Express for interests is currently open and runs until 28th February 2019.

The Powering Opportunities Partnership is looking for innovative action-research projects and partnerships that can create and drive productive electricity demand in off-grid and rural areas.

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.

The call is sector agnostic, but 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.

Please visit https://www.carbontrust.com/tea/news/2018/12/tea-pop-peu/ to register your interest to apply and to download the application documents and templates.

About the partnership

The Powering Opportunities Partnership (POP), a component of the UK Department for International Development (DFID)’s wider Transforming Energy Access Programme (https://www.carbontrust.com/tea/) is aimed at exploring how the off-grid sector can better stimulate local jobs and value addition in sub-Saharan Africa.

This POP Productive Energy Use (PEU) call is aimed at providing grant support to action research projects and partnerships that can create and drive productive electricity demand in off-grid and rural areas.

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