Project Everest

HANDOVER: February 2018 Energy Assessment Timor-Leste

February has been a productive month in terms of progressing the project forward and getting it to a stage where it will be a smooth handover for the July team. The Team prepared a lot of material for a number of different collaborations and potential sales for the July team to follow up on and continue when they are in country. The following are achievements that can be attributed to the February Energy Assessment Team, we recognise that we couldn’t have done any of this if it wasn’t the previous work done by the previous Energy Assessment Teams, so a shout out to you guys.


A Potential CNEFP Sale (OUR FIRST SALE!!!):

Following on from the January team’s stage 2 assessment at CNEFP (trade school, like TAFE) the February team has signed a contract with Hugh Collett to guarantee Project Everest receives 5% commission for our contribution to the sale. We plan to use this commision to build our capital for future rural expansion opportunities and use this sale as a learning experience to further develop our reputation and industry knowledge and skills.


Business Assessments:

The business assessment protocol was developed throughout the months of January and February. In February, twenty businesses in Central Dili were assessed through stage one, through a standardized questionnaire, tailored to different business types. 25% of those businesses provided an EOI which led to assessment stage two. Stage two involves a drone assessment to visualise roof space, as well as an electrical assessment to measure capacities. The business assessment protocol development was crucial to keeping our data and customer progress on track.


Drone Assessments:

A unique feature about the Energy Assessment Team is that we conduct our assessments with a drone to provide a quote for businesses and households. This month the team conducted drone assessments on potential clients in Dili with the most promising sale being through HFC (Harmony Fitness Centre). HFC is currently undergoing an expansion to double their operating capacity and has been previously interested in purchasing solar to account for blackout and need to reduce utility bill expenditures.


Rural Expansion Plan (REP):

The development of the Rural Expansion Plan was a fundamental document which laid the foundations for the July team. The Rural Expansion Plan discusses the intention to expand the solar market from businesses in Dili to rural regions of Timor-Leste. The document outlines the financial projectory and social impact we intend to make with the project. The document is a fundamental element to the project as it can be used for funding pitches and government proposals, which we have established for the July Team to hopefully carry through.


Rural Assessments:

There was a rural assessment in Dare and Mascarenhas, which expanded upon our visited areas from Hera in January. The purpose of this visit was to conduct a case study on the basis that Dare was connected to the grid and didn’t pay for it and Mascarenhas being in the same position but having to pay the tariff of $0.24 USD/kWh. Both experienced issues with the electricity supply, including blackouts and surges and the assessment was an excellent indicator as to gauge the interest of solar energy systems as an alternative source of energy pending on it being more economically viable in both the short and long term.


Actemium Proposal:

The Actemium proposal document was initially a presentation to student solar technicians at CNEFP, in late February. After this initial introduction, a connection was made between Jonathan Sindel, his two colleagues (who are the directors and trainers of the elite program) and the Energy Team. Conversation regarding professional work experience for the students occurred which lead to the requirement of a defined plan of action. The proposal document was hence developed to outline the key agreements of the partnership, the standard for assessments to be carried out and communication between the parties.  


The February monthly goals were in line with what we achieved this month which demonstrates that the commitment and passion from the team to make a positive impact in Timor-Leste to work towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our main monthly goals were as follows:

  1. Make 10 Sales - We’ve made potentially two which is a huge achievement due to the amount of work and commitment that went into each of those sales.

  2. Conduct 6 Rural Assessments - We successfully conducted two on the basis of a case study and were unfortunately limited to a restriction of not being able to travel more than 2 hours outside of Dili.

  3. Finalise Rural Expansion Plan - This was done in Week 3 and was a major goal for this month that felt amazing to complete.

  4. Complete analysis of potential alternatives - This was done, not just for energy alternatives, but suppliers of both solar panels and batteries as well.

  5. 5 Workshops - We completed a successful workshop that was presented to ACTEMIUM which will be a huge opportunity for the Project in terms of working towards collaborating and working towards becoming autonomous.


The February Team established crucial foundations for the July team in terms of autonomizing the business, standardising protocol for assessments and the development of the Rural Expansion Plan (REP).


Our relations and Actemium proposal has established a connection for the July Team to develop a program to train students to conduct assessments while not in country. The standardisation of the assessments (i.e. stage one and stage two), allow for simple and consistent data collection. Finally, the development of the REP has laid a direction for the July Team to build on and develop further in order to meet our ultimate goal: Energising Timor!

edited on 2nd July 2018, 06:07 by Wade Tink

Jock Willoughby Feb 23, 2018

That's a wrap :)

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Wade Tink Jul 2, 2018

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Andrew Vild Aug 16, 2018

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