Grants on offer for offgrid solar in 13 West African countries

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  • The Regional Off-Grid Electricity Access Project (ROGEAP) is an initiative of the ECOWAS supported by the World Bank, the Directorate General for International Cooperation (DGIS) of the Government of the Netherlands and the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) to build and develop Solar Business Market in the region.
  • Selected projects can receive a grant between USD 10,000 to USD 250,000 for stand-alone Solar Businesses.
  • The deadline for applications is June 23, 2024.

The ROGEAP objective is to increase access to sustainable electricity services in the fifteen ECOWAS member countries and four Sahelian countries (namely Cameroon, Chad, Mauritania, and Central African Republic).

Among 19 project countries, 13 are eligible for financial support and technical assistance: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

ROGEAP aims to improve access to sustainable energy by building a regional market for off-grid solar products and supporting the various stakeholders across the value chain, i.e. governments, private sector, financial intermediaries, and end users including households, businesses, and in some instances to public health and education facilities through a pilot program.

Startups and early-stage businesses can apply for matching grants between $10,000 and $25,000. Early-stage and growth-stage companies that deploy off-grid solutions in remote markets can qualify for market-entry grants of $50,000 to $150,000. Developed businesses in challenging, economically unviable markets can secure performance-based grants ranging from $150,000 to $250,000.

Check out the application process and eligibility conditions HERE

Good luck!

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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