rural Communities In Nigeria

The first project - headed up by Pan Africa Solar– is an 80MW utility scale Photovoltaic Power Plant located in Katsina State, near the town of Kankia.

The project focuses on a stable state in the north of the country, where – due to lack of available hydro resources and gas supply – renewables are the only long term sustainable option.

The project will integrate panels mounted on tilting structures that track the path of the sun throughout the day, constructed on 210 hectares of land.

BBOXX is collaborating with Pan Africa Solar on a second project supplying the distributed energy service that is operating in Kano State, Northern Nigeria, with hopes to expand across the country.

BBOXX's VP of Business Development, Anshul Patel said Pan Africa Solar is a dedicated team with a core understanding of the Nigerian market; a very exciting BBOXX partner in a much underserved market. Nigeria has 60 million people who lack access to electricity.

“To date, 2000 people have been impacted by our work in Kano, and the business is currently in the process of scaling its operations. The partnership between BBOXX and PAS is instrumental in leveraging expertise in the off-grid business combined with local market knowledge to successfully scale operations with a goal of electrifying 1 million people by 2020."

EnergyNet launched the Off the Grid Club initiative in 2016 to provide a networking platform for off grid technology providers, financiers and regional leaders working in Africa's off grid industry.

The membership programme collaborates with partners such as the Shell Foundation, ElectriFi, Akon Lighting Africa and Solektra in developing and financing off grid projects to electrify rural communities in Africa. 

From 6 – 8 February 2018, off grid developments will be discussed by energy leaders in Kampala, Uganda at the Africa Energy Forum: Off the Grid Summit - held with the endorsement of Her Excellency Irene Muloni, Minister of Energy and Mineral Development of Uganda.

This meeting is co-located with the regional East Africa Energy & Infrastructure Summit. Both meetings will unite governments from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia, leading utility and regulatory companies from the region as well as international financiers, donor organisations and power developers to focus on what is needed to unlock investment in energy for regional growth.

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Bonn Meeting Launch UCLG Africa Climate Task Force

The 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Bonn, Germany from November 6 -17 2017, provided the framework for the launch of the UCLG Africa Climate Task Force and the presentation of its members to the political authorities and the general public.

The official launch of the UCLG Africa Climate Task Force was held in Bonn on Tuesday November 14, 2017 under the chairmanship of His Excellency Mr. Barnabé Dassigli, Minister of Decentralization and Local Governance of Benin, Chairman of the Specialized Technical Committee N° 8 of the African Union, in the presence of representatives of the first institutions that volunteered to join the Task Force. These were notably:

  • The African Development Bank (AfDB), represented for this purpose by Ms. Louise Helen BROWN, Climate Change Task Manager, Coordinator of the AfDB Fund for Climate Change in Africa;
  • The West African Development Bank (BOAD), represented by Mr. Bio Sawe, Director of the Environment and Climate Finance;
  • The Local Government Capital Investment Fund of Morocco (FEC);
  • The Special Fund for Equipment and Inter-Municipal Intervention of Cameroon (FEICOM), represented by Mr. Côme Awoumou, Deputy Director of Cooperation and Partnership;
  • OECD, represented by Ms Marie Trémolières, Senior Policy Analyst at the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC) of OECD;
  • The Environment Agency for Territorial Development of the Presidency of the Republic of Benin, represented by Mr. Jean Claude Grisoni Niaki, expert in resource mobilization and structuring of projects for Climate Finance;
  • The 4C Agency of the Ministry of the Environment of Morocco, represented by its Director, Mr. Mohamed Nbou;
  • Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech, represented by Professor Fatima Arib, Sustainable Development and Major Projects Task Manager at the Presidency of the University;
  • The National Associations of Local Governments in Africa, represented by Ms. Florence Radzilani, Mayor of the Municipality of the District of Vhembe (South Africa), Climate and Environmental Planning Officer at the South African Local Government Association (SALGA);
  • NGO ENERGIES 2050, represented by its CEO, Stéphane Pouffary.

Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa, stated the intention of the Task Force to bring together, within the same ecosystem, the various stakeholders working with climate issues.

This is to enable them to support local governments in Africa in the implementation of NDCs and in the access to climate finance and most notably the Green Climate Fund. This is open to all those who wish to join it who can do so by applying to the General Secretariat of UCLG Africa. 

On behalf of the African Ministers of Public Service, Urban Development, Local Governments and Decentralization, the Hon. Minister Barnabé Dassigli of Benin, Chairman of the Specialized Technical Committee N° 8 of the African Union, commended UCLG Africa for its wonderful initiative, supported by STC N° 8.

He expressed confidence that the UCLG Africa's Climate Task Force would have a significant impact on the engagement of African local governments in the implementation of the Paris Agreement and pointed out that within the same support platform for local governments, development banks, institutions specializing in the financing of local governments, technical support agencies for local governments, academic and research institutions, associations of local governments and NGOs active in the field of climate, was a commitment to the synergy of the different stakeholders around the Climate Agenda.

Hon. Minister Dassigli confirmed that the African Union's STC N° 8 also supports requests made by local and regional elected officials during the preparatory Forum for COP 22 held in Cotonou in September 2016, especially with regard to the urgency of establishing a capacity building and technical assistance program for local governments to enable them to develop climate plans and prepare eligible funding applications for the Green Climate Fund; as well as for the recognition of UCLG Africa as an "Implementing Partner" of the Green Climate Fund.

