We have just been informed about a new call for proposals to set up the East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE). The East African Community (EAC), comprised of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda is establishing this new regional center. This is an initiative by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) modeled on the successful example of ECREEE in West Africa.

The concept note, based on the extensive experience by the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy (ECREEE) endeavors to establish  network of RE and EE promotion agencies across Sub-Saharan Africa to contribute to the ambitious targets of the SE4ALL (Sustainable Energy for All) initiative to be reached by 2030.

The difficult energy situation in this area intervenes with social, economic and industrial development  and increased uptake of clean energy resources could help overcome challenges such as access to energy, climate change and energy security. The area, with about 133 million inhabitants, has one of the lowest per capita energy consumption rates in the world. Electrification in some rural parts is as low as 1-5% and even urban areas have an electrification rate lower than 50%. Firewood, charcoal and animal waste still form the the widest used means to satisfy energy needs, with all the negative consequences.lightbulb.gif

Limited capital to invest as well as unsure future demand make the uptake of modern energy solution tricky. Furthermore, even though the EAC has contributed very little to climate change, the impacts will be felt strongly and further challenge energy security.

At the moment the UNIDO  and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) are assisting EACREEE in its set-up process of the East Africa Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.

The Centre is issuing a public call for assistance for the development of a feasibility study and project document for the centre.

This assignment is expected to

  • conduct a RE&EE baseline report and feasibility study on the establishment of EACREEE and possible technical and institutional design options
  • contribute to the organization of a regional inception meeting and validation meeting to review and validate the draft feasibility study
  • finalize the feasibility study and develop a detailed project document on the preparatory and first Centre’s first operational phase (2014-2018) using the UNIDO project document templates

The Concept Note and the Terms of Reference with full details on the scope of the assignment and application procedures can be downloaded via the REEEP website.

Applicants should submit their written technical and financial proposals in English in electronic form by 09 January 2013 to info@eacreee.org.

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