Frequently Asked Questions

K-CEP Clean Cooling Demo Project

This FAQs sectionprovides guidance on how to complete the Application Form for grant and technical assistance available from the Cooling Demo Project. Interested applicants are advised to download "Guidelines for Submission of Proposals for Grant and Technical Assistance", and review all relevant information before directing any queries to the Cooling Demo Project (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) is a philanthropic collaboration launched in 2017 to support the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, through support for the transition to energy efficient, clean cooling solutions for all. More details at http://www.k-cep.org/.

The Cooling Demo Project aims to enhance awareness and knowledge of policy makers and private sector organizations in Pacific island countries and territories (PICTs) on innovative technologies and business models for efficient and clean cooling applications in commercial, retail, agricultural and government sector. It is hoped that this enhanced awareness and knowledge can help Pacific Islands to adopt such technologies as well as the policies and financial mechanisms that help their adoption. The Cooling Demo Project is funded by the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) and managed by the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC), www.iiec.org.
Innovative efficient and clean cooling technologies under the Cooling Demo Project must be refrigerant- and non-refrigerant-based cooling and refrigeration technologies, including but not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Cooling and refrigeration products/systems for agricultural, dairy and meat products;
  • Cooling and refrigeration products/systems for medical applications;
  • Cooling and refrigeration products/systems for residential, government commercial and industrial facilities.

The above products and systems can either be powered by grid-electricity or stand-alone renewable energy systems or a combination of both. In case a refrigerant-based cooling/refrigeration product/system is proposed, the refrigerant shall be zero or reduced Global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant. Please visit the Cooling Demo Project website, http://iiec.org/coolingdemo for more information about some potential innovative efficient and clean cooling technologies.

In terms of innovative cooling business models, the Cooling Demo Project aims to promote an innovative approach to deliver efficient and clean cooling to end-users. These would include but not limited to:

  • Pay-As-You-Save (PAYS)/ on-bill financing model: Investments in efficient and clean technologies for cooling and refrigeration for homes and businesses are repaid over time through electricity bills, using the energy savings generated.
  • Cooling-as-a-Service (Caas) model: Under this model, customers do not own the cooling infrastructure, and investment costs in installation and maintenance of the cooling/refrigeration equipment by suppliers/project developers are recovered through periodic payment made by customers who pay for cooling services. These payments are fixed-cost-per-unit for the cooling service delivered (for example, dollars per tonnes of refrigeration, or cubic metres of cooled air), and are based on actual usage.

Please visit the Cooling Demo Project website, http://iiec.org/coolingdemo for more information.

The Cooling Demo Project provides grant and technical assistance to successful applicants in the demonstration of innovative efficient and clean cooling technologies or business models. In addition to grant support, the Cooling Demo Project also provides following technical assistance:

  • Business matching between international suppliers of innovative efficient and clean cooling technologies and potential partners in PICTs;
  • Verifying cost/benefits of demonstration projects;
  • Training (with expected contribution from international suppliers);
  • Documenting and marketing lessons learned

K-CEP has provided up to USD 100,000 to support demonstration of efficient and clean cooling technologies and innovative business models in the Pacific, and, under this available funding, the Cooling Demo Project provides the maximum grant of USD 20,000 per project. In case multiple demonstration projects are to be implemented in a specific country, the total grant support for all demonstration projects in one country shall not exceed USD 20,000. The project grant cannot be used to cover costs of business-as-usual activities of the applicants.
The Cooling Demo Project aims to support demonstration of innovative efficient and clean cooling technologies or business models in any of the following 22 PICTs: American Samoa, the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, the Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna.
The Cooling Demo Project provides financial and technical assistance for demonstrations of innovative efficient and clean cooling technologies to mitigate barriers pertaining to initial investment costs and knowledge which constraint greater adoption of efficient and clean cooling in the Pacific. The Cooling Demo Project has no specific technical focus on cooling technology or business models for a specific PICT, however applicants must ensure that the proposed demonstrations do not duplicate existing efforts already supported by other donor/international development agencies, but rather generate synergies with the existing ones.
Government agencies, authorities, private companies and NGOs are eligible to apply for the financial and technical assistance available from the Cooling Demo Project.
Applicants can partner with other organizations to meet human resource requirements, technical capacity and financial capacity to implement the proposed project. The applicant, or one of the applicant’s partners, must have a registered office address in one of PICTs. Collaboration among PICTs and between PICTs and other countries is considered as the key advantage of the proposal. Note that an applicant can be a lead applicant in only one (1) proposal, however a lead applicant of one proposal can also join an unlimited number of other proposals as a partner. If an applicant submits more than one proposal as a lead applicant, all proposals submitted by this applicant will be disqualified.
K-CEP and the Cooling Demo Project aim to support the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol for the transition to energy efficient, clean cooling solutions for all, and it is important to ensure that the proposed demonstration projects are relevant to the national policies and strategies on energy efficiency and refrigerant management. Applicants shall inform the national Energy Efficiency and Ozone Units in the respective target countries of implementation about their intention to demonstrate of innovative efficient and clean cooling technologies.
Proposals for grant and technical assistance for Cooling Demo Projects are due on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019, by 6pm, U.S. Pacific time (GMT -7). IIEC may issue another call for proposals after reviewing the submitted proposals depending on various factors including the number and strength of proposed demonstration activities. {slider=Over what time period will Cooling Demo Project provide support?}The implementation period for demonstration activities shall be from 1st June 2019, and completed before June 30th 2020.
Proposal submitted will be screened and evaluated againt the criteria shown in the Guidelines for Submission of Proposal for Grant and Technical Assistance. Please visit the Cooling Demo Project website, http://iiec.org/coolingdemo for more information.
IIEC will collate queries on Cooling Demo Project and the proposals and then share answers to these questions publicly before the application is due, so all applicants can benefit from these clarifications. Please send any queries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The agreement to provide grant and technical assistance will be between the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC) and the successful applicant. Further details on the contracting arrangements will be provided to successful applicants.
Please see the figure below about steps to submit a proposal.