Updated Dec 21, 2018CLOSED

Powering Opportunities Partnership - Call for Expression of Interest for Productive Energy Use action research projects in sub-Saharan Africa

Offered by Department for International Development as part of Transforming Energy Access

The Powering Opportunities Partnerships (POP) is one of the constituent projects of TEA’sSupporting Clean Energy Partnershipsprogramme. POP aims to demonstrate how the off-grid energy sector can stimulate local jobs and create local economic value in Sub-Saharan Africa, via a challenge fund supporting proposals that demonstrate innovation, partnerships and the potential for scalability and impact.
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CLOSEDFeb 28, 2019Deadline
Up to £300,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
CountryCape Verde, Comoros, Guinea, Ghana, Gambia, The, Gabon, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Djibouti, Congo, Republic of the, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Chad, Cameroon, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Benin, Angola, Sao Tome and Principe, Mauritius, Malawi, Senegal, Rwanda, Nigeria, Niger, Mozambique, Mauritania, Mali, Liberia, Lesotho, Kenya, Guinea-Bissau, Cote d'Ivoire, Central African Republic, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Swaziland, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Sierra Leone and Madagascar
Focus AreasEnergy

Some examples partnerships could include:

  • A large retail supplier sees the opportunity for increasing quality/reducing wastage by introducing local primary processing capacity, facilitated through the new electricity supply. The retailer forms a partnerships with equipment providers and finance institutions to pilot ways to support its network of small-holder farmers and aggregators to access and use the equipment needed
  • A Solar Home System provider partners with an internet service provider and a manufacturer of low-cost computers to provide affordable rural internet access for on- and off-line educational content for off-grid schools
  • Off grid energy companies coming with franchise-type “business in the box” type models that create and realise value downstream from them (e.g. community WiFi provision amongst others).

Other Requirements

Target BeneficiariesThe program would like to support partnerships in this field. Due to the action research and learning objectives, the proposed project should demonstrate physical activity taking place in local areas, preferably in rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Financial StatementsA minimum of 50% co-funding (either financial or in-kind)is a prerequisite for proposal consideration.
Evidence/Proof of ConceptThis competition is looking to support well-defined action research and learning projects, which propose novel, viable, replicable and scalable productive use interventions to drive productive energy demand to increase local economic benefit. Gathering and socializing evidence which proves that access to energy results in sustainable local development, value/incomes and job creation is key to catalysing growth in the off-grid energy sector.REQUIRED

Application Directions

You must submit your EoI in PDF format to TEA-POP-PEU@carbontrust.com. EoIs must be received by the Carbon Trust by no later than 1700 (GMT) on 28/02/2019. It is your responsibility to ensure that your EoI is delivered no later than the appointed time.


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