September was a very productive month for EKOenergy!
- Our Finnish direct marketing project started. We are now making the final deals with EKOenergy suppliers and recruiting the first freelance sellers. The pilot phase runs until December. After that we should be ready for take-off.
- New people joined the Secretariat. There are now 12 of us, from 9 different countries.
- 14 organisation responded to our call for river restoration projects. The selection process for who will receive funding is ongoing.
- We finalized the English version of an online course about Green Power, for the Green Building Councils and LEED. We are now translating the same course into German.
2. News from Tanzania
We got a surprising message from our Tanzanian partners: they have made a video about our renewable energy project at Ngarenanyuki Secondary School, Tanzania.
The school has installed a turbine on an irrigation canal, two wind turbines and solar panels. All the systems are interconnected with a smart inverter and a set of batteries.
The project is the result of a cooperation between Istituto Oikos (Italy), SunEdison, the University Politecnico di Milano and EKOenergy.
Click here for more information about EKOenergy's Climate Fund, where you also find information about other financed projects.
3. Prize for river restoration activities
EKOenergy is again finding success in Italy. We got the "Best Practice For Lakes Award" at the Echogreen Festival, Castiglione del Lago (Perugia), Italy.
Our winning river restoration project was developed last year in south-east Finland on the Ala-Koitajoki River. The project had two main aims: restoring the river in order to improve the salmon habitat, while starting a six-year research and monitoring project. The restoration work took place in two rapids on the river, Pamilonkoski and Kuusamonkoski. Due to their location, the rapids were accessible only by helicopter.
The project proved that a collaboration between public organisations and private companies is not only possible, but also successful. Without Vattenfall's economic contribution it would not have been possible to restore the river; and without EKOenergy and the other organisations' experience, the project would not have been developed.
We are proud to announce that the international network Global 100% RE (with an office in Hamburg, Germany) has decided to become a member of the EKOenergy Network.
Global 100% RE and EKOenergy share the same objectives and the same convictions. The evolution towards a 100% renewable world is sure, but whether it will be fast enough to avoid catastrophic climate change depends on our generation's actions.
Global 100% RE and EKOenergy have a very complementary way of working. Together we are stronger, in Germany and worldwide.
5. Welcome Good Energies Alliance Ireland
Good Energies Alliance Ireland (GEAI) has also joined the EKOenergy Network!
GEAI is the only non-profit environmental NGO in Ireland focusing on energy issues. It campaigns against fracking and promotes renewable energy and energy efficiency, through research and public engagement.
GEAI is a volunteer based organisation. They also host several EVS volunteers (European Voluntary Service), just like EKOenergy.
Ilovirta is a new Finnish electricity supplier. They started on 1st October.
The company combines the sales of renewable electricity with charity. All Ilovirta consumers combine their purchase with a donation to famous Finnish charities. One of the possible beneficiaries is the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation.
If consumers choose to support The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation, their electricity supply will be EKOenergy-certified. (But only then!)
See www.ilovirta.fi for more information and to make an electricity contract.