ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility for Peri-Urban and Rural Areas – Second Call for Proposals

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), based in Praia, Cabo Verde, has launched the second call of the ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility (EREF).

The call  targets the installation of renewable energy powered mini-grids and the establishment of appropriate management, operation and maintenance systems in rural and peri-urban areas of West Africa.

Details of the call:

  • Deadline for submissions 10 August 2014 (22:00 UTC -1)
  • Local and international applicants
  • Proposals may cover one or more ECOWAS countries
  • Proposal language: English, French or Portuguese
  • Overall amount available under the second CfP: EUR 1,000,000

The ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility provides a maximum of 200.000 Euro per project, with a range of different renewable energy technologies being eligible for funding. Hybrid mini-grids, where renewable energy contributes to a significant amount of the electricity produced, are eligible as well.

By means of the Facility, ECREEE will contribute to the implementation of the ECOWAS/UEMOA White Paper for Energy Access in Peri-urban and Rural Areas and to the ECOWAS Renewable Energy Policy (EREP). The White Paper foresees that at least 20% of new investment in electricity shall originate from renewable sources and calls for the establishment of an innovation fund to raise funding for at least 200 demonstration projects, while the EREP defines a 22% target for the off-grid (mini-grids and stand alone) share of rural population served from renewable energy by 2020. Furthermore, EREF contributes to the achievement of the UN Goal on Universal Access to Clean, Reliable and Affordable Energy Services by 2030 and the reduction of Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).

The EREF Second Call for Proposals is supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA).

The guidelines of the EREF 2nd Call for Proposals are available here

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