The U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) and All On have officially opened the application period for the 2018 Nigeria Off-Grid Energy Challenge, following the announcement last month of a $3 million public-private partnership between the two organisations, Vanguard reports.
The Challenge is aimed at identifying innovative off-grid solutions to “power up” underserved areas in Nigeria and will provide awards of up to $100,000 per enterprise. In a statement, USADF indicated that: ‘”Nigeria needs innovative, clean energy solutions to accelerate its economic growth. Over the next three years, both parties will jointly provide funding to Nigerian small and medium enterprises that improve energy access through off-grid energy solutions spanning solar, wind, hydro, biomass and gas technologies.”
“USADF and All On will consider proposals from 100per cent African-owned and 100per cent African-managed enterprises who may be developers of their own technology and/or acquiring and implementing technologies developed elsewhere. Applicants need to be legally registered in Nigeria, demonstrate the capacity to track and manage project resources and operate in good standing with the local governments in their areas of operation.”
Source: Energy Mix Report