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Stay abreast of the latest news from the energy sector and GVEP’s activities.

 670 households and 350 businesses on Bwisya Island in Tanzania can now look forward to having access to modern electricity. This will be achieved through a pilot project worth €1.7m implemented by INENSUS (an energy private business- developer of the project business model), Terra Projects (a German energy consulting firm) and St. Augustine University of Tanzania, with GVEP working as the lead agency.

 “Transforming waste. Transforming lives” is the motto of a Kenyan based company that is crowdfunding to purchase a mechanical briquette-making machine, which will increase their production of environmentally friendly briquettes made from human waste.

SOLARKIOSK Holding, a German based e-SME, is changing the lives of those living in off-grid rural communities with the installation of multi-functional business units known as SOLARKIOSKS, providing modern energy services and products as well as creating jobs and providing ‘local marketplace’ for villagers.

A key challenge facing energy businesses in Africa is the lack of access to finance. Through tailored training to financial institutions and energy businesses alike GVEP aims to improve knowledge of the energy sector and encourage increased lending activity.

To date, 2.1 million more people in East Africa have now access to clean energy. This has been achieved after just two years implementation of the Capital Access for Renewable Energy Enterprises Programme (CARE2), run by GVEP International through funding from the Swedish government (Sida).

GVEP took part in a high level meeting last month that addressed issues of policy framework, distribution challenges, approaches to end-user financing and the nexus between energy and health with regards to bringing off-grid electrification solutions to Uganda. ‘Towards Universal Energy Access: Uganda’ was organized by the United Nations Foundation and the World Wide.

GVEP appointed Carolyn Tobin as new Trustee last month. Carolyn is a Management Consultant focusing on acquiring and integrating businesses and other profit enhancement programs.

The implementation of a programme with integrated gender-specific components is allowing female entrepreneurs to break the mould in business areas that are notoriously impenetrable for women.

Customer demand soars for affordable power, as Azuri and GVEP bring clean electricity to off-grid rural communities in Rwanda.

An award winning business plans to advance rural electrification in Haiti by using innovative gasification technology which turns agricultural waste into energy to power micro grids in rural villages.