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USADF & GE Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge

Six Winners Announced in Round 1  

Round 1 Details

Dates September 17 - October 16, 2013
Announcement of Winners November 21, 2013 in Lagos, Nigeria
Purpose To award grants of $100,000 each to African groups proposing sustainable energy solutions to marginalized and underserved African communities.
Countries: Nigeria & Kenya
Applicants Eligible 100% African-owned and -managed energy service providers, community associations, and private tech companies.
Panel of Judges USADF, GE, World Bank, Shell Foundation, Millenium Challenge Corporation
Number of Proposals 150+
Number of Winners: 6


* Solar World (E.A.) Ltd. will construct 5 solar-powered water points to address provide water and electricity to pastoralists in the semi-arid lands in northern Kenya
* Afrisol Energy Ltd. will utilize bio-digesters to produce electricity and biogas for small businesses in Nairobi’s urban slums
* Mibawa Suppliers will expand its delivery of pay-as-you-go lighting and chargers to households in rural parts of western Kenya
* TransAfrica Gas and Electric will power stand-alone cold storage facilities with solar photovoltaic systems for farmers and fisherman in Jos, northern Nigeria
* GVE Projects Ltd. will electrify 24 off-grid communities using metered solar photovoltaic microgrid and portable rechargeable battery systems, targeted to customers’ demands.
* Afe Babalola University will investigate hydro-electric and solar system to serve students and faculty, and the neighboring community of 10,000+, who currently rely on diesel generators


Kitui Industries Ltd BBOX Kenya Ltd
Ben and Johnson Company Nuru East Africa Ltd
Nguzo Africa Linksoft Communication Systems Ltd
NIX Technologies Ltd Boma Safi Ltd



Visionary Empowerment Programme FCT Federated Fadama Community
K-REP Development Cobitech Ltd.
Kich Investments Rafode Ltd
ElectroWatts Ltd Capacity Building Consultants
Mashtech Engineering and Supplies Ltd NUEIG Synergy Nigeria Ltd
Arittgray Nig Ltd Environment Stores and Logistics
ICIMI Nigeria Ltd Jopher Ltd
Okaisabor Farms Kunak Community Healthcare Fndn
Quintas Renewable Energy Solutions, Ltd Mag Utility Ltd
Renewable Energy Ventures Magnus Samuel Ltd
Eauxwell Nigeria Ltd Divine Splendour
Agriculture for Positive Change Initiative Integrated Corrosion Science Co.
Regional Sustainable Energy Centre of Excellence for Sub-Saharan Africa Sustainable Development for All-Kenya
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