Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa

 

Bringing clean, affordable, off-grid energy access to millions

Open funding round in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Open funding round in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa has launched a funding round in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

A first funding round in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has opened on 21 June 2022. The Call for Proposals invites private sector companies, i.e. energy service providers in the off-grid sector, to apply for financing through an online application process divided into two stages. Detailed information about the application process and selection criteria is available under Funding rounds – current funding rounds. The Questions & Answers document is now published and available on the funding round page.

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Signed BGFA projects in Burkina Faso, Liberia and Zambia

Signed BGFA projects in Burkina Faso, Liberia and Zambia

Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa has signed further projects with off-grid energy service companies in Burkina Faso, Liberia and Zambia

We have signed four further agreements with off-grid energy service companies in Burkina Faso, Liberia and Zambia to support the expansion and scale-up of mini-grid connections and sales of high-quality solar home systems. With these projects, the BGFA programme has now contracted ten projects supporting the establishment of over 580,000 off-grid energy connections.

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First BGFA-funded project signed in Burkina Faso

The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) has signed its first agreement in Burkina Faso with Oolu Burkina Faso to support the scale-up of high-quality solar home systems for people living in rural areas of Burkina Faso and improve energy access in these areas.

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First BGFA projects signed in Zambia

The first new contracts, after finalised pilot programme, has been signed with off-grid energy service companies to support the expansion and scale-up of high-quality solar home systems and development of mini-grid connections.

The first three contracted companies will expand, scale-up and develop their existing business operations across Zambia. The plan is that they will establish over 140,000 new energy service subscriptions, supporting energy access in rural and peri-urban areas in Zambia.

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BGFA announces its first projects in Liberia 

The first contracts under the first Call for Proposals (BGFA1), targeted at Burkina Faso, Liberia and Zambia, have been signed in Liberia. Further supported projects in the three countries will be announced in coming months.

The call, which was launched in September 2020, received a strong response among energy service providers. A total of 46 applicants were invited to take part in the Final Application stage, carried out in 2021.

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BGFA programme overview

BGFA programme overview

Programme overview

Our new brochure provides an overview of the BGFA programme, country specific targets and funders. The overall programme aim is to establish up to 1.35 million energy connections and benefit more than 6 million people by 2028.

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Ongoing Calls for Proposals

Ongoing Calls for Proposals

Solar home systems and mini-grids in Uganda

The third call for proposals (BGFA3) is expected to enable the establishment of up to 600,000 energy connections and benefit more than 3 million people in remote areas of Uganda. The call closed for Pre-Qualification submissions in summer 2021 and received 30 applications, of which 19 passed the internal completeness check.

The Final Application stage for BGFA3 has been completed in March 2022 and evaluation is ongoing.

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Mini-grids in Mozambique

The second call for proposals (BGFA2) aims to accelerate access to affordable and clean off-grid energy for customers in peri-urban and rural areas of Mozambique. The BGFA2 call closed for Pre-Qualification submissions in spring 2021.

Of the 17 applications received, 10 have passed the initial, internal completeness check and undergone the process of evaluation and scoring of submitted concept notes by independent evaluators. Seven applicants have subsequently passed the Pre-Qualification stage. The aim is to proceed with the Final Application stage in 2022.

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What is the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa?

What is the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa?

Kick-starting markets for clean, off-grid energy in Africa

Building on the experience from an award-winning innovative approach tested in Zambia

BGFA was set-up in 2019 on the initiative of the Swedish Government, building on the successful, award-winning initial pilot phase in Zambia, the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia (BGFZ). BGFA is an ambitious multi-donor funding facility that aims to kick-start markets for clean, off-grid energy in Sub-Saharan African countries. It works through a combination of an innovative results-based financing mechanisms for energy companies, close cooperation with governments and real-time data collection and analysis.

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Our impact

A mini-grid for Ngwerere
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Cecelia & Godfrey Miti:

A mini-grid for Ngwerere

How a mini-grid is changing the lives of Cecelia, Godfrey and the rest of their community in Ngwerere, on the edge of Lusaka.

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Flexible payments for solar lighting
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Steven Miyoba:

Flexible payments for solar lighting

How off-grid solutions have made a positive impact on Steven’s family life on the outskirts of Lusaka.

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Agent of impact
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Lister Sithole & Kennedy Matabula:

Agent of impact

How the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia has brought new opportunities and optimism to Lister and Kennedy in a rural community in Chongwe, east of the Zambian capital of ...

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BGFA has not yet generated any own impacts, but the decision to expand the concept into Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Liberia, Uganda and a new funding round in Zambia builds on the experiences of the pilot programme Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia (BGFZ) and early positive experiences in terms of rural and peri-urban customers’ interest in buying affordable off-grid energy service connections, mobilised private capital and strong social and gender outcomes.

 

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We would like to engage with…

We would like to engage with…

Are you in the renewable energy business and are looking for funding opportunities?

If you are interested in exploring new markets or scaling up your off-grid renewable energy business, please check back with us for future funding rounds.

