Set to benefit rural or urban populations currently undeserved by existing energy firms, the $2 million challenge will award 20 or more grants of up to $100,000 each to African organizations providing off-grid solutions that deploy renewable resources and power economic activities.
GE’s will be working with other US agencies and private corporations under the White House-led Power Africa initiative to increase access to power and drive economic growth.
The Power Africa Challenge, open to African-owned firms is expected to promote innovative solutions that further develop, scale-up or extend the use of proven technologies for off-grid energy by supporting the African-owned firms continue to develop own technologies, and/or acquire and install technology developed elsewhere.
Firms that ought to apply for this challenge should be supporting initiatives that:
• Provide off-grid energy to rural or urban regions currently lacking energy access;
• Expand markets, test innovations, leverage financing with the goal of increasing the delivery of off-grid energy to marginalized populations; and/or
• Introduce innovative payment or collection methods that can extend the reach of power delivery.
President and CEO for GE Africa, Jay Ireland said GE Africa is committed to supporting Africa’s efforts to solve the challenge of insufficient and inconsistent power supply.
He noted that the Power Africa Challenge will tap into expertise on how Africa’s challenges on power could best be solved from an African perspective.
“We bring in the technology, but the indigenous people on the ground also have valuable insights on what works best for Africa and innovative solutions to meet the power needs of the continent,” he said.
President and CEO for USADF, Shari Berenbach said USADF is pleased to be working with GE Africa on the Power Africa Challenge. She also noted, “USADF has been catalyzing people out of poverty for 30+ years. This initiative will help leverage more marginalized and underserved communities into positions to engage in and benefit from inclusive economic growth.”