General Electric Africa has announced a $2 million challenge to support the Power Africa-an initiative of the White House. The challenge aims to award 20 or more grants of up to $100,000 each to specific African organizations involved in the provision of off-grid solutions deploying renewable resources and power economic activities.
The Power Africa Challenge, funded by GE Africa and USADF will benefit rural or urban populations currently under served by existing utility companies. In addition, it will promote innovative solutions that further develop, scale-up or extend the use of proven technologies for off-grid energy. African-owned and operated businesses or organizations that are developing their own technologies, and/or acquiring and installing technology developed elsewhere, are eligible to apply.
President and CEO for GE Africa, Jay Ireland said GE Africa is committed to supporting Africa’s efforts to solve the challenge of insufficient and inconsistent power supply.
He noted that the Power Africa Challenge will tap into expertise on how Africa’s challenges on power could best be solved from an African perspective.
“We bring in the technology, but the indigenous people on the ground also have valuable insights on what works best for Africa and innovative solutions to meet the power needs of the continent,” he said.