Climate Fund

Fundraising for climate projects

EKOenergy’s Climate Fund finances climate projects that would not have happened otherwise.

EKOenergy does not set up its own projects, but finances projects managed by experienced organisations. All organisations work in close cooperation with local partners, and all selected projects are part of larger, long lasting and ambitious projects.

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.

 

Earlier projects, financed in 2015-2016

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  • Tanzania: 40,000 € 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 € to 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.

 

Climate projects selected in 2017

Total amount of donation: 190,618 €.
EKOenergy’s donation is matched by Siemenpuu Foundation for the Palestine and South Africa projects.

Climate projects selected in 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 17,735 € 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 28,558 € 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 15,000 € 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 6,000 € 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 18,000 € 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 23,400 € to this project.
  • Solar energy for North-Darfur, Sudan : Continuation of a project that we started financing in 2017. For 2018, we donate 40,000 € to strengthen the developement of the revolving fund and to extend solar power services to clinics, social infrastructure and women led income generating activities. The project is implemented by Practical Action.
  • Energizing Myanmar’s Dry Zone: Scaling Financially Viable Solar PV Drip Irrigation Systems, Myanmar: 48,000 € (23,000 € from EKOenergy and 25,000 € from Siemenpuu Foundation) goes to Renewable Energy Association of Myanmar. Their new project will help establish 10 Solar PV Drip Irrigation Systems in 5-villages of the Dry Zone of Myanmar, for demonstration and training. The beneficiaries will establish a revolving fund to scale implementation with payback of the 10 Systems and will help 50 Dry Zone family farms to obtain loans. The project will also work on the long-term protection of aquifers
  • Electrification for improving rural livelyhood, Nepal: 40,000 € (20,000 € from EKOenergy and 20,000 € from Siemenpuu Foundation) goes to Center for Rural Technology of Nepal, for the the installation of 2 pico-hydro units in Hupsikot Nawalparasi district, Nepal and in Udayapurgadhi, Udayapur district, Nepal. These villages currently don’t have access to electricity. The installations will benefit 115 and 70 households respectively.  The environmental impact of the project is limited. The water source flowing in the river is partially diverted without making bigger dams in the separate canal for electricity generation. The size of the installation is small i.e. only of 5 kw capacities so this will consume around 10-15 % of water flowing in the river without affecting the aquatic lives, fishes, biodiversities and life of other creatures depending on the river.
  • Design & installation of a locally fabricated wind turbine system with additional solar
    power, Nepal: 37,000 € (22,000 € from EKOenergy and 15,000 € from Siemenpuu) goes to the Nepalese Energy, Environment Research and Development Centre for the design & installation of a locally fabricated 1 kW wind turbine system with additional solar power (3 kW) in Upper Mustang, Nepal. This project aims to install a solar wind hybrid system for electrification of the 40 households in the village and a primary school named “Birendra Prathamik Vidhyalaya”
  • Solar Energy for Community Resilience in Nepal: 25,000 € goes to a project of Renewable World. Their project will establish an innovative multi-function community-owned solar micro-grid that will reduce energy poverty and social inequality in one off-grid community in Surkhet District, Nepal reaching 2,750 beneficiaries. The project will ensure that the community is better able to enjoy their right to work, to adequate medical care, and to live in safety.

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