energy for sustainable development

Implementation and Technical

A selection of significant implementation and technical projects undertaken by EDG is outlined below

Promoting Rural Electrification – Supporting the evaluation of mini-grid feasibility studies in Myanmar  

Myanmar National Electrification Programme (NEP) under DRD supports development of private-sector-led mini-grids using World Bank finance. GIZ provides technical assistance to review feasibility of proposals submitted under call for proposal stages (CfP1-2) and advises on adjustments to ensure visibility and sustainability.  Review covers all aspects from demand assessments, WTP, technical design and simulation, and financial modelling, for mini-grids which are primarily solar PV/diesel/battery configurations. (GIZ, NEP Myanmar, Dec.2017-present)

Promoting Rural Electrification - Supporting the feasibility of mini-grids in Myanmar 

Myanmar National Electrification Programme (NEP) under DRD supports development of private-sector-led mini-grids using World Bank finance. GIZ provides technical assistance to review feasibility of proposals submitted under call for proposal stages (CfP1-2) and advises on adjustments to ensure visibility and sustainability. Review coves all aspects from demand assessments, WTP, technical design and simulation, and financial modelling, for mini-grids which are primarily solar PV/diesel/battery configurations. Client: GIZ, NEP Myanmar, Jun.-Oct. 2017)

Implementing Accelerating Sustainable Private Investments for Renewable Energy in Maldives 

The overall project development objective of ASPIRE Project is to increase PV Generation in Maldives through private sector investment, with the beneficiaries being citizens and consumers in the Maldives. The initial subprojects target consumer populations in Male’and Hulhumale’ islands. The objective of this assignment is to provide advisory services to the Project to oversee the technical and management aspects with regard to the implementation of the first phase of the ASPIRE project, which will cover the installation of 4MW of solar PV systems in Male’ and Hulhumale’. Client: Ministry of Environment and Energy Maldives – ASPIRE project (Jan 2015 – present)

Grid-connected Solar PV System for Thinadhoo Island diesel grid operated by Upper South Utilities Limited, Maldives 

EDG was contracted to provide technical support to the Ministry of Environment and Energy Maldives – CECM. The development objective for the CECM project is to reduce the dependence on imported fossil fuels for power generation through the use of renewable energy resources and adoption of energy efficiency measures in an island community in the Maldives. Displacement of diesel fuel in island diesel mini-grids, using high penetrations of solar PV, provides considerable opportunity for fuel savings to the utility operator. A proven replicable installation with monitoring system and control system provides accurate insights on diesel cost savings, and challenges with high penetration PV on isolated large scale PV/diesel mini-grids,.  This pilot intends to provide a gateway for scale-up using SREP funding, on the many hundreds of island mini-grid systems running on diesel in Maldives.   The project entailed design, specification, procurement, supervision and stability assessment of 550kWp grid-connected PV system in PV/diesel mini-grid configuration for CECM project, on Thinadhoo Island.  Client: Ministry of Environment and Energy Maldives – CECM (Feb 2012 - Nov 2014)

Monitoring the Performance of the Solar Home Service Provider in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa / financed by KfW 

The solar concession utility has a target deliverable of 30,000 new household customers in 4 years, using subsidised solar home systems of 65-95Wp on a fee-for-service basis. The purpose of the Monitoring Consultant is to monitor the performance of the solar off-grid concession utility in the rural Eastern Cape province, South Africa. Monitoring is done by field workers through frequent technical surveys of new installations and “older” customers, as well as ongoing customer and potential customer social sampling – important to determine whether needs are being met, whether standards are being met, and to assess willingness and ability to pay on an ongoing basis.  Other monitoring activities include laboratory testing of equipment, data-logging of sample systems, monitoring of grid extensions, focus groups and quarterly stakeholder meetings. The main role of the monitoring consultant is to check and approve the quality of installations, maintenance, and adherence to customer service standards, and to verify and approve quarterly invoices submitted by the off-grid service provider to the client. The MC has also provided high level inputs to programme design as part of the mid-term review of the project. Client: Department of Energy – (April 2010 – June 2016)

Technical assistance (TA) for the European Commission (EC) 1000 solar schools programme  

EC is providing funding of R100m for ESKOM to implement 1000 1kWp solar systems for rural schools. The TA unit, comprising of IT Power and local partner EDG, provides financial and technical reporting and auditing to the EC, as well as providing technical experts to ESKOM to ensure that the project optimally meets the planning, developmental, educational, capacity building, technical, financial and economic, and developmental criteria in the project proposal.  The project will be compared with international institutional solar electrification projects. Client: European Commission, IT Power, Department of Energy, ESKOM.

Solar Pumping for Communities - Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) 

The project aimed to promote the appropriate use of solar pumping for community water supply in South Africa. It was aimed at community representatives, NGOs, planners and technical consultants, and intended to provide information which will help to build their capacity in the appropriate choice of pumping technology, as well as in suitable design, installation, operation and maintenance practices for community solar pumping systems.  The project involved three phases: (1) research and interaction with local industry and other players; (2) development and production of various information outputs; (3) pilot programme to test information outputs and familiarise DWAF and implementing agents with solar pumping. Client: Department of Water Affairs and Forestry