The Powering Opportunities Partnership (POP) is looking for innovative action-research projects and partnerships that can create and drive productive electricity demand in off-grid and rural areas. POP, a component of the UK Department for International Development (DFID)’s wider Transforming Energy Access Program, is aimed at exploring how the off-grid sector can better stimulate local jobs and value addition in sub Saharan Africa.
Projects may apply for grants of up to £300,000 (maximum), smaller grant requests are also welcome. Eligibility is for projects that will be implemented anywhere in sub-Saharan Africa except for South Africa.
Examples of possible projects are:
• An agribusiness with rural supply chains that could benefit from electricity to increase productivity;
• Health clinics that are seeking better ways to store medications, vaccines and blood;
• E-mobility solutions that are trying to replace petrol and diesel with electric driven transport;
• Affordable internet access and low cost computers that can deliver on and off-line educational content for off-grid schools and training institutes
• Solar mini-grid companies trying to look for productive ways to utilise power generated and to increase economic viability;
• Or any other innovative productive energy solutions suitable for sub-Saharan Africa.
The window of opportunity to express your interest is currently open and runs until February 28.
Application webinars will be held on January 24, February 7 and February 21 at which the application process will be explained and there will be the opportunity to ask questions.