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The second SEPS call in 2013 is open! This time we focus on the introduction of energy efficiency, small-scale renewable energy technologies and knowledge exchanges in Latin America and the Caribbean. The deadline for submission of applications is 16th January 2014, 4pm GMT.
Starting this year, WISIONS initiative introduced a new structure to SEPS, its financial support scheme. From 2013 onwards, SEPS calls target specific regions and specific technologies. This aligns SEPS with the WISIONS regional partnerships and networks.
Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)The countries considered in this round of applications are those within the Caribbean, South and Central America, according to UN definition: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods/m49/m49regin.htm
This SEPS call is looking for project concepts that demonstrate how to apply small-scale renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency measures to meet energy-related needs and improve energy access for Latin American and Caribbean people. For example, projects might aim to meet energy needs for reliable electricity or heat supply, for food processing and conservation, or for water pumping and treatment.
We are particularly looking to identify projects that address problems/issues that are not yet mainstream and that offer innovative approaches/solutions and stimulate the productive use of sustainable energy. Additionally, we are looking for projects that can influence public opinion and regional decision makers in the field of renewable energy.
WISIONS promotes two regional networks in LAC; the biogas network RedBioLAC (and its Colombian subsidiary network RedBioCOL) and WindWorks. Therefore, we would be particularly interested in projects and knowledge exchange activities that concentrate on biogas and small wind technologies, but we are also receptive to projects that demonstrate the application of energy efficiency, other renewable energy technologies or hybrid approaches.
Projects can aim to provide solutions for small individual farmers, agro-businesses or small companies, or can address the aggregated needs at communal or municipal level. Find more information on the application process, criteria and application forms here: SEPS Energy Projects.