Monday, 6 Jan 2020

New OFID/UNDP project “Energy Access SME Development”

Within the OFID/UNDP project “Energy Access SME Development” OJSC “Systemavtomatika” will implement the following tasks in 10 villages of Soughd, Khatlon, Districts of Republican Subordination and GBAO of Tajikistan.

The main objective of this sub‐project is creation of affordable business environment amongst rural Women in 10 pilot villages of Tajikistan for energy access to small-scale GE and RES technologies among rural women population and SMEs.

It is planned that the target groups will be women society and community residents including women-SMEs operating in 10 villages of Tajikistan and engaged in promotion of small-scale GE & EE technologies in Soughd, Khatlon, DRS and GBAO districts of Tajikistan.

To achieve the above‐mentioned objective, the sub‐project aims to do the following actions (but not limited to):

  1. Assessment of energy demand in 10 pilot villages. Establishment of energy committees amongst Women and youth population;
  2. Selection of a women-leader moderator in each village to connecting project with rural communities;
  3. Conducting of training of trainers on small-scale RES technologies and accessible energy technologies for small-scale production workshops (sewing, fruit drying, etc.), lightening, cooking and heating on the local level for Women groups members, TOT moderators and activists of 10 villages;
  4. Development of an Action Plan in each village which should be developed in participatory manner with rural women groups and local communities including women-SMEs;  

With a purpose of solving of current social problems several small-scale RES technologies should be installed in social facilities and small production workshops:

  • Installation of 30 solar PV systems up to 1-2 kWt capacity in social and public facilities, like schools, medical houses, kindergarten, orphanage houses, baths/ Hamam, sport complex, etc.;
  • Installation of 8 solar PV systems up to 1.5-3 kWt capacity for development of women business and farming including local production workshops (sewing, fruit drying, dairy, canteen, canning, etc.) and other small-scale business manage by Women groups in rural areas;  
  • Establishment of Women groups from village activists for repair of equipment and conducting of technical training for women groups on small-scale RES/ EE technologies and equipment (solar PV sets, solar WH, EE cookstoves, solar kitchen, heaters, etc.);
  • Conducting of 50 small-scale demo projects with solar kitchens and EE cookstoves/ heaters for women entrepreneurs and local farmers including shepherds and pasture users;
  • Installation of 70 solar water heaters (100 liter capacity) and 30 solar water heaters (200 liter capacity)  for rural women on the level of households and 7 solar water heaters (500 liter capacity) for social and public facilities, like schools, medical houses, kindergarten, orphanage houses, baths/ Hamam, sport complex, etc.);
  • Providing of 100 small-scale portable PV systems with lamps and charging of cell phones for households;
  • Providing of 100 small-scale portable PV systems with lamps and charging of cell phones for shepherds, pasture users, livestock keepers, beekeepers;
  • Conducting of information campaigns with participation of beneficiaries, on the radio, video clips, brochures with case studies, round table on management of energy resources and promotion of RES technologies. Distribution of published materials among on the local level.

It is expected, that by the implementation of this sub‐project the following results will be achieved (but not limited to):

  1. Improve access to energy and demonstration of sub-projects:

Installation of 30 solar PV systems up to 1-2 kWt capacity in social and public facilities (like schools, medical houses, kindergarten, orphanage houses, baths/ Hamam, sport complex, etc.) and Installation of 70 solar water heaters (100 liter capacity) and 30 solar water heaters (200 liter capacity)  for rural women on the level of households and 7 solar water heaters (500 liter capacity) for social and public facilities, like schools, medical houses, kindergarten, orphanage houses, baths/Hamam, sport complex, etc.). There sub-projects should be in close collaboration with energy committees. At least 8,101 households (including 4,500 women-headed households) should benefit from these projects. Local households should reduce their energy costs to 10-15% by reducing use of fossils and firewood;

  • Improve access to energy for business for development of women entrepreneurship in terms of quality and quantity

Installation of 8 solar PV systems up to 1.5-3 kWt capacity for development of women business and farming including local production workshops (sewing, fruit drying, dairy, canteen, canning, etc.) and other small-scale business manage by Women groups in rural areas; At least 750 women will improve business conditions through use of small-scale RES technologies and EE techniques (cooking, heating, etc.).

  • Improvement of management of local energy resources

Establishment of Energy Women Groups on the bases of Women Resource Centers which should solve energy scarcity problems in 10 pilot villages, development of local energy efficiency strategy and diversification of energy sources. Trainings of energy women groups and on-job practical activities for use of RES technologies and basic operation and maintenances (O&M) of installations should be conducted / provided. At least 20 community representatives (15 women and 5 men) should be involved in each energy women groups. Besides, capacity building workshops should be conducted.

  • Distribution of portable small-scale solar equipment

Providing of 100 small-scale portable PV systems with lamps and charging of cell phones for rural households; Providing of 100 small-scale portable PV systems with lamps and charging of cell phones for shepherds, pasture users, livestock keepers, beekeepers.

  • Conducting of information campaigns

Information campaigns with participation of beneficiaries, on the radio, video clips, brochures with case studies, round table on management of energy resources and promotion of RES technologies. Distribution of published materials among on the local level.