Finnish-funded EEP Mekong calls for proposals


Clean Energy Promotion in the Mekong Region will be supported via Finnish funding.

The Energy and Environment Partnership Programme with the Mekong Region (EEP Mekong) has recently embarked on its second phase and will be running until 2018. The Programme is seeking high-quality applications for projects improving livelihoods and climate resilience in rural communities and semi-urban areas in the EEP Mekong countries through improved access and use of reliable, sustainable and affordable energy. EEP is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

For the CfP, the focus is promising local private sector clean energy project opportunities that are close to commercial maturity but need a limited amount of ‘bridging’ finance to enable sustainable business growth.

CfP applications are sought in two stages: 1) Concept notes (current stage), based on which successfully ranked applicants are invited to submit 2) Full project proposals.


Concept note applications will be screened in terms of key criteria, including of the following types:
a) project or business idea
b) capability of the applicant
c) development impacts and climate change mitigations
d) Scale-up/replication potential and/or potential to mobilize future investment, and
e) financial leverage (co-financing share).

The evaluation criteria for Concept Notes and Full Project Proposals are shown in the CfP guidelines. It is considered as an advantage if projects aim at creation of local jobs and/or supporting female entrepreneurs and other vulnerable groups.

How to apply:

About the partnership
Based on lessons learnt so far, the new phase of the programme aims to increase its impact and effectiveness by narrowing its focus on increasing and improving access of rural population to sustainable and affordable energy services and products in the Mekong countries.
The aim is also to increase the climate resilience of local communities through local decentralized renewable energy solutions.

To achieve its objectives the programme will support both piloting and scaling up of district- or village-level energy delivery inclusive business models and renewable energy technologies that meet the needs of end-users and provide sustainable energy services that are affordable, efficient and of good quality.

The EEP Mekong Regional Coordination Unit (RCU) is based in Vientiane – Lao PDR.


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