The objective of the Extended Biogas Programme is to convert biogenic waste into useful energy via conversion into gas and then further conversion into thermal power or electrical power. It aims to promote innovative approaches in converting bio-waste to energy from around the country via the use of biogas technology. The project aims to bring together a variety of actors to promote knowledge sharing and to help form networks that will enable the business and development community to participate in productive and inventive partnerships with significant potential for waste management, use of waste as a creative source of “renewable energy”, as well as economic development.
Applications are invited from existing businesses and municipalities who are planning to generate energy from waste in the near future, and who can demonstrate a solid business idea. AEPC welcomes all eligible incoming entries submitted in the required format, which will be submitted to further screening as described in the eligibility criteria.
The Project Operational Manual (POM) describes the process that Developers of Large Biogas Projects need to follow in order to obtain support from the Alternative Energy Promotion Center. The POM also details how the review processes are carried out, who are the bodies that take part in it, and timescales for each of those.
The process is divided in the following stages, summarized below:
- Intake: the Developer shows its intention to carry out a waste to energy project by submitting an application form.
- Screening: the Developer hires a Prequalified Consultant to perform a Feasibility Study on the Proposed Project. If the result of the study is positive and AEPC approves it, the Developer moves on to the next stage.
- Selection: the Developer hires a Prequalified Consultant to perform a Detailed Feasibility Study on the proposed Project. Independent experts assess the study from a commercial, financial and technical viability and a Technical Review Committee approves or rejects the study based on the experts´ recommendations.
- Notification: if the Technical Review Committee approves the Detailed Feasibility Study, a Letter of Commitment is issued to the Developer confirming AEPC´s support for the project.
- Disbursement: 40% of the subsidy is disbursed to the Pre-qualified Construction Company upon commencement of construction. 50% of the total subsidy is disbursed to the Pre-Qualified Construction Company upon successful commissioning of the plant and meeting of the Performance Guarantees. 10% of the subsidy is disbursed to the Pre-Qualified Construction Company upon successful 1 Year Guarantee period following successful commissioning. SREP will reimburse to AEPC all or part of the 20% of the project cost as detailed in section 5 below at the commissioning stage, and, if any quantity remains due as part of the final 10% post 1-Year guarantee period, it will be disbursed after the satisfactory completion of this period.
- Impact assessment and lessons learned.
Funding will be provided on a first come first serve basis. Therefore, any project proponent that does not adhere to the timescales stated in this document may lose priority over other compliant projects.