The 100% Renewable Cities and regions Roadmap project and ICLEI African Secretariat in collaboration with the County Government of Kisumu, organized a 3- day training workshop on project development as part of the 100%Renewable Cities and Regions Roadmap project.
The 100% Renewable Energy project focuses on Kisumu County as a deep dive city with Nakuru and Mombasa counties as network cities.
The overall aim of the project is to develop realistic, sustainable pathways to model finance and implement renewable energy projects through defined roadmap process
The training held at the Sovereign Hotel in Kisumu, is geared towards improving Cities capacities in order to develop bankable projects that will shorten the path from good ideas to implementation and facilitate transition to 100% Renewable Energy (RE).
Some of the expected outcomes of the trainings is to: provide a background on the 100%RE project activities as it relates to project development, build capacity of city staff and provide a deeper understanding of the project development process leading to finance – ready proposals and project implementation, provide an overview of requirements for project bankability (checklist) and due diligence needed for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, and to present an opportunity for deeper engagement with city staff on the projects identified for the county.
Day 1and 2 were hybrid in nature where there was in person attendance, and online participants. Dr, Azizat on the first day gave an overview of the eight project development stages and later delved on stage one and two on project identification and expert engagement.
On the second day, the ICLEI world Secretarial, Rohit Sen took the participants through third to eighth stages of project development, which included: assessing options, early project finance, demonstrating feasibility, securing funding,( bankability checklist, light touch due diligence) and procurement (enabling factors, project finance).
Day three which was online meeting, Mr. Rohit Sen gave a recap and led discussions on project finance (funding models), innovative climate finance, barriers to access climate finance, the transformative actions program and evaluation and closing.
While closing the workshop on day two, the county Chief officer for Energy and Trade Mr. Joseph Oganaga thanked ICEI for their continued support and affirmed Governor’s commitment in supporting the 100% Renewable Energy Project.