For more information on our past funding rounds click below.

Funding rounds

Are you shaping energy policies in your country?

We are keen to work together with policy makers in and beyond BGFA in Burkina Faso, Liberia, Zambia, Mozambique and Uganda.

Please get in touch and help us shape the programme based on your valuable insights and knowledge of the markets. If BGFA is not yet looking at your country but you think the programme would be a good fit, please also get in touch.

BGFA countries

Who’s involved?

 

BGFA was established as a separate funding facility by the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (Nefco) in 2019 on Sweden’s initiative and has swiftly developed into a multi-donor programme. The BGFA programme is administered by Nefco and implemented in partnership with the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP). Power Africa, an initiative administered by USAID, is providing a considerable in-kind technical assistance contribution, and Denmark and Germany have joined to fund activities in, respectively, Uganda and Zambia.

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who's involved
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Funder:
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa was established on Sweden’s initiative in 2019, through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Sweden is contributing SEK 835 million (EUR 80 million) to the BGFA programme, with contributions coming from the local embassies in target countries.

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Power Africa
Funder:
Power Africa

Power Africa is a U.S. government-led partnership that brings together the collective resources of over 170 public and private sector partners to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. Power Africa’s goal is to add more than 30,000 megawatts (MW) of new electricity generation capacity and connect 60 million new homes and businesses to power by 2030. In 2020, Power Africa joined BGFA with the aim to provide an in-kind contribution worth approx. EUR 4 million (USD 4.5 million) over three years in order to help operationalise the initiative and develop a pipeline of commercially viable projects within the framework of BGFA.

Visit the Power Africa website

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Funder:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

Denmark joined the BGFA in 2020 to support the expansion to Uganda. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark has contributed with DKK 117.5 million (EUR 15.8 million), for a period for 5 years.

Visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website

KfW Development Bank
Funder:
KfW Development Bank

Germany joined the BGFA in 2021 and is contributing EUR 7.5 million, through the KfW Development Bank. Germany is jointly with Sweden funding the Zambian country programme, aiming at supporting private companies to establish and scale innovative and sustainable business models with focus on mini-grids.

Visit the KfW website

Nordic Environment Finance Corporation
Facility Manager:
Nordic Environment Finance Corporation

The Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (Nefco) set up the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa on behalf of Sweden and has since then developed it into a multi-donor programme. As Facility Manager, Nefco is responsible for its overall delivery. Owned by the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) Nefco is an international financial institution (IFI) with 30 years of experience in financing exclusively green projects. Besides making investments through its own capital, Nefco manages a considerable number of trust funds and its trust fund processes fulfil EU requirements. Nefco is also accredited by the Green Climate Fund. Nefco is currently working with a number of potential additional donors.

Visit the Nefco website

NIRAS
Project Implementation Partner:
NIRAS

NIRAS is a development and engineering consultancy company headquartered in Denmark with offices in over 25 countries across Europe, Africa, South Asia and Latin America and extensive experience in programme management and implementation of internationally financed technical assistance facilities and funds for various public sector clients. 

Visit the NIRAS website

 

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership
Project Implementation Partner:
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) is an international non-profit organisation that works to kick-start markets for clean energy and energy efficiency solutions in low- and middle-income countries. REEEP co-designed and is implementing the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia and is one of the Project Implementation Partners for the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa.

Visit the REEEP website

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Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa has signed further projects with off-grid energy service companies in Burkina Faso, Liberia and Zambia
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Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa has signed further projects with off-grid energy service companies in Burkina Faso, Liberia and Zambia

The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) programme has signed four further agreements with off-grid energy service companies in Burkina Faso, Liberia and Zambia to support the expansion and ...

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The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa launches a Call for Proposals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to accelerate clean energy access
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The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa launches a Call for Proposals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to accelerate clean energy access

The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) is today opening the Call for Proposals (BGFA4) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with the aim of accelerating the ...

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Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa partners with NIRAS for project monitoring and institutional support in the project countries
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Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa partners with NIRAS for project monitoring and institutional support in the project countries

The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) programme, a multi-donor results-based financing programme for supporting the scale-up of energy access in six Sub-Saharan African countries, is progressing to its ...

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Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa has signed further projects with off-grid energy service companies in Burkina Faso, Liberia and Zambia
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Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa has signed further projects with off-grid energy service companies in Burkina Faso, Liberia and Zambia

The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) programme has signed four further agreements with off-grid energy service companies in Burkina Faso, Liberia and Zambia to support the expansion and ...

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The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa launches a Call for Proposals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to accelerate clean energy access
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The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa launches a Call for Proposals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to accelerate clean energy access

The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) is today opening the Call for Proposals (BGFA4) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with the aim of accelerating the ...

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Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa partners with NIRAS for project monitoring and institutional support in the project countries
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Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa partners with NIRAS for project monitoring and institutional support in the project countries

The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) programme, a multi-donor results-based financing programme for supporting the scale-up of energy access in six Sub-Saharan African countries, is progressing to its ...

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