Power Africa Off-grid Project invites grant applications for innovative solutions for co-delivery of solar household systems and liquefied petroleum gas in sub-Saharan Africa. The grant is in the range of USD100, 000.00 to USD250, 000.00
Overview of funding opportunity
The Power Africa Off-grid Project (PAOP), a United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-contracted project implemented by RTI International, seeks applications to fund one or multiple awards to provide incentives, in the form of grants, to qualified organizations/companies to catalyze rapid growth of off-grid energy access solutions in PAOP focus countries.
The RFA provides prospective applicants with a fair opportunity to develop and submit competitive applications to PAOP for potential funding. The grants will be awarded and implemented in accordance with USAID and US Government regulations, and PAOP grant management policies and procedures. Please see the detailed description of the application requirements in “Section III Application Merit Review Criteria” below.
Grant activities may be conducted in any of the PAOP focus countries: Cameroon, DRC, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda. PAOP will partner directly with organizations based in these countries.
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When UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched the International Solar Alliance last October, he applauded the goal of mobilizing about $1 trillion dollars towards the deployment of some 1,000 gigawatts of solar energy by 2030. “It is clear,” he said, “that we are witnessing a global renewable energy revolution.” That revolution is also taking place under the leadership of the African Development Bank (AfDB) which has embarked on a highly ambitious solar project to make Africa a renewable power-house, titled “Desert to Power (DtP) Initiative”.
This project is expected to stretch across the Sahel region by tapping into the region’s abundant solar resource. The Initiative aims to develop and provide 10 GW of solar energy by 2025 and supply 250 million people with green electricity including in some of the world’s poorest countries. At least 90 million people will be connected to electricity for the first time, lifting them out of energy poverty. Currently, 64% of the Sahel’s population – covering Senegal, Nigeria, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Eritrea – lives without electricity, a major barrier to development, with consequences for education, health and business. The AfDB has rightly pointed out that lack of energy remains a significant impediment to Africa’s economic and social development.
The press release at the official launch of the program reads that Energising Development (EnDev) launched a new programming cycle at the beginning of 2019. Based on the outcome of that programming cycle, EnDev Ethiopia, together with the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy of Ethiopia, started the implementation of phase III from July 2019 to run until December 2022 with additional 9.4 million EUR.
The new phase will focus on the policy support and development of financial systems. The support will be directed towards developing and growing the market for modern renewable energy technologies and services as well as energy efficiency solutions in Ethiopia.
Corbetti Geothermal and its sponsors – InfraCo Africa (a PIDG company), Berkeley Energy who manage the Africa Renewable Energy Fund, Iceland Drilling and Reykjavik Geothermal – are delighted to announce that a new Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and Implementation Agreement (IA) have been signed today with the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) and Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP). The signings mark the next step for the pioneering geothermal project.
“Corbetti Geothermal is extremely pleased to be participating in this signing ceremony. The signing of the PPA and IA today allows us to move forwards in partnership with EEP and the Government of Ethiopia in order to realise this important project for the benefit of the people of Ethiopia.” Helgi Leifsson, General Manager, Corbetti Geothermal.
Over the past decade, Corbetti and its sponsors have remained committed to the project and to developing Ethiopia’s geothermal potential. The PPA and IA signed today will allow the project to move into the next phase of implementation, and to commence the drilling programme.
InfraCo Africa’s CEO, Gilles Vaes, said: “We remain committed to developing geothermal power in Ethiopia during these challenging times and are excited to be taking the next steps together and in close partnership with EEP and the Government of Ethiopia, to realise this ambitious project.”
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