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    Agricultural Produce Processing Equipment (APPE) with Renewable Energy

    martyncowsill C4D Enthusiast
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      Hello Everyone

      My company is trying to find evidence of the economic impact that results from providing not just renewable energy, but also the agricultural produce processing equipment (APPE) that is needed in remote, off-grid rural communities in the developing world. Why? Because we have found that, despite the fact that we can identify hundreds or thousands of sites where micro hydropower could be installed, that electricity is not going to have maximum impact if the communities we serve have zero electrically-powered equipment with which to make more money, reduce wastage, improve profitability.

      The idea of providing those communities with the APPE they need, along with the hydropower, all bundled up in the same finance package, sounds completely sensible in theory. But that's the problem. It's just theory. The private sector investors might like the idea of enabling these remote rural communities to make more money, and thereby make regular payments more likely, but they need evidence.

      So can anyone point me to projects where a community, which previously had no electricity and no APPE, was then monitored in its economic activity after electricity and APPE is provided?

      If the evidence doesn't exist, I'd like to create a project where we carry out exactly this kind of experiment.

        • Re: Agricultural Produce Processing Equipment (APPE) with Renewable Energy
          421soleils C4D Enthusiast

          Hello

          I work for rural electrification, real electrification, not SHS for led light and phone charge.

          Every time company search to match one point with another to know if they can have business, it's not the reality.

          When we build a mini grid in a village we learn ALL the possibility for economical development.

          When we start delivery energy lot of new job appear for make and repair clothes, make and distribute ice (electric ice machine), internet room, ... it's the most visible but it's only exist because other people can buy this goods. Agricole development and local transform are the engine of the village development, it's reality !!

          We monitored our projects to know if all our view for development are right but also for adapt as soon as we look at a problem or an inquiry from users.

          The most important problem is to get credit for equipment, bank are unable to understand, it's a pity but we have other solutions to help to start new agricole business.

          You have to understand it's global system. We want receive money for our electricity, if we don't have enough we fail and it's the end.

          We chose help people to build their job and create value and economical development, in this way it's Win/Win.

          Waiting your return

          JP.Viaut

          421soleils@afrique-energies-services.org

            • Re: Agricultural Produce Processing Equipment (APPE) with Renewable Energy
              martyncowsill C4D Enthusiast

              Bonjour Jean-Pierre

               

               

               

              Merci beaucoup pour votre email. J’espere que mon francais est aussi bien que votre anglais. Ensemble nour pourrions communiquer en Franglais !!!

               

               

               

              Je suis tout-a-fait d’accord: “The most important problem is to get credit for equipment, bank are unable to understand”

               

               

               

              Je trouve que si on va a la bank disant “Nous avons besoin de $100k pour installer cet equipment”, la reponse est: “Au revoir. Revient quand tu as besoin de $10 millions”

               

               

               

              Or, il est possible d’utiliser de la technologie de satellite pour observer tous les fleuves du monde, et d’identifier des centaines et milliards de locations ou on pourrait installer un $100k hydro turbine. 400 x $100k = $40m.

               

               

               

              Je vais retourner a la banque bientot. Et je dirai “Nous avons besoin de $38m pour les 400 hydro turbine installations (il y aura des economies de nombres en equipement), et $2m pour les machines agricoles. Avec les machines agricoles, les villagiers auront l’occasion d’augmenter leur profit, et d’ameliorer leur capabilite de payer l’electricite. Comme ca, Mr La Banque, on peut saufguarder votre $40m”

               

               

               

              Je ne suis pas ingenieur, Jean-Pierre. Mais j’ai etabli, avec assistance du Gouvernment Britannique (Vive la Reine!) un project en Uganda ou la technologie de satellite est en train d’etre demonstree. Si vous vous interessez dans les progress, je peux vous envoyer encore de details. Apres Uganda, j’aurai besoin d’un partenaire francophone.

               

               

               

              Ou est votre siege commercial?

               

               

               

              Salut!

               

               

               

              Martyn

            • Re: Agricultural Produce Processing Equipment (APPE) with Renewable Energy
              leye C4D Enthusiast

              Hello Martyn

              I think you should consider sites with prospect to serve the host communities and also supplement the national consumption, hence the electrical company will get income from outside the rural communities as well.

