Power Africa and usadf

USADF, USAID and GE Partner Launch Off-Grid Energy Challenge in Three Rounds

Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge

Round III has CLOSED.

USADF, in collaboration with GE Africa and USAID, is proud to announce that 11 new grants of $100,000 will be awarded to renewable energy projects across 5 countries. Additionally, we are excited to announce that on July 29th, the Off-Grid Energy Challenge will open up in 3 new countries: Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. Nine grants will be awarded to African companies providing off-grid technologies and solutions.

Click here for details on USADF's announcement of additional $1.1M awarded to 11 new off-grid companies

Click here for details on USADF's announcement on Round III expanded in Rwanda, Uganda & Zambia

Read here about Off-Grid Energy Challenge winners Mibawa Suppliers, Pfoofy Power & Light and Afrisol Energy, present at the Power Africa Innovation Fair, visited by President Obama, at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in July 2015.

Click Here for USADF's $2.8M Power Africa Portfolio: 28 Innovative Off-Grid Projects Led by Energy Entrepreneurs Across Africa

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

Initial countries targeted include Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, and Liberia.

USADF believes its greatest contribution to Power Africa is in increasing electricity access to underserved communities in the target countries.  To achieve that end it launched an off-grid energy challenge to promote innovative and sustainable ways to deliver energy to underserved communities.

The USADF Off-Grid Energy Challenge

US African Development Foundation partnered 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.  This $5.0 million challenge will award 50 grants of up $100,000 each to African companies and organizations providing off-grid solutions that deploy renewable resources and power local economic activitiesChallenge winners will have near-term solutions to the power needs of productive and commercial activities, including agriculture production and processing, off-farm businesses, and commercial enterprises.

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