Powering Opportunities Partnership - Call for Expression of Interest

The second competition window under the Powering Opportunities Partnership (POP) is now open. It calls for demonstration projects related to Local Value Addition and Employment Creation in the upstream off-grid energy sector.

This competition aims to provide grant support to projects and partnerships which meet the following requirements: (a) operate in the off-grid energy sector, (b) test new or enhanced business models in the ‘upstream’ segments of the value chain, (c) are focused on growing the local share of value in the off-grid energy sector and/or local employment creation, and (d) are located in any Sub-Saharan African country, excluding South Africa.

The upstream elements of the off-grid energy value chain, include R&D, testing, manufacture and assembly. 

A total budget of up to £1 million has been made available in this round for grants to successful applications. This Competition seeks to fund 2 to 6 projects. Funding to be requested from TEA-POP for each project should not exceed £250,000. Smaller expressions of interest are welcome. The applicant must provide matching funds on at least a 1:1 basis. This means if an applicant is requesting £50,000, it must be prepared to put in £50,000 of its own or from another source towards the project, making a total project size of £100,000.

Submission deadline (extended): 24/05/2019.



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Eastern Africa
Middle Africa
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Up to £250,000 for each project (2 to 6 projects)

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