Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa

 

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

Upcoming Call for Proposals

Upcoming Call for Proposals

Upcoming Call for Proposals in Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mozambique and Zambia

BGFA will launch a Call for Proposals this autumn inviting interested off-grid energy service providers to compete for a number of funding windows.

The aim of BGFA1 is to stimulate the creation of 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, Mozambique and Zambia.

For more information about BGFA1 please click below on the Announcement Document. It describes the two-stage application process, presents the key  minimum criteria and requirements interested energy providers need to meet and details the BGFA1 funding opportunities. Detailed pre-qualification guidelines for BGFA1 will be published in September 2020, and further information will be disseminated here on the BGFA website and via its social media channels.

Announcement of upcoming call for proposals
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 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-year 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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The first funding round of BGFA will open in September 2020 in the following countries:

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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Discover more stories of how the pilot phase in Zambia has impacted communities.

 

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“BGFZ has been game-changing for us, and it has been game-changing for Zambia.”

John Foye
Managing Director, Fenix Zambia

Find out about the impacts of the pilot programme phase, the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia.

BGFZ Impact
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 in Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mozambique or Zambia, please have a look at the Announcement of the upcoming Call for Proposals.

BGFA1 will be launched and pre-qualification guidelines will be published in September 2020, and after that you will be able to register and submit an application for funding and help us bring clean, affordable, off-grid energy access to millions. We encourage you to register as soon as possible.

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, Mozambique, Zambia 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 has been initiated and is presently primarily financed by Sweden. The BGFA programme is set-up as a separate funding facility which is administered by the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) as the Facility Manager. On the ground, BGFA is implemented in partnership with the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) as Programme Implementation Manager. Power Africa, an initiative administered by USAID, is providing a considerable in-kind technical assistance contribution, and several other donors have shown interest or are about to join the programme.

Find out more about our upcoming Call for Proposals in Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mozambique and Zambia.

 

Find out more about who’s involved with BGFA

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

The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa funded by Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) with initial contributions from four Swedish Embassies in Africa. With an initial funding target of EUR 48 million (SEK 500 million), BGFA has been planned to build on the success of the pilot phase Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia, which was initiated and co-designed by Sida. The new programme aims to expand its activities to Burkina Faso, Liberia and Mozambique, and launching a second funding round in Zambia.

Visit the Sida website

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.

Nordic Environment Finance Corporation
Facility Manager:
Nordic Environment Finance Corporation

The BGFA programme is set-up as a separate funding facility which is administered by the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) as the Facility Manager. 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 like-minded possible donors with the aim of converting BGFA into a multi-donor programme. 

Visit the NEFCO website

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership
Implementation Manager:
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 implemented the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia and is Implementation Manager of the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa.

Visit the REEEP website

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Upcoming Call for Proposals in Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mozambique and Zambia
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Upcoming Call for Proposals in Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mozambique and Zambia

Following the decision made at the first Steering Committee of the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA), BGFA will launch a Call for Proposals this autumn inviting interested off-grid ...

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Power Africa to join ‘Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa’

Power Africa, a U.S. Government-led partnership, is providing support to the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) initiative in Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mozambique, Uganda and Zambia. Power Africa will ...

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‘Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa’ expands to Uganda

The Embassy of Sweden, Kampala, Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) are pleased to announce the expansion of the Beyond the Grid ...

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Upcoming Call for Proposals in Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mozambique and Zambia
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Upcoming Call for Proposals in Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mozambique and Zambia

Following the decision made at the first Steering Committee of the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA), BGFA will launch a Call for Proposals this autumn inviting interested off-grid ...

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Power Africa to join ‘Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa’
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Power Africa to join ‘Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa’

Power Africa, a U.S. Government-led partnership, is providing support to the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) initiative in Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mozambique, Uganda and Zambia. Power Africa will ...

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‘Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa’ expands to Uganda
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‘Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa’ expands to Uganda

The Embassy of Sweden, Kampala, Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) are pleased to announce the expansion of the Beyond the Grid ...

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Please register in September 2020 to get more information about BGFA1.

 

If you have any other questions, please get in touch with the team at Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa.

 

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