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Ukraine/Georgia: Women for a Sunny Energy Supply in EECCA

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 5, 2014
WECFEnergy poverty is a widespread phenomenon throughout Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA). Many poor people living in these regions can hardly pay the ever-rising electricity costs. To heat their houses in winter, they are often forced to burn wood, diesel or any other thing they can find, such as plastic - with all the harmful impacts on the environment. “Switch to the sun – live in comfort!” is what activists of Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) tell them in such a situation. WECF, an international non-governmental network of women’s and environmental organisations, is committed to helping people in rural areas in the Ukraine, Georgia and other countries of the EECCA region gain a sustainable energy supply, mainly by utilising solar water heaters. The photo shows the participants of a workshop with the newly built solar water heater in the city of Kamensk-Uralsk, Russia.
Photo: WECF/Ecoclub Ukraine

EBRD and USAID Promote Solar Thermal in Armenia

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 3, 2014
SOS children village in ArmeniaArmenia is better known in the world for unresolved territorial disputes with its neighbour Azerbaijan than for being a pioneer in solar thermal energy. In fact, the utilisation of solar energy for water heating and space cooling is not as common among the around 3 million Armenians as it could be. The Eurasian country at the foot of Mount Ararat has favourable climate conditions: According to the Armenia Energy Profile 2012 by Chinese online media agency glObserver, the sun in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, shines almost 2,600 hours each year and the average annual solar radiation across the country is around 1,720 kWh/m². The photo shows solar water heaters on a cottage in an SOS Children´s Village in Armenia. The systems were funded by the Clean Energy and Water Program (CEWP)
Photo: ME&A / CWEP

Caucasus Energy Efficiency Programme II (CEEP II)

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 3, 2014

In 2007, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) launched its Caucasus Energy Efficiency Programme (CEEP) a USD 60 million credit line for investments in energy efficiency measures and renewable energy projects in Armenia and Georgia. In July 2013, EBRD extended the programme with further USD 40 million unter the title CEEP II. In the framework of CEEP II there are two Sustainable Energy Financing Facilities for Armenia and Georgia, the Armenian credit line ArmSEFF and the Georgian Energocredit. In both countries ERBD granted commercial banks and other financial institutions loans which they make available to corporate and private clients for investments in energy efficiency measures and renewable energy projects like solar thermal installations.

Effective Date: 
Monday, July 1, 2013

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