US foundation funds local energy technologies
from MASAHUDU KUNATEH in Accra, Ghana
ACCRA – THE United States African Development Foundation (USADF), in collaboration with GE Africa, is inviting proposals from local entrepreneurs to provide innovative renewable-energy solutions or off-grid energy proven technologies to boost economic activities in rural areas.
The entrepreneurs would each benefit from a $100 000 grant to increase access to reliable, affordable and sustainable power supply in deprived communities whilst helping to ensure responsible, transparent and effective management of energy resources.
The initiative forms part of the $2,4 million Power Africa Project which is ongoing in Nigeria and Kenya to supply power to communities not served by existing power grids.
Dubbed the “Off-grid Energy Challenge,” the winners will have near-term solutions to the power needs of productive and commercial activities,
including agriculture production and processing, off-farm businesses, and
commercial enterprises in the deprived communities.
Christoph Anagbonu, who is the Managing Partner for J.B & Associates, the local representative of USADF explained that interested local businesses only need to make a business case for selection.
“The message is out there to the companies to go into these areas and find out where they don’t have electricity already but there might be some productivity that needs electricity.
“For instance in some rural areas that do not have electricity, there may be industries like extraction of oil, but if they have electricity they might make use of machinery that could extract oil at a lower cost to propel their economic activities.
“All we need is for your proposal to be able to solve the problems identified – so that if for instance you think provision of solar energy to that particular community can benefit the community, then you can come up with the proposal and present that to USADF,” he said.
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