Solar Pumping 101: the what, why, and the how

solar-pumping-handbook-1Access to a safe, sustainable water supply is a growing concern in every region of the world. In many communities, groundwater is being pumped by diesel fueled systems, which are both expensive and can be difficult to maintain. In communities where electricity is scarce, solar can be a part of the solution.

The highest demand for solar pumps is among rural off-grid areas, currently underserved, or served by costly fuel-driven pumps. Solar pumping is most competitive in regions with high solar insolation, which include most of Africa, South America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia; but the technology can operate successfully in almost any regions of the world.

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eC2: Variable Renewable Energy Integration and Deployment

Deadline:  22-Feb-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Renewable-energy

Objective: The assignment has five objectives: (i) Analyze the technical and commercial constraints present in the dispatch system through discussions with NTDC and CPPA, and recommend specific improvements that could be implemented to increase the flexibility in the grid of the future generation and by adapting the current utilization of the installed generators; (ii) Analyze the actual and forecasted electricity demand and planned generation to provide technical inputs to the least-cost planning; (iii) Support and train the planning team (NTDC) in running a thorough least-cost planning tool that can integrate the variability of solar, wind and hydro as well as price ancillary services; (iv) Identify and propose specific changes to the energy market to increase flexibility in the system and price ancillary services looking at Energy Purchase Agreements (EPA), grid code requirements and ancillary service market; and (v) Build the capacity of the Client agencies to continue and further build on the analysis following the completion of this assignment.

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eC2: Post of Short Term Consultant (STC)- Energy and Water Advisory

pexels-photo-831890.jpegDeadline: 18-Feb-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: STC will require to do: Business Development and Client Support: data analysis, industry research, brand engagement of the Textile sectors in India, Sri Lanka and other countries as required and support the IFC business development efforts including negotiations with clients and acting as the client relationship manager; for selected projects/markets, undertake project preparation activities (e.g. feasibility studies) in order to support the development of projects which can be presented to the private sector for investment; Support the team to establish and maintain quality client relationships to ensure responsive client service and enhance new business opportunities; Maintain a good knowledge of IFC work programs to ensure timely delivery of tasks. Track project timetables, provide feedback and help with project team coordination. Perform various project related searches and prepare reports and respond quickly to queries from management and staff.

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eC2:Data collection for an energy efficiency and renewable energy assessment for an agri processor in Malawi

Renewable-energyDeadline: 17-Jan-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective:  The Consultant is expected to perform data collection by installing onsite metering devices and recording the readings over the period of several weeks. The data items will include overall electric demand and consumption at the level of a building/workshop, as well as for key individual units of equipment. The Consultant will measure the power output and supply from various sources, including the local power grid and diesel generators. The Consultant is also expected to measure solar irradiation at the company’s premises, as required to evaluate ground-mounted and rooftop solar power solutions Continue reading

eC2: SE4All Least-Cost Electrification Global Platform

Deadline: 07-Sep-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)logo

Specifically, the objectives of this assignment are threefold:
1. Develop a set of industry compatible data standards for electrification models data inputs and modelling outputs, primarily to facilitate data inputs reuse and comparability of outputs across models and countries;
2. Develop a scenario-based global model of least-cost electrification planning for universal access for all countries with electrification rate below 90% (as per World Bank Global Tracking Framework 2017)
3. Develop a web mapping application that demonstrates the global models results, and allows users to adjust certain parameters that affect least cost electrification planning, such as but not limited to:
a. Technology costs
b. Cost of diesel
c. Electrification level targeted
d. Timeline considered for universal access
The web mapping platform will need to ensure compatibility leveraging data standards specified as part of this assignment, notably to allow users to visualize other or future modelling results.

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eC2:Framework for Deployment of Solar-Energy Storage Solutions

Deadline: 15-Jun-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)solar-energy

The chosen consultant (or consortium of consultants) must have suitable experience with the technology (e.g. storage technology, global industry standards), markets (industry leading technology suppliers, market trends) and tendering processes (e.g. development of bid documents, management of competitive tenders, and understanding of bankability requirements). They should also have a demonstrated ability to communicate clearly to non-technical audience. People with prior experience of working in reputed national and/or international energy storage companies, especially on implementation of grid-connected energy storage solutions, would be given preference. The team with domestic/regional experience to spend significant time in field, backed by team with international experience in energy storage firms for quality assurance and as an advisory panel. Any changes to the proposed team members during actual execution of the assignment shall not be permitted (barring exceptional circumstances if justifiable). The short-listed consulting firms are encouraged to propose names of actual execution team against proposed positions

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Number of Carbon Pricing Initiatives Nearly Doubled over Past Five Years, says New Report

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BARCELONA, May 23, 2017 – The number of carbon pricing initiatives implemented or scheduled has almost doubled over the past five years, according to Carbon Pricing Watch 2017, a new publication released at the Innovate4Climate Summit today.

Since 2016, eight new carbon pricing initiatives have been put in place – three at a national level and five at a subnational level.

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eC2: Support to Maharashtra Energy Development Agency(MEDA) for Proliferation of Rooftop Solar Projects in Maharashtra – Thane

Deadline: 31-May-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

IFC is extending support to Maharashtra Energy Development Agency(MEDA) and would like to engage specific Technical Consultants who would support IFC in conducting review of the existing process of rooftop solar proliferation, identify gaps, provide recommendations and assist in development of IT architecture and application/tool to support adoption of rooftop solar by consumers. The actual proliferation implementation will be done for Thane as of now.

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eC2: Vietnam Electricity Credit Rating and Bond Issuance Advisory Services

Deadline: 25-May-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) India Energy

The assignment will support the Vietnam Electricity (EVN)in preparing for a credit rating and in defining a bond issuance strategy. Subsequently EVN will decide whether to proceed with an actual credit rating(Phase 2)and a bond issue(Phase 3).
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