What is the USADF Off-Grid Energy Challenge?

The Off-Grid Energy Challenge is led by the U.S. African Development Foundation, a Power Africa partner, to develop, scale-up or extend the use of proven technologies for off-grid energy to reach communities not served by existing power grids. USADF is partnering with USAID and GE Africa to find and fund energy entrepreneurs in 9 countries across the continent, including Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. To date, USADF has funded over 70 African energy entrepreneurs, totaling an investment of $7 million in off-grid energy solutions.

The Off-Grid Energy Challenge awards grants of up to $100,000 each to African enterprises providing off-grid solutions that deploy renewable resources and power local economic activities.  Challenge winners will have near-term solutions to power the needs of productive and commercial activities, including agriculture production and processing, off-farm businesses, and commercial enterprises.

What is Power Africa?

Power Africa is a broad U.S. Government initiative to drive growth by increasing access to reliable, affordable, and sustainable power and helping to ensure responsible, transparent and effective management of energy resources.  Working with public and private sector partners, this initiative will achieve these results:

  • Increasing electricity generation;

  • Increasing electricity access -- with a focus on both on-grid and off-grid or micro-grid solutions;

  • Increasing cross-border energy trade; and,

  • Ensuring responsible and transparent management of energy resources

USADF believes its greatest contribution to Power Africa is increasing energy access to underserved communities in the target countries and mobilizing capital for African energy entrepreneurs. We launched the Off-Grid Energy Challenge to promote innovative and sustainable ways to deliver reliable energy to underserved communities.

How to Apply: Request for Proposals

No request for proposals open at this time.

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Boma Safi, a woman-owned, woman-run company in Kenya, is an energy distribution business that both targets and mobilizes rural women to distribute and sell its array of solar-powered products and cook-stoves. Click to read how USADF is powering and empowering women in Kenya.

Boma Safi, a woman-owned, woman-run company in Kenya, is an energy distribution business that both targets and mobilizes rural women to distribute and sell its array of solar-powered products and cook-stoves. Click to read how USADF is powering and empowering women in Kenya.


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