Mid-Term Evaluation: Promoting Renewable Energy in Mae Hong Son Province project

Date: 2013

Client: UNDP/GEF

Location: Thailand

Robert Aitken was the international consultant on the mid-term evaluation of the ‘Promoting Renewable Energy in Mae Hong Son province’ project. This 5-year, $2,7 million project aims at removing the barriers to renewable energy in the very rural and quite impoverished Mae Hong Son province. The mid-term evaluation assessed the progress to date and provided recommendations on a number of key issues, including management arrangements, project design and policy integration.

Integrating grid- and off-grid energy service delivery

Date: 2012-2013

Client: Department of Energy (DoE) and Kreditanstalft fur Wiederaufbau (KfW)

Location: South Africa

Outcome: Restio was contracted by the Department of Energy and Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) to undertake a review of the off-grid household population in the Eastern Cape and to develop a sustainable platform for integrating grid and off-grid electrification planning at the National, District and Local Municipality level.

Off-grid project definition and development – South Africa

Date: 2000 – 2004
Client: KfW (German Development Bank) & South African Department of Energy
Location: South Africa
Outcome: RAPS (of which Restio previously formed part) with lead consultant DECON developed a comprehensive project design document for an off-grid electrification project in rural Eastern Cape province (20 million Euros). Restio Energy conducted a socio-economic baseline study in the North West and Eastern Cape provinces. In addition to survey analysis, we also identified off-grid areas, taking into account grid planning. The information fed into the contract documentation used by the bidding organisations.

Feasibility study for rural electrification in the Sofala province, Mozambique.

Date: 2004 – 2006
Client: SCR International
Location: Mozambique
Outcome: The general assignment relates to the Energy Sector Program Support (ESPS) signed between the governments of Denmark and Mozambique, which has a key focus on using energy as an instrument for poverty alleviation. The more specific task entails a ‘post-feasibility’ assessment which will enable Danida to decide whether or not to fund the initiative. Restio Energy was principally responsible for reviewing additional activities that will enhance the social and economic benefits derived from the provision of electricity.

Energy Access Project – Lesotho

Date: 2007 – 2008
Client: European Union Energy Initiative/GTZ
Location: Lesotho
Outcome: The overall objective of this project is to significantly improve access to clean, reliable and affordable energy for cooking, lighting and productive use in rural and peri-urban areas of Lesotho. The immediate objective is a detailed, implementable programme describing how energy needs of the low-income groups in rural and peri-urban areas of Lesotho can be supplied with reliable and affordable modern energy forms, including possibilities for the productive use of energy. Restio Energy was sub-contracted to PDC to specifically look at productive use opportunities.