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New Tools & Resources – March 2016

GLOBAL TOOLS AND RESOURCES:

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project Resource Center

Energypedia’s database offers project-relevant renewable energy and energy efficiency documents to the global energy community. It includes sample Terms of Reference, examples of economic and financial analysis, sample legal & procurement documents, case studies with analyses of success factors and lessons learned.


A new trading platform for clean cookstoves

SNV, with support from GIZ’s Energising Development (EnDev), has launched the Stove Auction – the world’s first auction dedicated to the sale of advanced biomass cookstoves in developing countries.


REGIONAL TOOLS AND RESOURCES:

Universal Electrification Access

This visualization tool by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) allows for further exploration of model results on electrification in Africa. Using open geospatial data, the model finds which technologies provide electricity at the lowest cost to the population living in each 10 by 10 km. area in included countries. The model makes choices on the levelized cost of technologies, calculated based on locally adjusted technical data such as distance to grid, distance to diesel sourcing, solar radiation, wind factors, water availability, among others. In estimating universal access to electricity the model considers grid and off-grid options, five per-capita electricity consumption levels and two diesel prices. The model decides on the least costly option after comparing the costs of connecting to the central grid to a mini-grid or to stand-alone solutions.


Uttar Pradesh, India announces mini-grid policy

The new policy covers mini-grids up to 500kW, and applies to all technologies. Some salient features include:

  • Projects in sites identified by the state nodal agency are eligible for a 30% subsidy (subject to budget availability). Mandatory operation and maintenance by the developer for 10 years. Mandatory daily supply of 3 hours in the morning and 5 hours in the evening total at least 8 hours supply of electricity to all willing houses, and Daily 6 hours supply of electricity for other production and commercial needs.
  • If the subsidy route is taken, the tariffs are fixed. Developer will charge Rs. 60/- per month for load of 50 Watt, Rs. 120/- per month for load up to 100 Watt for 8 hours of daily electricity supply and for the load more than 100 Watt tariff will be on mutual consent between consumers and developer.
  • If subsidy is not availed and project is developed in a self-identified site, Developer will be allowed to charge any tariff from consumers on mutual consent basis.
  • If and when grid connection arrives, there are two exit routes – either the DISCOM will buy the electricity at a pre-determined tariff, or DISCOM will buy the project based on a cost-benefit analysis.

 

SE4All Africa Hub website launched

The SE4All Africa Hub have launched the SE4All Africa website: www.se4all-africa.org. All relevant information regarding SE4All in Africa implementation, namely country actions, country data, regional initiatives and financing opportunities, will be easily accessible on this website.