RFP for the Power Africa Off- Grid Energy Challenge Round Two. (US $100,000 Grant)

Submission Deadline: June 20 2014

Power Africa is a new US government, interagency, presidential initiative to accelerate and diversify the economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa through increased power generation and distribution of reliable, affordable and sustainable power and helping to ensure responsible, transparent and effective management of energy resour ces.

Among the goals of Power Africa are to :
-Extend access to electricity;
-Increase power generation;
Catalyze investment in the power sector;
-When possible, stimulate renewable power generation and lower use of diesel, charcoal and wood fuel.

The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) is pleased to partner with General Electric Africa (GE) and the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) in requesting proposals for the Power Africa Off- Grid Energy Challenge Round Two.

In Round One, the Challenge awarded grants of up to US $100,000 to six winners in Kenya and Nigeria. In 2014, proposals of up to US $100,000 per award will be  considered and approximately eighteen awards are anticipated.

For 2014 applications, applicants must be located and have their projects implemented in one of the following

Projects are to be focused on increasing sustainable energy access–particularly off-grid solutions–extending the delivery of electrification to un-served and underserved communities in the target countries.

The type of renewable energy technologies to be proposed may include,but not limited to, solar, biogas, biomass, hydro, wind, direct use geothermal and hybrid systems.

In this second round of competition, eighteen winning proposals– approximately three per country – will be
selected, with the funding of each proposal up to a maximum of US $100,000.


USADF will consider proposals from 100% African owned and 100% African managed enterprises, associations or organizations. The organizations must not be government owned or operated in any way.

Applicants may be developers of their own technology and/or may be acquiring and implementing technology developed elsewhere.

Applicants need to be legally registered in the project country, demonstrate the capacity to track and manage the project resources and operate in good standing with their local government.
Projects are not to exceed 12 months in duration.
Winning projects must:
Further de velop, scale up or extend use of proven technologies for off–grid energy.
-Benefit marginalized or low income rural or urban populations currently underserved by utility
-Demonstrate financial sustainability or the potential for financial sustainability.
Have a proven track record of experience or project sponsors or partners with a proven track record of related experience.
Proposals are to be limited to a maximum of US $100,000.

Leveraged funds from other sources are encouraged. These other sources of funds must be adequately documented to be considered.
Project must be located within the country of application.



All applicants are required to use the attached business proposal template. The completed proposal template along with the required documentation should be submitted by email on or before June 20, 2014
to the appropriate email address for the applicant’s country:

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Proposals will only be accepted at these email address.
General inquiries can be directed to [email protected] and will not be accepted at the other email addresses.


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Power Africa Off- Grid Energy Challenge