                • Re: Agricultural Produce Processing Equipment (APPE) with Renewable Energy
                  martyncowsill C4D Enthusiast

                  Hi

                  Would that mean that these mini-grids need to be connected to the grid? (I am not sure I understood your comments)

                  Martyn

                    • Re: Agricultural Produce Processing Equipment (APPE) with Renewable Energy
                      421soleils C4D Enthusiast

                      Hello

                       

                      No they are able to run himself off grid but and it's important they can be

                      connected to the grid or another mini-grid and get or receive energy.

                      At first you build one, it can produce local energy; it the local main you

                      can powered all the village and artisanal tools.

                      If you build a second one near, you can wired first and second and have

                      power exchange.

                       

                      Take care for distance between the 2 places, it's every time a study to

                      know if it's the good way.

                       

                       

                      Regards/

                      Salutations

                      J.P.Viaut

                       

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                      • Re: Agricultural Produce Processing Equipment (APPE) with Renewable Energy
                        leye C4D Enthusiast

                        Hello,

                         

                        iif the mini-grid can produce much more than the community can ccnsume,

                        what happen to the excess electricity, especially when it can power other

                        communities,. So yes, if it is feasible, then send the excess to the

                        national grid.

                         

                        On Apr 11, 2018 14:46, "Martyn Cowsill" <

                        • Re: Agricultural Produce Processing Equipment (APPE) with Renewable Energy
                          leye C4D Enthusiast

                          Hello,

                           

                          If I’m correct I think you want to provide electricity, primarily to help

                          power APPE of the community and at the same time help set-up these

                          businesses for success. Hence, you need money from the bank (the local

                          banks) not to help build the power station, but alsp to help entrepreneur

                          in the community set-up and run their businesses to achieve sustainable

                          growth and profit. That way they will be able to maintain the facility long

                          after you are gone. In that case, the most important part of your task is

                          helping the communities get their market share of the country.

                           

                          You are trying to improve the economy of   the community and not just

                          provide electricity. Before you provide the electricity, you must consider

                          doing the following;

                           

                          ·         Identify the agricultural produce that this community has the

                          comparative advantage of producing over others in the country.

                           

                          ·         Identify the source/ companies producing the inputs that the

                          farmers require.

                           

                          ·         Identify the companies manufacturing the APPE’s required to

                          process the farm produce.

                           

                          ·         Identify the companies/ localities consuming the community’s

                          products.

                           

                          The entities identified above, are your potential partners and not just the

                          banks. These are the entities that are most crucial to building the

                          community’s economy and not just the banks.

                           

                          If I am making any sense, then I believe I can help you fabricate a plan to

                          achieve your goals, otherwise I wouldn’t want to waste your time.

                           

                          Best Regards,

                           

                          Leye Fash

                           

                           

                          On Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 2:46 PM, Martyn Cowsill <

                            • Re: Agricultural Produce Processing Equipment (APPE) with Renewable Energy
                              martyncowsill C4D Enthusiast

                              Hi Leye Fash

                               

                              A Marketing Man! ... like me. I agree wholeheartedly with your views. Our problem is in persuading the aid agencies that a budget should be made available for this essential work. Would love to know more about your work.

                               

                              best wishes

                              martyn@microgenrenewables.com

                                • Re: Agricultural Produce Processing Equipment (APPE) with Renewable Energy
                                  leye C4D Enthusiast

                                  Hello,

                                  It’s good to know that I am making some sense.

                                   

                                  Once you can identify the companies (large scale production companies)

                                  producing the relevant APPE and other inputs (especially the most expensive

                                  ones’) required by the community, you will need to draw a proposal to those

                                  companies seeking their collaboration (not sponsorship) in your project.

                                  Those companies are interested in profit and not charity, therefore, your

                                  proposal will have to stress their benefits in the project.

                                   

                                  What you need from those companies, is that they provide their products to

                                  the entrepreneurs in the community with very little down payment, while

                                  they conclude the payment in installments within a stipulated period time.

