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European Union Launches E81m Grant Scheme for Renewable Energy Projects in Swaziland

Europe avails E81m grant for renewable energy projects

SWAZILAND’s renewable energy and energy efficiency projects stand to benefit from the over E81 million (EUR 8.5 million) set aside by the Energy and Environment Partnership

Programme with Southern and East Africa (EEP).EEP’s Gershwin Pududu said the EEP programme was jointly funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA), the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the Department of International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom. He said the money would be awarded to about 40 – 50 projects. Also, he said the projects must be implemented in at least one of the following southern and east African partner countries: Botswana, Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.projectPududu said each project would not get more than E3 million (EUR 300 000) depending on the type, adding that private companies, public institutions, research organisations, educational institutions, charitable organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community-based organisations (CBO), not-for-profit organisations (NPO) and cooperative organisations as well as applicants who have participated in previous EEP-S&EA calls would be eligible to apply.“Individuals and mainstream government entities, for example, government ministries and national, provincial, district departments are not eligible. An applicant should be registered with the appropriate registration body in its country of operation and a certified registration number will be required on the project profile application form“Each organisation should submit only one application for a given country. The EEP programme strives to give every entity a chance and encourages a diverse pool of submissions from applicants. “Applicants can partner with other organisations or entities in order to meet human resource capacity and competence to implement the proposed project. “If a project is submitted by a consortium of organisations, the lead partner as per memorandum of understanding will be the (EEP) project applicant,” he said.
Gershwin Pududu said the proposed activity must form one of the core activities of a project development cycle of a larger project that would lead to a bankable stage of an investment that produce renewable energy and save a quantified amount of energy or conserve it.
“Although the other activities that generally provide an enabling environment for the promotion ofrenewable energy and energy efficiency/conservation projects are important, these types of projects are excluded from the scope of EEP Call for Proposals. There are other grant funding programmes that support such activities but EEP does not,” he said.
Pududu said an EEP funded project actually ended up producing renewable energy or saving energy by itself or a bigger investment project later. 
He said EEP funded project was not about “promoting” renewable energy or energy saving or conservation but about “producing” renewable energy or “saving or conserving” energy.

Funding limited to development phase projects
THE scope of Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) call for proposals is limited to projects that deal with the development phase of concrete renewable energy producing and quantifiable energy saving.

Source: Swazi Observer (http://www.observer.org.sz/index.php?news=44015)

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