Grant opportunity: Solar Home Systems in Uganda Refugee Settlements Grants Program

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Green Powered Technology, in partnership with Energy 4 Impact, would like to invite eligible companies to submit proposals for expanding access to Pay-As-You-Go Solar Home Systems in the Kiryandongo and Rwamwanja Refugee Settlements & Host Communities in Uganda.

To apply, applicants should complete all items in the Call for Proposals package and send to no later than March 20, 2019 at 1200 East Africa Time. For details on eligibility criteria, a listing of other important dates and full application instructions, please refer to the Call for Proposals.


About USAID De-Risking Pay As You Go Solar Home Systems in Uganda Refugee Settlements.

The USAID Power Africa’s De-Risking Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) Solar Home Systems (SHS) in Uganda Refugee Settlement Project builds upon USAID’s recent and ongoing work in Uganda. It seeks to showcase Power Africa’s key contributions to the Smart Communities Coalition (SCC) as a Co-Chair, along with Mastercard and over 30 SCC members. The SCC is working to improve the delivery of essential services to refugees and host communities through enhanced coordination between public and private entities and the strategic introduction of technology, in accordance with three foundational pillars – connectivity, digital tools and energy access.

The project aims to accelerate off-grid investment and energy access by incentivizing private sector companies to recognize the market and business development potential in refugee settlements and host communities. This Grants Program will provide funding support to selected PAYGO SHS companies to de-risk potential investments for market entry into Kiryandongo and Rwamwanja refugee settlements and their host communities. Lessons and experiences gained through this project may provide a catalyst for future private sector energy access interventions. Grant awards will further innovation, and reduce the knowledge, product, financial, and risk barriers to serving refugee communities and host communities.



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