REEEP calls for project proposals in new funding cycle

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has opened its 8th program cycle with a call for proposed clean energy projects targeting Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa.

The partnership expects to fund approximately 30 projects with EUR4.5 million contributed by the Governments of the United Kingdom and Norway. The level of funding available per project has been increased by 50 percent to EUR150,000.

Preference will be given to proposals that address key barriers to the uptake of renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE). Proposals covering one of the following four program priorities will have funding priority: the promotion of successful and innovative business models for clean energy solutions; supporting innovative financing approaches including clean energy finance facilities and instruments; clean energy policy support for national and regional governments to accelerate the development of the RE and EE markets; and strengthening of energy regulatory mechanisms and standards such as building codes, grid codes and appliance standards and labeling.

This year the application process is being streamlined and the final project selection will take place by the end of June. The application process is exclusively online via the REEEP Project Management Information System (PMIS) which includes live support for applicants. Deadlines and exact procedures depend on the type of project application.

Most new projects are asked to make preliminary concept submissions by April 15. A shortlist will be made by the end of April, and those who are successful will then be asked to submit full proposals by May 27.

Proposals for replication and scale-up of earlier projects as well as proposals from governments, regulators and development financial institutions follow a one-stage process, with the deadline for detailed proposals in full being May 27, 2011.

Finally, bidders for specific commissioned projects that REEEP has already pre-defined should submit a pre-qualification request by April 15, and full proposals will be invited from pre-qualified firms, also by May 27.

More detailed information on application procedures as well as the link to the PMIS system can be found on the REEEP website: http://call4proposals.reeep.org

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