Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge
This round of the Challenge is now CLOSED.
Read about the First round winners here!
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GE-Africa and USADF
Seek innovative off-grid solutions to “power up” rural Kenya and Nigeria
Maximum award US $100,000
Many marginalized communities, agribusinesses, and small enterprises lack access to power. But we know that Africans are driving economic growth with innovative, renewable energy solutions. We want your answer to delivering power to underserved areas.
Eligible applicants include:
We want to hear from you!
Apply now through October 16, 2013
This Challenge is open to African applicants only for projects in Kenya or Nigeria. Applications for projects in other countries will not be considered at this time.
The Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge
US African Development Foundation and GE Africa are partnering to promote innovative solutions that develop, scale-up or extend the use of proven technologies for off-grid energy – reaching communities not served by existing power grids. This USD $2 million challenge will award grants of up $100,000 each to African companies and organizations providing off-grid solutions that deploy renewable resources and power local economic activities. Challenge winners will focus on near-term solutions to the power needs of productive and commercial activities, including agriculture production and processing, off-farm businesses, and commercial enterprises.
Applicants must be African-led and –managed, such as an African-owned enterprise engaged in one of the above business activities, or an African community (through a legally registered association, non-government organization, or the like) acquiring an off-grid solution (developed by a company that could be African or not). Read the Frequently Asked Questions and the RFP Instructions to determine if you are eligible to apply.
The first Request for Proposals is open from September 17 through October 16, 2013. Applications will be considered for projects in Kenya and Nigeria. On November 21 in Lagos, USADF and GE Africa will award $500,000 in grants of up to $100,000 each. USADF and GE Africa will announce the winners on November 21, 2013 in Abuja and on this website.
Read the RFP instructions and download the RFP template (as a PDF or Word document). The MS Word application is available in two forms, one as a 'locked' format document, or as an 'unlocked' format document. Use the locked format if you plan to hand write your application. Use the unlocked version if you plan to type in your information. In either case, please print and scan the completed form to when you submit your application..
Be sure to complete the template in its entirety and attach all requested documentation. The completed applications must be emailed to OffGridChallenge@usadf.gov by October 16, 2013.
See Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.
If your question is not addressed in the RFP or FAQs, and you would like more clarification, you may email OffGridChallenge@usadf.gov; USADF will post public responses to those inquiries on this website on a regular basis.
|Monali Ranade||Senior Environmental Specialist, World Bank Institute|
|George Njenga||Distributed Power Leader, Sub Sahara Africa, GE Global Growth & Operations|
|Simon Desjardins||Program Manager, Access to Energy, Shell Foundation|
|Himesh Dhungel||Director, Infrastructure, Millennium Challenge Corporation|
|Shari Berenbach||President and CEO, USADF|
|Tom Coogan||Regional Program Director, USADF|
USADF, a public corporation in the U.S. federal government, funds African enterprises, cooperatives and community-based organizations to build capacity and expand economic activities. USADF operates as the only US agency exclusively centered on an African-led, grassroots development model to encourage shared prosperity.
GE Africa, a subsidiary of General Electric, Inc. and Power Africa partner, delivers innovative technology solutions for regional challenges to help its customers support growth throughout the continent. GE Energy is providing a host of advanced solutions in water, oil & gas, and energy delivery technologies, with a focus on innovative localized energy solutions. For more information, visit www.ge.com.
The Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge is part of the U.S. Government’s Power Africa initiative that is committed to increasing access to reliable, affordable, sustainable power and helping to ensure the transparent, effective management of energy resources.
NOTE: APPLYING FOR AN USADF GRANT IS FREE, THERE IS NO FEE ASSOCIATED WITH A GRANT APPLICATION. (Une demande de subvention USADF EST GRATUIT. Il n'y a aucun frais associé à une application d’USADF.)