The United States African Development Foundation (USADF), in partnership with All On, General Electric (GE), and Power Africa (a US Government initiative) has opened up applications for its off-grid energy challenge.
The challenge aims to reach African communities not served by existing power grids by developing, scaling-up or extending the use of proven technologies for off-grid energy.
Launched in 2013, the initiative is focused on providing electricity to rural areas using off-grid solutions. Since its inception, the challenge has supported energy startups from 9 countries across the continent. These countries includes; Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia.
So far it has invested about $7 million in 75 energy entrepreneurs from these African countries.
This edition of the challenge would be geared at powering the underserved areas of Nigeria. Targeted off-grid energy solutions spans across solar, wind, hydro, biomass and gas technologies. And these solutions should be able to power the needs of productive commercial activities, including agricultural production and processing, off-farm businesses, and commercial enterprises across Nigeria.
Intending startups must be legally registered in Nigeria and should have solutions that are deployable to rural areas.
And to the winning solution, the Off-Grid Energy Challenge will award grants of up to $100,000. Winning entrepreneurs will also have access to technical and government support to help scale their solutions to serve the intended areas.
Application for this challenge is currently open until March 15th and interested startups can click here to register.
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