Renewables for Development -RforD-
Renewable Energy for Developing Countries




Both Climate Change and Poverty Alleviation are global challenges of large scale. They require a sustained effort to fight them. That’s why RforD as many other initiatives engage in development and/or renewable energy projects.
However, single projects won’t take us far.

There are 2 billion rural poor in developing countries today without access to reliable energy services. There will be 4 billion in 20 years.

Industrialised countries account for most of the historic accumulation of greenhouse gases (GHG). However, due to economic growth, developing countries will probably surpass them in terms of emissions by 2009.

The stake is high: the living conditions of the rural poor – and our global climate.

RforD has developed a sustainable replicable model for multiplication of RE enterprises tailored to the specific needs of developing countries.

Making use of this model, RforD, with the support of funding partners, will be able to multiply significantly the social, economic and ecological benefits of RE production. RforD is about to prove the social and financial feasibility of the RforD model that has already won international recognition from the United Nations Foundation, as well as applause from local NGOs in developing countries.

How to Achieve Multiplication?

Focal Point Establishment

RforD relies on the establishment of supportive institutional infrastructure in the form of focal points in each target country or region. Focal points are the crucial element for multiplication, as well as for socially sustainable projects.

RforD is not a project executor itself, it is a project supervisor, an intermediary between all stakeholders involved, a facilitator, a broker, a controller.

Field projects are implemented by focal points. Focal point staff are recruited in target countries and are representatives of NGOs in RE or development, local authorities, financing institutions and of local communities.

Focal point staff receive a thorough introduction in the RforD model for RE entrepreneurship at a two months workshop. During this workshop, first a simulation of all stages of a RE project is carried out in order to familiarise the focal point with its task.

RforD & Focal Points Joint Activities

RforD and the focal point staff then identify the first project bundle (10 RE projects in one area) and prepare it for implementation:

This includes site identification, feasibility studies, empowerment of the future owners and directors of the RE production sites (technical and commercial training), creation of ownership structures, choice of appropriate technology and its supplier, as well as preparation of bankable business plans.

Throughout all this period, RforD assists the focal point in its work.

Focal Points Activities Without RforD

After preparation of the first project bundle together with RforD, focal points continue on their own. They recruit more staff and spread out to different regions in small teams in order to initiate a new project cycle.

One focal point made up of 5 people can prepare 60 RE projects in one year.

Focal points are in regular contact with RforD. They are paid by RforD and supervised. Focal points become professional RE project preparing entities.

RforD Tasks

Once focal points have accomplished project preparation, RforD seeks financing for project implementation: RET equipment purchase, construction and operation phase.

In one year, RforD conducts several focal point workshops. Our experienced trainers and business development practitioners take care of this task.

By setting up 5 focal points in 5 different regions each year, RforD can manage the preparation of 250 projects per year.

By setting up 10 focal points in 10 different regions each year, RforD could manage the preparation of 2.500 projects per year.

The RforD Model is a RE Project Planning

and Multiplication Mechanism

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