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. In 2014, we launched the Off-Grid Energy Challenge to promote innovative and sustainable ways to deliver reliable energy to underserved communities.

USADF Off-Grid Energy Challenge

The U.S. African Development Foundation is partnering with USAID and GE Africa 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.  In January 2016 we  reached our goal of 50 African Energy Entrepreneurs for Off-Grid Energy.

The Off-Grid Energy Challenge awards grants of up to $100,000 each to African companies and organizations 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.

How to Apply: Request for Proposals

May 4 to June 8, 2016: now accepting Proposals FOR POWER AFRICA OFF-GRID ENERGY CHALLENGE. 
AFRICAN ENERGY ENTREPRENEURS in Ethiopia AND KENYA only eligible to apply.

Click to DOWNLOAD RFP instructions and the application in word and pdf formats.

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Stories

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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