4 September 2012 – The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has opened its 9thprogramme cycle with a call for proposed clean energy projects targeting key emerging markets and a selection of developing countries in Africa and Asia.

“We’re searching for what we call tipping point projects;” says Martin Hiller, who took over the director general position at REEEP in December 2011, “which means we want to fund initiatives that will push clean energy solutions up the growth curve, as opposed to one-off pilot projects.”

REEEP is seeking tipping point proposals in five key thematic areas; scaling up successful business models, supporting off-grid generation, harnessing the benefits of clean energy in both food production and in reliable water supply, and opening up energy data in emerging markets. The maximum amount of funding per project is €150,000, so preference will be given to those who bring significant co-funding to the mix. Businesses, project developers, governments, regulators and development institutions are all encouraged to apply.

This funding round is made possible by donations from the governments of Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Geographically, REEEP’s traditional focus on the key emerging markets of Brazil, China, India and South Africa is now widened to include Columbia and Peru, Ghana, Indonesia and Vietnam thanks to Swiss funding.

The application process is internet-based and streamlined, with the goal of selecting the 30 projects to be funded by mid-December 2012. For full, detailed information on REEEP’s 9th call for proposals and how to apply go to http://call4proposals.reeep.org

REEEP is a non-profit organisation specialised in boosting the market conditions for clean energy in emerging markets and developing countries.  The Partnership was established in 2002 and is now comprised of more than 400 partners including 45 governments as well as a range of private companies and international organisations.

Since its inception, REEEP has disbursed €14.4 million for more than 150 projects, and tripled this investment by leveraging an additional €29.4 million in co-funding. The funded initiatives aim to improve energy access by promoting innovative finance and business models to activate the private sector and/or by assisting governments in creating stable regulatory and policy frameworks.