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ProjectBiomass Village Mini-Grids for Oil Palm Producing Communities
Client USAID
Description Camco was one of twelve recent winners of USAID’s Powering Agriculture Grand Challenge. This project is establishing 50 village grids and energy supply companies (ESCOs) in Benin and Tanzania. Camco is in partnership with Gazogen, who manufacturers micro-boiler power systems in the United States. Camco is responsible for the project’s marketing and training components. The project initially targets communities specialising in oil palm processing, then diversify towards other crops, such as rice, cashew, coffee, etc.
Period 2013 - 2016
ProjectSupply of Goods, Related Services and Management for the Photovoltaic Programme in the Kigoma Region of Tanzania
Client Millennium Challenge Corporation
Description Following the Sustainable Solar Market Packages (SSMP) project model, the project supported the installation of 440 stand-alone solar electric systems in schools, health centers, dispensaries, village markets and for beach management units (i.e. fishermen groups). The project also provided for the development of the household market via a variety of Camco-developed strategies, conducted marketing and awareness raising to the public, and trained local retailers, installers and end-users. On this project Camco joined Rex Investment Limited in a joint venture.
Period 2012 to 2013
 ProjectClusters Solar PV Project
 Client World Bank and European Union
 Description The project aims to develop the widespread use of solar PV technology within farmer and worker associations. These are commercial initiatives with private partners such as KiliCafe and the Rungwe Smallholder Tea Growers Association. Organized workers and farmers make bulk procurements of solar systems (home, business and social service), receiving wholesale prices for standardized systems, government subsidies and micro-finance. Initially piloted in the Southern Highlands area of Tanzania, the project has expanded and is being replicated in other parts of the Tanzania (Lake Zone).
 Period 2008 to 2015
 ProjectDevelopment of a 50MW grid-connected solar power plant
 Client FRV (private European project developer)
 Description Camco conducted a feasibility study and drafted a business plan for a 50MW solar power plant in Western Tanzania. The plant would cover 400 acres of land and feed power directly into the national power grid, in the Western and weakest point in the TANESCO grid. The project was eventually judged not to be feasible due to the relative insolvency of the national off-taker.
 Period 2012 to 2013
 ProjectDevelopment of USAID/EA’s Clean Energy Strategy
 Client USAID
 Description On behalf of the USAID/East Africa Regional Mission, Camco assisted in the design of a 5-year $20 million program, to include rural electrification, renewable energy, energy efficiency, policy and public institution strengthening components. This project’s implementation was delayed and it eventually was folded into USAID’s Powering Africa initiative, which was launched by President Obama in late 2013.
Period 2011
 ProjectRural Solar PV Market Facilitation Project
 Client Swedish International Development Agency (Sida)
 Description Camco was the implementing partner for a six-year $3.2 million project aiming to develop the market for solar PV technology for rural off-grid electrification. On behalf of the Government of Tanzania’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM) and the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (Sida), the project included providing business development services to companies in the industry, designing and conducting a nationwide solar PV marketing and awareness campaign, assisting in the development of credit products for the purchase of solar PV systems, reinforcing the Tanzanian Renewable Energy Association, and creating a system for the quality control of solar PV products imported into the country. Over its’ life the project witnessed a 20-fold increase in the size of the Tanzanian solar market, from 100kWp annual sales in 2005 to 2MW in 2010.
 Period 2005 to 2011
 ProjectCommunity Energy Business Plan Development
 Client Anglo American
 Description Camco is working with Anglo American to identify commercial opportunities and business models for SMME development in the implementation and management of sustainable energy interventions for low-income houses. Such interventions can include low pressure solar water heaters, energy efficient lighting, ceilings and insulation, and renewable energy solutions.
 Period 2011 to ongoing
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