Fundraising for climate projects
For each MWh of EKOenergy sold, a minimum of 10 eurocents (€ 0.10) 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 2018
(First series – more projects will be selected in July 2018)
- Solar Clinics in Karen State, Myanmar : Green Empowerment and Border Green Energy Team will provide renewable energy to eight clinics, one training center for addiction treatment workers, and one school in order to improve medical and education services. Approximately 29,700 people living in Karen villages and refugee camps along the Thailand-Myanmar border will benefit from the outcomes. This will be accomplished through the installation of 280-350-watt solar electricity systems and accompanying training in operation and maintenance. The systems will generate a combined total of 3kW of electricity to enhance the quality of medical operations of these facilities. EKOenergy donated 17735 euro to this project.
- Safe and Healthy Schools in Apurimac, Peru : Practical Action is providing access to energy, water and sanitation, as well as information and communication technologies to schools in Apurimac, Peru. The schools are supported with training and health promotion activities with the aim of creating safe and healthy schools. EKOenergy donates 28558 euro to Practical Action to help fund the solar (PV) power supply for the project.
- Green energy for development – renewable electricity in rural area of Rakhine State, Myanmar : Istituto Oikos will install a Solar mini-grid in a remote area of Thandwe District, in the southern Rakhine State. The action will guarantee equal access to reliable and renewable energy for 25 households (56 men and 41 women, total 97 persons), living in Nyaung Chaung village, part of the Gwa Township. EKOenergy donates 15000 euro to this project.
- Solar Kiosks for Togo : Solar without Borders is installing Smart Solar Nano Grids in Togo. A Smart Solar Nano Grid is an off-grid solar system that provides 8 neighbouring families with sustainable energy on 220V. Every family has his own energy meter. With a simple SMS they can top up their energy credits on their meter. The 8 families pay off together the solar system by paying up front for their consumption. After 4 years the system is paid off and the families become the owner of the solar system. EKOenergy donates 6000 euro to the project.
- Enlightening children’s future, Madagascar : This is a project of the Swiss organisation CEAS. The primary goal of the project is to grant access to electricity to a school in the rural village of Amboanjobe. Meanwhile, it will provide energy-related services to the whole population. A solar kiosk close to the school will allow each class to have access to electric light and outlets, allowing the pupils to have better learning conditions. It will also allow after dark classes, for those who need it, or for parents in need of literacy classes. EKOenergy donates 18000 euro to this project.
- Solar powered Water and Energy Kiosk in Western Kenya : This project of Solafrica aims at providing affordable energy source and to promote the conservation of environment through provision of reliable and clean water for agricultural production and drinking. EKOenergy donates 23400 euro to this project.
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 about EKOenergy Tajikistan project.
- 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 about EKOenergy Guinea project
- 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. Click here for a pdf with more information about EKOenergy India project
- 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 more information about EKOenergy Madagascar project.
- Solar energy for Zululand, South Africa: Siemenpuu Foundation 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 about EKOenergy South Africa project.
- Solar energy for Palestine: A project of the Palestinian organisation Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem was given € 30,000 of funding. Siemenpuu Foundation and EKOenergy each paid half of that amount. They will install solar installations for poor households and other community buildings in Bethlehem. For more information about EKOenergy’s Palestine project, click here.
- 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 about EKOenergy project in Togo
- 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 about EKOenergy project for Senegal
- 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 about EKOenergy Sudan project.
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
More projects are waiting. Do you want to help us do more?
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