Renewable energy and sustainable solutions
Greenovation is involved in a number of project development cases including renewable energy supply, waste to energy, wastewater management and water purification systems, with particular focus on the Middle East and Africa’s untapped potential in renewable energy harvest e.g. solar energy.
Greenovation’s role in these projects ranges from technical consultancy, due diligence, feasibility study and technology research/sourcing to international investment and funding advisory.
At the moment Greenovation is assisting Foundation Rural Energy Services (FRES) with business development for solar off-grid electrification in sub-Saharan Africa.
Foundation Rural Energy Services (FRES) advances rural electrification in developing countries by setting up small-scale commercial electricity companies in off-grid areas. FRES offers households and small local businesses access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy (e.g. derived from solar energy). FRES Netherlands provides the expertise and investments needed for the FRES businesses to start up, grow, and most importantly, become self-reliant. Currently there are five FRES companies in Mali, South Africa. Burkina Faso, Uganda and Guinea Bissau. A new FRES company will be established in Cameroon in 2016.
The majority of 1.2 billion people who have zero access to electricity are in about a dozen countries in Africa and Asia. Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today such as jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes. Sustainable energy is opportunity as it transforms lives, economies and the planet. On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Out of 17 SDGs, goal 7 is to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, something that FRES strives to achieve daily.