                                  Its better for them to sell some units of their product and get paid in

                                  installments over a period of time than not to make any sales at all. The

                                  process will be of little or no risk to the companies, since they can

                                  reclaim their equipment once the entrepreneur defaults in paying the

                                  installments.

                                   

                                  You will need the bank to help facilitate the payments, so that your

                                  project will appear authentic and reliable to the companies.  Therefore,

                                  your proposal to the bank will be to ask for their partnership in executing

                                  your projects, their role will be to help facilitate the transactions

                                  between the companies and the community. You will also need to stress their

                                  benefits from the process.

                                  They will gain new clients from the community.

                                  Opportunity to advertise and get more sales for their financial products.

                                  They get commissions from all transactions

                                   

                                  You will have to coordinate the entrepreneur in the community, into support

                                  groups. Hence, they become active participants, and not just beneficiary of

                                  the project. Organizing seminars, workshops and trainings locally will help

                                  inform the community’s entrepreneurs on practices that will;

                                  help reduce their operational costs.

                                  Encourage sharing facilities, and equipment.

                                  Make bulk purchase as a group

                                  Improve the quality of their output, through group monitoring.

                                  Stating your plans for the community in your proposals to banks and the

                                  companies will show your readiness and foresight.

                                   

                                  The role of aid agencies will be just to provide funds as security to the

                                  banks and the companies. Your project will require little money from them,

                                  since your process will ensure profit for the community to pay for the

                                  APPE's it owns.

                                   

                                  Hope you find this useful.

                                   

                                  Best Regards,

                                  Leye Fash

                                   

                                  On 14 Apr 2018 22:47, "Martyn Cowsill" <

                                  • Re: Agricultural Produce Processing Equipment (APPE) with Renewable Energy
                                    leye C4D Enthusiast

                                    Hello

                                     

                                    This is a more elaborate version of my previous post.

                                     

                                    Banks, manufacturing companies (especially the ones producing the APPE

                                    required), and the aid organizations might not be willing to commit their

                                    funds/ resource to your project, even if you can guarantee that the

                                    benefactors of your project will successfully grow their business and pay

                                    back their loans. Conversely, they might be convinced if you can present a

                                    process that will ensure that the benefactors of your project will

                                    sustainably grow their businesses, and pay back their loans, while they

                                    (the sponsors) benefit/profit from the process as well.

                                     

                                    The community’s production process has three phases that are crucial to the

                                    success of your project, namely:

                                     

                                    THE INPUT PHASE

                                     

                                    The key/direct benefactors of your project are the entrepreneurs using

                                    APPE, therefore the process of acquiring input, as well as the sources of

                                    their input is crucial to your project. The sources of their inputs include

                                    the farmers within the community, package (plastics cardboards and crates)

                                    production companies, and the lubricant companies etc.

                                     

                                    Your project will benefit these companies in the following ways;

                                     

                                    ·         More profit from the community: increase in the number and

                                    production capacities of these entrepreneurs will lead to increasing their

                                    demands of their input items.

                                     

                                    ·         Your project will help create and improve the success of

                                    production processes that are in compliant with the environmental safety

                                    standards. These is an opportunity for these companies to become active

                                    participants in the global campaign to combat global warning and conserve

                                    our natural environment.

                                     

                                    ·         More networks for the companies, since your project is not

                                    limited to just one community.

                                     

                                    ·         The success of your project will also help improve the global

                                    image of the companies.

                                     

                                    The farmers within the community will make more profit, hence become better

                                    empowered to acquire the materials, tools, and equipment that will help

                                    improve the quality and quantity of their outputs.

                                     

                                    THE PRODUCTION PHASE

                                     

                                    The large-scale production companies producing the required APPE are your

                                    target. Therefore, your project will create a process that will facilitate

                                    these companies to provide their products to the entrepreneurs in question

                                    with little or no down payments while they complete the remaining

                                    installments over a stipulated period.

                                     

                                    These companies will benefit from your project the following;

                                     

                                    ·         Make more profit from the community: increase in the number and

                                    production capacities of these entrepreneurs will to increasing their

                                    demands of the require APPE.

