Sahel-Horn Off Grid Energy Challenge

The U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) is an independent U.S. Government agency established by Congress to support and invest in African owned and led enterprises which improve lives and livelihoods in poor and vulnerable communities in Africa. USADF’s off-grid energy portfolio was launched in 2013 to bring affordable and sustainable energy to underserved communities across Africa. Since 2013, over $10 million has been invested in 100+ energy entrepreneurs in 13 countries to provide energy solutions to off-grid communities.

USADF supports African-led development in the off-grid energy sector by scaling up and extending the use of proven technologies for off-grid energy to reach communities not served by existing power grids. USADF and its partners, including Power Africa, deploy seed capital to African energy enterprises across the continent to power households and local economic activities. These enterprises use near-term solutions to power the needs of productive and commercial activities, including agriculture production and processing, off-farm businesses, and commercial enterprises. 

USADF and Power Africa are excited to request proposals for the Sahel/Horn Off-Grid Energy Challenge. Proposals up to US$100,000 per award will be considered, and up to twenty awards are anticipated in seven countries. Projects are to be focused on increasing sustainable energy access – specifically off-grid solutions – extending the delivery of electrification to un-served and underserved communities in the seven countries listed above. The type of clean energy technologies to be proposed may include, but are not limited to, solar, hydro, wind, biomass, biogas, gas, and hybrid systems.

To be considered for the Challenge, applicants must be:

- Private companies and other business entities;

- 100% Sub-Saharan African-owned; and

- Registered and operating in ONE of the seven countries listed.



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Geographical Scope

South Sudan
Burkina Faso

Type of Cap Building

Business Development

Funding / Investment / CapBuild type

Up to USD 100,000 per award will be considered, up to twenty awards are anticipated in seven countries.

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