The United States African Development Foundation(USADF), in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the General Electric (GE), have introduced the ‘Off-Grid Energy’ challenge to promote innovative and sustainable ways to deliver reliable energy to underdeveloped communities. This involves designing a power system that can stand alone, without the support of a remote infrastructure.
The challenge which was launched in 2004 is an off-shoot of ‘Power Africa’, a U.S government initiative to facilitate growth by increasing access to dependable and sustainable power at reasonable cost. According to USADF, its greatest input to ‘Power Africa’ is boosting access to electricity in smaller communities and generating capital for African entrepreneurs.
The challenge which is worth five million U.S dollars ($5,000,000), will award 50 grants of up a hundred thousand ($100,000) each to African companies and organizations that provide ‘off-grid’ solutions and power local economic activities such as agriculture.
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Open to entrepreneurs in Nigeria, Ghana, and Tanzania only.