Project Title: Structuring of an International Network of Solar Technology and Application Resource Centres (UNIDO Project ID: 190370)
UNIDO in partnership with the General Directorate for Natural Resources and Energy (DGRNE) of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Natural Resources (MIRNA, former MOPIRNA) and the National Designated Authority (NDA) at the Ministry of Planning, Finance and Blue Economy (MPFEA) are implementing the GCF readiness project “Building institutional capacity for a renewable energy and energy efficiency investment programme for São Tomé and Principe”. It is being executed in close coordination with the ongoing GEF funded UNIDO project “Strategic program to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency investments in the electricity sector of São Tomé and Príncipe”. It is also linked with the regional activities of the Central African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CEREEAC), which was recently established by UNIDO and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) in Angola, Luanda.
In this context, UNIDO is seeking consulting support for the development of a baseline assessment, policy guidelines and a draft regulation to spur the introduction of solar thermal technologies in different energy consumption sectors in Sao Tome and Principe.
Specific objective of the assignment
The main objective of the UNIDO contracted assignment is to provide the General Directorate for Natural Resources and Energy (DGRNE)/MIRNA with first basic guidance on how to promote market uptake of solar thermal products (components) and services in STP. This requires a proper analysis of the technological alternatives, technical and regulatory guidance for their use, and a regulation to encourage consumers and suppliers to purchase more efficient and cleaner alternatives while generating jobs and local revenues.
The main objective of this consultancy support is to develop a baseline assessment to pave the way for the development of policy guidelines and a regulation to incentive market development of solar thermal applications. Primary and secondary information shall be collated using mixed-method approaches, including consultations with national stakeholders and energy users to ensure the needs of the STP population are taken into account. Some of the relevant institutions to be consulted would be EMAE, AGER (the national regulator), Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Commerce and Industry (SENAPIQ-STP), and other key stakeholders identified by the contractor in consultations with DGRNE/MIRNA. The work will be complemented by the development of a concept note and capacitybuilding activities through the conduction of trainings and webinars. The latter to be organized by UNIDO in coordination with the GNSEC network. The assignment may also build the basis for a regional approach to be facilitated by UNIDO through the newly inaugurated clean energy centre CEREEAC in Luanda, Angola.
Interested and qualified bidders shall submit their written proposals in English or Portuguese:
• Technical proposal (including proposed approach and methodology, work and activity plan, detailed CVs of experts, copies of university degrees, certifications, licenses as well as a proven track record of implemented assignments); the proposal shall refer to best practice examples of solar thermal solutions;
• Separate financial proposal in USD including all costs and taxes (includes a detailed work-time expert-diagram indicating daily rates for individual team members); offers without clearly stating the all-in price will be rejected; The bidder should submit the financial offer in the format shown under the Annex (breakdown of the financial proposal). Bidders must have an account in US Dollars in which they provide their financial offer.
• Documents demonstrating the quality of the track-record of the project team with regard to areas such as RE & EE policies, legislation, solar thermal energy projects, trainings and other legal energy frameworks;