The role of territories was recognized as essential for the realization of NDCs (Nationally Determined Contributions). Local policy choices in terms of infrastructure, equipment and basic service delivery methods have made an impact on energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions.

Priorities for elected officials include giving a climate perspective to the everyday actions they carry out. There is also a need to build their capacities to measure, report and verify the contribution of their actions and policies in the reduction of emissions and adaptation to the effects of climate change.

This requirement for the Measurement, Reporting and Verification of climate actions (MRV) is one of the requirements of the Paris Agreement and one of the conditions to be met in order to access the Green Climate Fund.

The National Associations of Local Governments will be required to advocate with the representatives of the NDC Partnership and the focal points of Green Climate Fund in their respective countries.

Access Power, FMO Launch Second Edition Of Solar 'Shark Tank' Competition

FMO, the Dutch development bank, and Access Power, a leading developer, owner and operator of power projects in emerging markets, announced the launch of the 2018 FMO Access Power Solar 'Shark Tank' Competition following the competition's successful first installment in 2016 at the 'Making Solar Bankable' conference.

The initiative is aimed at helping local solar power developers that require development support to make their innovative solar projects more impactful.In order to be considered for the grant, the proposed projects must be located in Asia, Africa or Latin America and be based on solar PV technology.

They should also meet the capacity criterion of 10MW or more, and be at an advanced stage of development (preliminary feasibility studies should have been completed).

Furthermore, eligible projects should have an innovative or impactful angle to the project that can be developed with support of the grant. Proposals will be screened and scored by a pre-selection committee assembled by FMO and Access Power.

Four shortlisted finalists will be invited to present their projects and answer questions from a panel of judges in front of a live audience on the 15th of February 2018 during the second edition of the 'Making Solar Bankable' conference, co-organized by FMO and Solarplaza in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 15 and 16 February. The winning project will be announced at the end of the session during the event.

The winner will receive a $100,000 grant towards the development costs of their project from FMO and Access Power. In addition to that, Access Power will pre-qualify the winning proposal of the Solar Shark Tank competition for the 2018 edition of the Access Co-Development Facility (ACF) competition, subject to meeting ACF qualification requirements. Access Power will provide the ACF winner with technical support, financial structuring and development process management.

Reda El Chaar, Executive Chairman of Access Power, commented: "Following the competition's successful launch in 2016, we are thrilled to have once again partnered with FMO to promote and help development of early stage solar projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

In 2016 we received over 36 of applications from 21 countries and 2018 looks set to build on that success. We look forward with great interest to receiving this year's entries and hearing the judge's final decision during an exciting live event at the 'Making Solar Bankable' conference in Amsterdam".

Jurgen Rigterink, CEO of FMO, added: "FMO is proud to partner again with Access Power to help improve access to energy in the regions in the world where it is most needed. The entries of this year's competition will all contribute to clean and affordable energy, making it possible for people to improve their livelihoods. We look forward to an inspiring event".

Application procedures close on 5th of January 2018. Visit the Solar Shark Tank page on https://goo.gl/aeoEKg or https://goo.gl/Cn8w9h to download the application form.

 

 

 

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Kadaga Lauds Huawei For Improving Education In Busoga

Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda lauded Huawei for their efforts in improving Education in Busoga Kingdom.

This happened at the Busoga Kingdom Headquarters in Bugembe, Jinja on 21st November where Huawei donated large examination printer, large examination photocopier, office printer and copier, reception chairs, laptop, desktop computer and reception table among others to the Busoga Kyabazinga Examination Board (‘BUKEB’). 

The donation worth 30,000,000UGX was handed to BUKEB by Mr. Bai Chengyu, Huawei Uganda’s Executive Director – Government and Enterprise Business in the presence of the Kyabazinga of Busoga His Royal Highness William Gabula Nadiope, the Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga and the Chinese Ambassador to Uganda H.E. Zheng Zhuqiang. 

“I thank Huawei for this wonderful donation that will boost the Education in the Busoga Region. Busoga had the worst six performing districts in the national examinations. But with this boost I believe there shall be a big improvement,” said Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, The Speaker of Parliament of Uganda at the donation ceremony. 

“I also commend Huawei for their Corporate Social Responsibility programs like Seeds for the Future, I however wish that Busoga region is considered in the selection of the participants to take part in the final 10 students that receive technological training in China under that program, let two come from Busoga region,” she added. 

Speaking at the ceremony, the Chinese Ambassador to Uganda H.E. Zheng Zhuqiang also commended Huawei for being a responsible corporate citizen and encouraged the people of Busoga to embrace education. 

“I urge the beneficiaries to embrace education because through it, the world is empowered by knowledge to make the impossibilities possible,” he said.   

Mr. Bai Chengyu, Huawei’s Executive Director – Government and Enterprise Business group noted that the donation will improve the education standard in Busoga and encourage many parents to invest in their Children’s pursuit of knowledge. 

On the same day, Huawei also donated approximately 200 bicycles to the people of Kamuli to improve health, livelihood and also to boost poverty eradication campaigns in the district. The donation worth 100,000,000 UGX was handed over to the people of Kamuli in the witness of the Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga at the Kamuli Youth Centre.

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