Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) has launched new Call for Proposals (BGFA1) – Funding Rounds – inviting off-grid energy companies to compete for BGFA funding for expansion into targeted Sub-Saharan African countries.
The aim is to stimulate new sustainable business models which incentivise and accelerate the private sector to offer affordable and clean off-grid energy access at scale in Burkina Faso, Liberia and Zambia.
BGFA supports the provision of modern, clean, affordable and sustainable off-grid energy services to underserved customers in rural and peri-urban areas. To incentivise off-grid energy companies to grow, expand and scale-up in challenging markets and areas, they offer results-based financing to private energy companies who have a track record of successfully serving customers with sustainable energy.
BGFA is split into three different Country Programmes, one for each of the three target countries: Burkina Faso, Liberia and Zambia. Project implementation under these three Country Programmes is expected to start in 2021 and end in 2025.
Country Programme – Burkina Faso: The Burkina Faso Country Programme includes a single LS Funding Window with a Standalone Funding Lot (Funding Lot #1). This Funding Lot is earmarked for Standalone systems, including SHS, clean cooking solutions and systems for production applications, as well as Nano-grids operating on a rent-to-own/consume to-own model. Modular technologies that can easily be transported are preferred.
Country Programme – Liberia: Given the early stage of the energy services market in Liberia, this Country Programme includes a single LS Funding Window with two Funding Lots (Funding Lots #2 and 3). Funding Lot #2 is earmarked for incentivising ESPs to provide Standalone systems. Funding Lot #3 is aimed at supporting Mini-/Micro-grid projects.
Country Programme – Zambia: Given the more advanced stage of the off-grid energy market in Zambia and positive market developments already achieved through the BGFA pilot programme, this Country Programme includes both an LS Funding Window and a DS Funding Window. The LS Funding Window is divided into two Funding Lots (Funding Lot #4 and 5). Funding Lot #4 is focused on supporting ESPs’ sale of Standalone systems to low-income customers and customers in remote areas. Funding Lot #5 is aimed at supporting ESPs’ sale of energy services deployed through Mini- and Micro-grids.