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Interactive map of Energy Facility projects

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The ACP-EU Energy Facility Monitoring team is pleased to present an interactive map that shows the geographical locations of the projects funded under the ACP-EU Energy Facility. By clicking on a specific location, you will find more detailed information about the project, including the project title, objectives and location. By clicking on the links, you will be redirected to the Energy Facility Project Database, which provides a detailed overview of each project.

The importance of local community involvement

The-importance-of-local-community-involvementThe objective of this recently completed project, FED/2011/231-578 ”Community Based Green Energy Project”, was to increase access to modern, affordable and sustainable energy services for 301,996 households, 88 social institutions and 64 rural community groups in rural and peri-urban areas of Kenya. By installing solar PV units and increasing awareness of the importance of energy system management and sustainable environmental protection, local communities not only have the opportunity to generate an income but the accessibility of education, health and other services dependent on energy have improved.

The implementer, the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD), worked in partnership with three local Catholic dioceses and one private technical partner. The involvement of local implementing partners ensures project sustainability through their local knowledge. The project is owned by local communities including school and health committee members. This means that students, staff and local communities are responsible for the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the systems. Most management committees have raised funds from their own communities to cover repairs as they arise.

The ”Community Based Green Energy Project” has proven the importance of collaborating with well-established and recognised local implementing partners. In this case, the dioceses of Kitui and Isiolo have more than a decade of experience of supporting rural community development initiatives in their districts. Through their work, they have established strong relationships with the rural and peri-urban communities and local authorities. The private local partner, Solar Works East Africa Ltd, is one of the leading solar companies in Africa, and has been directly engaged in the design and installation of renewable energy systems in rural areas for individuals and institutions, including schools, health centres and churches.

Throughout the project implementation, CAFOD staff has provided regular technical support to partners through site visits, as well as online support. The local County Government provides first-line support or, in the case that the problem cannot be resolved locally, they contact Solar Works East Africa for further technical assistance.

The partners are continuing to provide support to the target communities long after project completion due to their presence in the region. There was a total of 386,520 beneficiaries of the project as of the 1st of May 2015, exceeding the original target.

Solar power to the remote areas of Mauritania

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The IPES RURAL project ended on 30th September 2015. Its main objective was to improve access to energy in remote areas of Mauritania. The project has enabled access to electricity through power plants connected to a mini-grid or stand-alone solar home systems, where each house has its own small solar energy installation. As a result, 56,000 people now benefit from improved access to electricity from solar PV. Most have gained access through the systems installed in schools, providing electricity for lighting, or because their shops now have electricity for fridges and other appliances. But there are also many direct beneficiaries, since 3,800 homes now have access to electricity that is mainly used for lighting, charging mobile phones and other small appliances.

Implementing body: ADER (Agence de Développement d’électrification Rurale) and IED – Innovation Energie Développement

Donor: EU and the Government of Mauritania

For more information on the Energy Facility projects, please visit the ACP-EU Energy Facility Database.

Eco Makala Allows for Reforestation in Congo

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The project « Eco Makala: viabilisation durable de l’approvisionnement en bois-énergie des populations ruralesriveraines de la ville de Goma » took place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The World Wide Fund for Nature carried out this project, which aimed at reducing the poverty and increasing the sustainable development of the North Kivu province in Congo. The “makala”, charcoal and firewood, constitute 97% of energy consumption in the province of North Kivu, and are the main fuels of urban households.

The project is directed at small land holders, field workers and the local population. Specifically, the project seeks to contribute to the sustainable provision of energy wood to the rural populations in the surroundings of Goma.

By the end of the project, the following results had been achieved: Forestry techniques were disseminated and the project has enabled the planting of 3,387 ha, (substantially more than originally intended); 49 different non-profit organisations were involved and 2,992 farmers in total; 39 local associations have set up nurseries and plantations; 419 participants were trained in optimised coal making techniques; local employment was created for 3,000 people; and new or additional sources of income have increased the purchasing power of locals.

Watch two videos from the project here (5 minutes) and here (25 minutes).

For more information on the project, please visit the ACP-EU Energy Facility Database.

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Energy for Life and Development in Haiti

“ProgettoMondo Mlal : – Déployer de nouvelles opportunités de développement socio-économique par l’accès aux énergies durables dans le Plateau Central » takes place in the town of Hinche, in Haiti. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere with more than 80 % of Haitians living in extreme poverty in rural areas. Haiti’s energy structure is problematic due to forest destruction and environmental degradation, limiting the population’s access to affordable modern energy sources.

The project aims to increase access to energy through satisfying basic human needs of the poorest population (Energy for Life), and by launching the economic development process from activities related to agriculture (Energy for Development).  The entire population of Hinche (75,000 people) will benefit from the dissemination of technical solutions and services developed by the project.

The project has established 3 nurseries with production of seedlings. 9942 trees were planted and 24,036 seedlings have been distributed to 1,054 beneficiaries. The construction of a modular wood stove prototype has begun to suit the needs of beneficiaries. 10 community centers have been built and electrified, 2 health centers/clinics are now electrified and equipped with refrigerators, 5 schools have been identified for their electrification, 3 kiosks were completed for water purification, a farmer training center has been electrified with 40 solar panels, and technical and administrative training sessions have been carried out.

Watch the video from the project here.

For more information on the project, please visit the ACP-EU Energy Facility Database.

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