Power Africa Newsletter, September 2020
Power Africa is a U.S. Government-led partnership coordinated by USAID

Within weeks of the U.S. Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Power Africa began reprioritizing funds and has thus far redirected more than $4.1million to support the financial viability of sub-Saharan Africa’s off-grid energy sector; to assess power loads for hospitals, clinics and critical care facilities in Nigeria; and to support regulators and utilities struggling with the unfolding impact of the pandemic in Southern Africa and West. Similar redirections are planned for Power Africa programs in East Africa.

These information sheets aim to serve as a quick reference for off-grid energy companies operating in sub-Saharan Africa with general information to supplement in-country guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.
The off-grid solar sector has a vital role to play in COVID-19 response, but it needs funding. READ our joint open letter as we seek to partner with governments to electrify health facilities and provide relief funding to the sector.
Power Africa/AUDA-NEPAD MoU Renewal

We're excited to announce that recently, during a virtual signing ceremony, we renewed our Memorandum of Understanding with AUDA-NEPAD!

Partnerships are fundamental to how we do our work at Power Africa, and we take immense pride in the shared work that we’ve undertaken with all of our partners since our inception.

AUDA-NEPAD - when it was just called NEPAD - was one of our earliest partners and we look forward to collaborating with them, the U.S. Mission to the African Union and the U.S. Department of State to turn more lights on in Africa.

Welcome to our new private sector partners!

Millennium Challenge Corporation's (MCC) second compact in Ghana includes multiple projects that invest in power infrastructure and institutional capacity to improve reliability, benefiting key hospitals and clinics in the country. One of these institutions is the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, the nation’s biggest hospital, which is treating patients with COVID-19.Thanks to MCC investments, energy costs have decreased more than 40% at the facility. LEARN MORE

Thanks to emergency working capital provided by United States African Development Foundation, a Power Africa partner, Nigerian solar startup, i-Kabin, has been able to continue operations in spite of a lockdown that heavily restricted movement and limited customer acquisition.
Power Africa, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announces grants totaling $2,620,650 to solar energy companies to provide reliable, affordable off-grid electricity to nearly 300 healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa. READ MORE
In early June, all 60 GE Renewable Energy wind turbines are now successfully installed at Kipeto Wind Farm!

The wind power plant in Kajiado County in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya is the country’s second-largest wind farm and will add 100 megawatts of renewable energy to Kenya’s national grid.

Being one of the first wind IPPs in Kenya, Kipeto paves the way for future private investment in Kenya’s nascent wind-energy sector.

Congratulations to everyone involved! As a trusted partner on this project, we’re proud to have helped bring it to financial close.
Scaling accessibility of off-grid, energy-efficient appliances contributes to the mitigation of climate change by reducing and preventing emission of greenhouse gases. In this campaign, Efficiency for Access will highlight how appliance efficiency can deliver tremendous reductions and avoid unintended
consequences of climate change in off-grid settings. LEARN MORE
At a virtual launch ceremony in Lagos, Power Africa and the Lagos State Government signed a Letter of Cooperation to formally launch the Lagos State Integrated Resource Plan initiative.
SolarWorks! in Malawi is piloting the use of solar-powered appliances, including domestic solar sewing machines, to improve livelihoods and generate economic activity and employment in Malawi.
The new VeraSol.org brings quality assurance resources for solar energy kits, off-grid appliances, and productive uses on a single platform. The website features a new interactive, open-source Product Database containing the largest collection of independently-tested and certified solar energy kits, fans, TVs, refrigerators and solar water pumps. The program is now soliciting feedback on their expanded QA service offerings and new brand. Share your thoughts.

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These reports provide insights into the opportunities and risks associated off-grid solar energy markets in various countries and gives companies, investors, governments, and other stakeholders a deeper understanding of the market.

Reports available for:
  • Cameroon
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • GhanaKenya
  • Niger
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Tanzania