                                     

                                    ·         More networks for the companies, since your project is not

                                    limited to just one community.

                                     

                                    ·         The success of your project will also help improve the global

                                    image of the companies.

                                     

                                    ·         This is an opportunity for these companies to show the world that

                                    they don’t just uphold the globally approved environment safety standards,

                                    but also influences others to do likewise.

                                     

                                    ·         Make sales to businesses that ordinarily will not be able to

                                    acquire their equipment.

                                     

                                    THE OUTPUT DISTRIBUTION/ SUPPLY PHASE

                                     

                                    It is not just enough to improve the production capacity of the community;

                                    therefore, it is more important to get sales for their output (products).

                                    These products are of two categories, finished and semi-finished goods.

                                     

                                    The supply process should eliminate middle-men, in other words, the

                                    community’s finished goods should go directly to the retailers that will

                                    resell them to the final consumers, and not to other retailers. This will

                                    help reduce the price of their products; hence, they become more

                                    competitive.

                                     

                                    The community’s semi-finished goods should be sold directly to the

                                    companies consuming them and not through suppliers. Therefore, the

                                    community makes more profit.

                                     

                                    The consuming companies will benefit the following from your project;

                                     

                                    ·         They will easily be able to influence the quality of their inputs.

                                     

                                    ·         The cost of acquiring their required inputs becomes cheaper,

                                    hence reducing their production cost.

                                     

                                    ·         Opportunity to locate their companies closer to their required

                                    inputs, since the primary goal of your project is to provide the

                                    electricity to power the community’s production process.

                                     

                                     

                                     

                                    THE BANKS AND AID ORGANIZATIONS

                                     

                                    Your project does not need money from the banks, however you need the banks

                                    to partner with you on the project to do the following;

                                     

                                    ·         Educate the community (especially the entrepreneurs) on the

                                    benefits of owning a bank account.

                                     

                                    ·         Help open business accounts for the entrepreneurs to facilitate

                                    their transactions.

                                     

                                    ·         Help manage the community’s business transactions, especially the

                                    process of paying their installments.

                                     

                                    ·         Educate and encourage the community on the use of e-transactions.

                                     

                                    ·         Educating the entrepreneurs on the importance of keeping their

                                    financial records.

                                     

                                    ·         Act as liaison between the community and the various companies

                                    they do business with.

                                     

                                    The benefits of your project to the banks includes the followings;

                                     

                                    ·         Entrepreneurs and individuals within the community becomes the

                                    banks costumers.

                                     

                                    ·         Commission from the community’s business transactions.

                                     

                                    ·         Opportunity to introduce their various financial products to the

                                    community.

                                     

                                    ·         Opportunity to connect with the various large-scale production

                                    companies that will do business with the community.

                                     

                                    ·         Opportunity to show the world that they support environmental

                                    safety standards.

                                     

                                    ·         Opportunity to boost the global image of the bank.

                                     

                                    ·         Opportunity to improve the bank’s influence since your project is

                                    not limited to just one community.

                                     

                                    To the aid organizations, the fund they will provide will serve as a

                                    security to the banks and companies releasing their resources that the

                                    benefactors of the project will pay the installments as agreed. Therefore,

                                    the funds that they will release for your project unlike other projects

                                    will be recycled.  The funds they will provide will help create the process

                                    that will eventually provide funds for other similar projects.

                                     

                                    The aid organizations should be informed that funding your project will

                                    create results ten times as much as spending that funds on other projects.

                                     

                                    Therefore, your proposals to these four categories of organizations, should

                                    stress what the respective organizations will benefit from your project;

                                    and the significance of the project to achieving their business goals,

                                    hence, the need for them to commit their resources to the success of the

                                    project.

                                     

                                     

                                    I wish I could do more than this, but i know nothing about your intended

                                    communities. however, I would like to be of help in any way possible.

                                     

                                    I hope you find this useful.

                                     

                                    Best Regards,

                                     

                                    Leye Fash

                                     

                                     

                                    On Sat, Apr 14, 2018 at 10:47 PM, Martyn Cowsill <