Climate Fund

Money for climate projects

For each MWh of EKOenergy sold, a minimum of 10 eurocents goes to EKOenergy’s Climate Fund. That money is used to finance climate projects that would not have happened otherwise.

EKOenergy does not set up its own projects, but finances projects managed by experienced organisations.

The projects are selected via a transparent and open selection process, in which sellers and consumers are actively involved. The final decision is taken by the EKOenergy Board.

Climate projects 2017

  • Energy cafe in Tajikistan: We donated € 15,000 to the Norwegian organisation Naturvernforbundet for a project in Tajikistan. In cooperation with a local community organisation Oyandasoz they set up a solar powered energy café in the remote village Nisur and started a distribution network for solar lights. Click here for a pdf with more information.
  • Solar for health centers in Guinée:  € 15,618 was donated to the French organisation Santé Sud, for a project in Guinea. This project aims to improve health care access of more than 50 000 residents. Santé Sud seeks to provide eco-friendly rural electrification through solar panels for health centres. Click here for a pdf with more information.
  • Home lighting systems for villages in India: € 17,000 was donated to Gram Vikas for a home lighting installation project in India. In total, 120 households will be covered. Remote communities without connection to the main grid will be given priority, such as the remote and interior pockets of the Kalahandi district of Odisha, India.
  • Solar for schools in Madagascar: € 25,000 was donated to a project of the Swiss Organisation CEAS in Madagascar. With the money, they will install 3 solar powered kiosks at schools in rural villages in Madagascar. One installation is ready, and two more will follow in early 2018. Click here for a pdf with more information.
  • Solar energy for Zululand, South Africa: Siemenpuu and EKOenergy donated together € 35,000 (EKOenergy’s share: €18.000) to a project of the Africa Conservation Trust, South Africa. Their Zululand Community Solar Project “aims to provide solar lighting systems to families living in the Kwadlakuse and Esikhuthwaneni communities – two deeply rural villages in Northern KwaZulu – Natal. This region forms part of the Zululand District Municipality, one of the poorest districts in South Africa largely due to its history as a marginalised homeland”. Click here for a pdf with more information.
  • Solar energy for Palestine: A project of the Palestinian organisation Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem was given € 30,000 of funding. Siemenpuu and EKOenergy each paid half of that amount. They will install solar installations for poor households and other community buildings in Bethlehem.
  • Smart energy kiosks for Togo: € 20,000 was donated to the Belgian organisation Solar without Borders (Solar zonder grenzen) for the installation of 6 more smart solar kiosks and mini grids in Togo. Click here for a pdf with more information.
  • Solar pumps for women in Senegal: EKOenergy donated € 20,000 to Fondem (Fondation Énergies pour le Monde). With the money, they have installed 2 solar pumps in Ouonck, a village in South Senegal, where agriculture is a main economic activity. Click here for a pdf with more information.
  • Solar energy for North-Darfur, Sudan: We donated € 45.000 to a project of the British organisation Practical Action, in the village of Barbujat, El Fashir, within the North Darfur state of Sudan. 100 households will get solar lantern sets, which will replace the use of kerosene and wood for indoor lighting. 20 solar lanterns will be provided to the local market place. A solar powered grain mill will replace current unreliable diesel operated mills that frequently break down and are costly to run. This will reduce the need of women to queue around the few functional mills for several hours a day. Click here for a pdf with more information.

Earlier projects (2015-2016)

In 2015 and 2016 we financed the following projects.

  • Tanzania: € 40,000 euro to the Italian organization Istituto Oikos for the installation of solar panels on schools in Northern Tanzania.
  • Indonesia: € 28,000 to the Dutch organisations HIVOS, for the installation of solar panels on remote schools in Sumba, an Indonesian Island.
  • Cameroon: € 38,000 to the Swiss organisation SolAfrica to install solar panels on schools and health centers in Southern Cameroon.
  • Togo: € 10,000 to the Belgian organisation Solar without borders to install solar kiosks in Togo.
  • Nicaragua: € 20,000 the the US organisation Green Empowerment for a project bringing solar to rural areas of Northern Nicaragua.
  • Peru: € 5,000 to the international organisation Practical Action, for a project to bring solar energy to remote villages in the Peruvian Andes.

All organisations work in close cooperation with local partners, and all selected projects are part of larger, long lasting and ambitious projects.

For more information, see also the booklet “Climate Projects 2016 – Funded by EKOenergy Users“.

Let’s do more

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