Call for Applications: REACT Africa Sub-Saharan Competition in Mali

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Deadline: 22 November 2018

Applicants are invited to submit applications for REACT Africa Sub-Saharan Competition in Mali to reduce poverty through a transformational increase in the use of renewable energy by off-grid households in target country.

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Its outcome will be private sector investment and innovation in clean, low-cost energy and climate change catalyzed on a large scale.

REACT Sub-SaharanAfrica (REACT SSA) is a project of SEK 521 612 000 funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) to support renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa; with dedicated funding from SEK 50 000 000 (about US $ 6.5 million) for Mali.

Target Domains

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Applicants must provide good quality and affordable clean energy products and services that benefit the rural and peri-urban poor, especially women.

This should correspond to one or more of the following areas of interest to be eligible for funding:

  • Small pico-VP solar lanterns, including lighting and phone charging.
  • Small and basic solar home systems (less than 50Wp), including basic lighting, phone charging systems and radios, available to a large number of households (but not limited to ) through pay-as-you-go systems.
  • Self-contained solar home systems of average capacity (50-100Wp) for productive use, including phone charging systems, radio, appliances, etc. and which can be used on a small scale in rural or peri-urban enterprises or on household premises.
  • Stand-alone solar energy systems (100+ Wp) that meet all energy needs of households and businesses, while remaining affordable for low-income people.
  • Mini and micro-networks from solar energy, with distribution networks that meet all the needs of households and businesses, while remaining affordable for people with low incomes.
  • Production / Production and / or distribution of energy efficient cooking solutions, p. Eg improved stoves and cleaner fuels (eg ethanol and biogas) for low-income people in rural and peri-urban areas.
  • Production and / or distribution models that support local entrepreneurship and the growth of SMEs, MFIs / local banks and women’s groups in a supply and demand chain for renewable energy products.
  • High-potential standalone equipment solutions for off-grid productive uses (eg, solar pumping, cooling solutions for agriculture).
  • Large off-grid energy solutions for public and private institutions such as schools and clinics in peri-urban and rural areas.
  • Business models that deal with the sustainable management of electronic waste in the industry

Funding Information

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The total amount of grants requested from AECF must be between US $ 100,000 and US $ 1,500,000.

Duration of the Program

5 years (year 1 for the launch phase + competition phase, years 2 to 5 for the implementation phase). REACT SSA is funded by AIDS.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant’s company is a private company operating in the areas of financing and target technologies.
  • Applicant’s company is legally registered and physically established in Mali
  • Applicant’s project idea will be implemented in Mali.
  • Applicant’s company (including third parties such as co-investors or banks and other lenders) provides at least 25% of the funds requested to AECF. Counterpart funds will be fully cash.
  • The project is expected to provide high-quality, affordable and affordable clean energy products and services for the benefit of rural, peri-urban poor or displaced (especially women).
  • Applicants must demonstrate that the project will contribute to environmental sustainability, including environmental and climate aspects.
  • Applicant’s company must comply with fundamental national and international human rights, labor standards, environmental management laws.
  • Applicant’s company should NOT be involved in an act of terrorism or support the activities of terrorists and allow regular due diligence in this regard.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

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