Platform Renewable Energies REPIC


REPIC is the platform of four offices of the Swiss Confederation (SECO, SDC, FOEN, SFOE). It supports projects for the transfer of Swiss know-how and technologies in developing countries and countries in transition with the aim of disseminating renewable energies and increasing the energy and ressource efficiency.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Global
Climate-friendly growth
01.04.2018 - 31.12.2022
CHF  3’000’000
Background

Access to energy is a sine qua non for human development, access to a better quality of life and economic development. REPIC is thus one of the pillars of Switzerland's commitment in developing and transition countries to the development of sustainable and affordable access to renewable energy and the sustainable use of natural resources. Switzerland supports with REPIC the Agenda 2030 (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

Objectives

The main objective of the REPIC platform is the transfer of knowledge and technology in order to develop renewable energies (RE), energy efficiency (EE) and resource efficiency (REF) in developing and transition countries.

Medium-term outcomes

SMEs, universities or NGOs carry out 54 concrete projects (41 of which have been successfully completed) in the field of RE / EE / REF in developing and transition countries, with the support of the platform.

16 projects supported by REPIC in the field of RE / EE / REF are as far as possible transposed on a larger scale, one to three years after the end of the pilot phase.

14 organizations supported by REPIC are involved in a partnership (e.g. for funding, replication).

Increased coherence and efficiency between the activities of the Confederation in the RE / EE / REF.

Results

Expected results:  

Financing of pilot or demonstration projects and projects to apply existing technologies. Use of Swiss products and know-how adapted to the implementation contexts.

Knowledge transfer between Switzerland and developing and transition countries.

Systematic coaching of selected projects to identify sources of funding for post-REPIC projects to international, private and public donors (e.g. SDC, SECO, other bilateral donors, IFI funds).

Meetings, workshops and regular information sessions with project owners and participation in workshops, congresses, relevant conferences on RE / EE / REF.

Intensification and promotion of network contacts at the national level (Confederation, private sector, NGOs) concerning ER / EE / ERE in international cooperation.

Coordination of Swiss contributions in selected initiatives.

Publication of Swiss strategies and common positions on renewable energies in international cooperation.


Results from previous phases:  

The following achievements marked the phase IV of REPIC (as of 31 May 2017):

- Support of 31 projects (10 in photovoltaics, 7 in energy efficiency, 5 in biomass, 2 in mini-hydro, 1 in solar thermal and 6 in resource efficiency).

- Development of the REPIC network activities with meetings of the REPIC community / conferences once a year on topics such as project replication, project clinics or the export of the European Energy Award.

- Development of links with the SECO Start-up Fund, the Technology Fund (FOEN), Swiss Global Enterprise and SECO / BW.

An external evaluation of the REPIC platform has been conducted in 2017 and gave positive results.


Directorate/federal office responsible SECO
Credit area Development cooperation
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    3’000’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    0 Budget inclusive project partner CHF    10’000’000
Project phases Phase 5 01.04.2018 - 31.12.2022   (Current phase) Phase 4 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2017   (Completed)