Abbreviations and Definitions
Here we present a list of abbreviations and definitions that are used on the website and in funding round documentation.
Applicant – A single for-profit Energy Service Provider (ESP) applying for BGFA1 funding
BGFA – Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (a separate funding facility set up and managed by Nefco and implemented on the ground in partnership with REEEP)
BGFA2 – The second BGFA Call for Proposals targeted at Mozambique
BGFA1 – The first BGFA Call for Proposals targeted at Liberia, Burkina Faso and Zambia.
BGFA3 – The upcoming BGFA Call for Proposals targeted at Uganda
BGFZ – Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia (a pilot programme initiated by Sweden with REEEP acting as Sweden’s implementing agent)
Concept Note Template – Annex A in the Pre-Qualification Guidelines contains a concept note template, which Applicants/Lead Applicants are requested to fill in online and submit during the Pre-Qualification stage
Consortium Member – A for-profit or non-profit entity forming part of a Project Consortium
Country Programme – BGFA Call for Proposals are organised into currently five different Country Programmes – Burkina Faso, Liberia, Zambia, Mozambique and Uganda
Demonstrable Operational Experience – Applicants’/Lead Applicants’ proven operational off-grid experiences in the Project Country or in other SSA countries
DS – Direct to Scale (Funding Window offered only in Zambia)
ESP – Energy Service Provider
ESS – Energy service subscriptions made by end-customers entering into a contract with an ESP for the provision of energy services
Final Application – BGFA Call for Proposals are divided into two stages: a Pre-Qualification and a Final Application stage (only ESPs successfully passing the Pre-Qualification stage will be invited to take part in the Final Application stage)
Funding Lot – Amount of a certain BGFA Call for Proposals funding available to Energy service Providers (ESPs) for the provision of a specific type or mix of off-grid energy solutions under each Funding Window
Funding Window – Amount of BGFA Call for Proposals funding available to Energy Service Providers (ESPs) either in the form of LS or DS funding
KfW – KfW Development Bank is a donor to BGFA
Lead Applicant – A for-profit ESP company applying for BGFA1 funding on behalf of a Project Consortium
LS – Launch to Scale (Funding Window available in all three eligible Project Countries)
Mini-/Micro-grid – Refers broadly to an isolated or grid-connected power distribution network, including its own renewable generation capacity, load management and control as well as distribution infrastructure, built and operated by a micro ESP utility
Nano-grid – A small solar system that can be deployed on a rent-to-own based model and may be shared between a small number of customers for residential, commercial or institutional use
Nefco – Nordic Environment Finance Corporation, BGFA Facility Manager Nefco has established the BGFA Programme and manages it as a separate funding facility
Pre-Qualification – BGFA1 is divided into two stages: a Pre-Qualification and a Final Application stage (only ESPs successfully passing the Pre-Qualification stage will be invited to take part in the Final Application stage)
Project Consortium – A group of for-profit or non-profit entities (led and represented by a for-profit ESP Lead Applicant) that have formed or agreed to form a consortium to apply for BGFA1 funding and eventually implement the proposed project
Project Country – BGFA funding can only be used to implement projects in the current five project countries Burkina Faso, Liberia, Zambia, Mozambique and Uganda (only these countries are eligible Project Countries)
Project Partner – A for-profit or non-profit entity with a material and meaningful interest in the implementation of the proposed project (e.g. product suppliers; financial service partners; engineering, procurement, and construction service providers; capacity building and training organisations and initiatives; NGOs or similar)
REEEP – Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership, BGFA Programme Implementation Manager. The BGFA Programme has been designed and is implemented on the ground in partnership with REEEP. REEEP, together with Sweden, has developed the BGFZ pilot programme and is acting as Sweden’s implementation agent for BGFZ
SHS – A solar home system
Sida – Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Significant Sub-Contractor – A company or organisation, sub-contracted by an Applicant/Lead Applicant with direct responsibility for implementing and/or operating one or more components of the proposed project representing a minimum of 15% of the awarded BGFA1 funding
SmartME – BGFA1 is organised as an online, fully paperless application process and handled via an electronic intake system called SmartME
SSA – Sub-Saharan Africa
Standalone – Refers broadly to an isolated renewable energy-powered energy service provided to customers and includes a range of products ranging from an SHS to a powered agricultural device and Nano-grids
Tier – Categorisation used to distinguish different levels of energy services by the amount of generated electrical energy, Wh/day combined with peak capacity (W) and availability (h) (latter only relevant to Mini-grids)
USAID – United States Agency for International Development
Questions and answers
For questions related to the on-line application tool and how to submit applications, please visit the SmartMe Intake system’s Support section for guidance.
For questions related to the Call for Proposal, Applicants are kindly invited to post those only via the SmartME Intake system’s Support section as specified in the Guidelines.
All questions and answers related to the Call for Proposal will be provided in a redacted form and at the same time to all Applicants via the SmartME Intake system’s Support section as specified in the Guidelines.