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Distributed energy service companies (DESCOs) deploying off-grid solar solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa have had limited success in raising debt from local financial institutions such as commercial banks. The high collateral requirements, high interest rates, and short tenors offered by local financial institutions are incompatible with the business models of off-grid solar companies, who need to ensure that the pricing of their products remain affordable to a customer base with extremely limited purchasing power.

While some DESCOs have been able to raise financing from other sources such as development finance institutions (DFIs) and international impact investors, these facilities and investments are often denominated in a hard currency such as the U.S. dollar or the Euro, which add a layer of currency risk given that the revenues of off-grid solar companies are in local currency. Intermediaries sponsored and/or funded by DFIs and impact investors such as the Off-Grid Window of the Facility for Energy Inclusion and SunFunder have made available a limited source of local currency financing. However, crowding local financial institutions into the sector is the only long-term solution to ensuring that DESCOs have access to the scale of capital they require.

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  • Electricity access - USD 36 billion was committed to electricity access in the high-impact countries (HICs), up from USD 30 billion tracked in the last report. However, only USD 12.6 billion of total tracked finance commitments for electrification benefits residential customers, representing just one quarter of the estimated annual investment of USD 51 billon required to meet universal access.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa - Except for Nigeria, finance commitments for electricity in Sub-Saharan African countries remain abysmally low. Four of the thirteen Sub-Saharan African HICs reported an absolute decline in electricity investment, and ten received less than USD 300 million each in 2017. 
  • Clean cooking - An annual investment of USD 4.4 billion is required to close access gaps, yet only USD 32 million in finance commitments for clean cooking solutions were tracked—representing less than 1 percent of the estimated finance required for universal clean cooking access by 2030.
  • Fossil fuels - Despite a global climate emergency, the report highlights ongoing reliance of investment into fossil fuels as a way to support energy access. Finance commitments for grid-connected fossil fuel fired power plants, specifically coal, decreased from USD 8.1 billion tracked in last year’s report to USD 6.6 billion. Energizing Finance strongly underscores that coal will not reach vulnerable, remote populations and continued financing of new, non-renewable power is incompatible with the Paris Agreement, meeting the SDGs or responsible investing. 

For electricity access findings, the high-impact countries are: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Congo (DR), Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Korea (DPR), Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Philippines, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Yemen.

For clean cooking access findings, the high-impact countries are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Congo (DR), Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Korea (DPR), Madagascar, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Vietnam.

 

Source: Sustainable Energy For All, SE4All

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) have launched a call for proposals under the Household Solar Workforce Development Challenge, as part of the Scaling Off-Grid Energy Grand Challenge for Development (SOGE). SOGE seeks to accelerate growth in the off-grid solar home system market to provide millions of households and businesses across sub-Saharan Africa with access to modern, clean, and affordable electricity.

However, talent acquisition and retention for off-grid solar home system companies remains an ongoing industry challenge, limiting enterprise growth and the sector’s capacity to scale and mature as an industry.

The Household Solar Workforce Development Challenge will award up to $350,000 in grant funding to support scalable, innovative, third-party training solutions to the off-grid solar home system sector's workforce needs in sub-Saharan Africa. USAID, as part of its commitment to the Scaling Off-Grid Energy (SOGE) Grand Challenge for Development, is supporting the Household Solar Workforce Development Challenge run by the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN).

 

Source: Competitions For development 

You may also directly download the detail requirements and criteria here.

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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. 

To ensure uniform disclosure to all potential applicants, clarification questions should be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before October 23, 2019 at 17h00 SAST (GMT+2). PAOP will not respond to telephone inquiries. Responses to the questions will be posted on the RTI website (www.rti.org/rfp) on November 04, 2019. The table below shows the RFA timelines: 

Issuance of the RFA does not constitute an award commitment on the part of PAOP or USAID/Power Africa nor does it commit PAOP to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of an application. Further, PAOP reserves the right to reject any or all applications received. Similarly, an invitation to clarify your application is not a commitment to fund that application, nor reimburse any costs incurred during the preparation of the application. The PAOP grant review and approval process eliminates the possibility of any unilateral decision on any given application. PAOP staff will not ask for, and applicants are prohibited from offering, any money, fee, commission, credit, gift, gratuity, thing of value, or compensation to obtain reward improper favorable treatment regarding this solicitation. Any improper request from a project employee should be reported to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Source: RTI

Request For Applications (RFA) Power Africa Off-grid Project (PAOP)

ANNEX B: Grant Application MEL Template

Related Opportunity: Household Solar Workforce Development Challenge

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