The webinar sessions for “Clean Captive Installations for Industrial Clients in sub-Sahara Africa” were successfully launched on September 15th and 16th. The webinar was tailored specifically towards the ongoing “Clean Captive Installations for Industrial Clients in sub-Sahara Africa” (CCI) project, implemented by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, as part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of Germany. Over 110 participants joined the webinar for a very lively and interactive session.
Session 1: Open Call for Proposals
The first session took place on 15 September 2020, and introduced an opportunity for the Kenyan market to get to know more about the Call for Proposals. The webinar launched the Call for Proposals for Kenya, paved the way for the introduction of the framework document, which explains in details the application process, eligibility criteria, selection criteria, and application timelines, and explain the different types of applications forms. The session ended with an interactive Q&A session with participants sending their questions to our panelists in reference to the proposal.
About the CCI Project
The project aims to demonstrate the economic and financial viability of clean captive energy installations for industries and to enhance their adaption in the four partner countries and possibly even to the entire continent. The project will strengthen the ability of partner countries to move towards low carbon-emitting development strategies.
Call for Proposals
As part of the four core components of the CCI project, the Call for Proposals has been launched in Kenya for pilot projects that are innovative, scalable and can be replicated across different sectors and possibly throughout the country. Grant funding will be made available to support such projects and grant funding availability has been classified to support three types of activities for the pilot projects.
Mrs. Meseret Teklemariam Zemedkun from UNEP and Mr. Tobias Panofen (FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre) gave their welcoming remarks and introduced the CCI project’s background and objectives. Ms. Madhumitha Madhavan (FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre) presented the call for proposal and key information regarding application process, eligibility criteria, selection criteria, and application timelines and explained the different types of applications forms. The session was moderated by Mrs. Maria Jesus Baez (FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre).
Find out more about the Call for Proposals and the relevant documents such as the framework document and application forms by visiting our webpage here.
Session 2: Summary of Kenya Country Study and Tools
The second session took place on 16 September 2020, and provided an overview on the study and tools that have been developed in the context of the CCI project. The session covered the findings of the Kenya Country Study on clean energy installations for industrial clients. It also covered different tools that were developed for the C&I sector as part of the broader CCI project. The webinar ended with another interactive Q&A session between the participants and the panelists.
The Kenya Country Study
The Kenya country report presents the state of the clean captive installations market in Kenya as of year‑end 2019, with a focus on the C&I market and solar PV technology. Key findings focus on the current clean captive installations for the C&I sector; the perceived barriers for its development; potential synergies between their activities and the project; and industry sectors and technologies to be targeted under this project (to initiate a pilot project).
Introduction to the supporting Tools
The tools are introductory guidelines to support the understanding of various business models for implementing solar PV projects, available financing options for these business models, choosing the optimum solution (business model, technology and financing options) depending on specific needs, understanding profitability drivers and feasibility of projects. These tools are best read in the following order:
- Best Available Technology (BAT) for solar PV captive systems (Tool 4)
The BAT provides an overview of necessary components that are utilised in a solar PV system and choosing the right component depending on price, efficiency and quality of the product.
- Metrics for assessing financial viability of Renewable Energy projects / Cost Benefit Analysis of renewable energy programmes (Tool 2)
This tool explains how to assess the cost-benefit of any project, and details various metrics essential for assessing the financial viability of any Renewable Energy project. It also explains different perspectives to a project and metrics relevant to the various parties involved.
- Financing guidelines and business models for solar PV Captive Systems (Tool 1)
This tool gives an overview of various business models that are available when implementing a captive solar PV project. The tool also explains the advantages, drawbacks and risks of each business model, and details financing mechanisms available for the models. The tool further elaborates on the different perspectives when choosing the right model.
- User Manual for the preliminary financial model to assess the viability of solar PV captive systems for businesses (Tool 3)
This tool combines the learnings of the other three tools. It provides a guideline to understand the important elements when creating a financial model to assess financial feasibility. It also explains the financial metrics relevant to the different perspectives (parties) to a project.
Mrs. Meseret Teklemariam Zemedkun and Mr. Tobias Panofen opened the presentation by summing up the key takeaways from session 1 and introducing the topics for session 2.
Ms. Hind Il-Idrissi (UNEP) presented the Kenya Country Study and gave an insight to the energy market in Kenya. She emphasized on the need for solar PV clean captive installations in Kenya, as well as the potential of the industrial sector in the country.
Ms. Sarah Moustafa presented the tool on the best available technology for solar PV. Mrs. Maria Jesus Baez presented Tool 2 on the Metrics for assessing financial viability of Renewable Energy projects / Cost Benefit Analysis of renewable energy programmes. Ms. Madhumitha Madhavan then presented Tools 1 and 3 that details available business models for solar PV captive systems. She also presented a sample preliminary financial model that was created specifically for the webinar as an example of creating financial models to illustrate the financial viability.
Find out more about the Kenya Country Study and the different tools by visiting our webpage here.
We would like to thank all the participants who attended the webinars, and we look forward to receiving applications for sustainable and scalable pilot projects in Kenya.
In case you have missed our webinar, the recordings of both sessions are available for viewing below.