The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) was set up on the initiative of the Swedish Government with the goal of incentivising the private sector to provide sustainable, affordable, clean, high-quality energy services to underserved people in off-grid rural areas. In February 2021, BGFA will launch a country window geared specifically towards developers of micro-grids, as previously announced by ALER here in July 2020 but due to COVID-19 constringements had to be postponed.
Interested energy service providers (ESPs) will be able to deploy innovative technology and strong business models to supply energy services tailored to customer needs and ability to pay, and to scalable generation capacity in accordance with the growth in actual demand.
This funding window has been designed in cooperation with the Mozambican Energy Fund (FUNAE). The roll-out is expected to be implemented under a pilot licensing framework focusing on the provision of off-grid energy services within specified energy service areas. The energy services will be rolled out during a four-year period with total funding of EUR 6.7 million.
The launch of the pre-qualification stage is expected in the beginning of February 2021 with the publication of the pre-qualification guidelines. The conditions for this second round of BGFA funding (BGFA2) will be similar to those outlined in the pre-qualification guidelines for BGFA1 and adapted for Mozambique.
Once the pre-qualification documents have been published, applicants will be invited to register for the online application tool, available through the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa’s website at www.beyondthegrid.africa/register/ and submit possible questions through this system.
The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa facility is established and managed by the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), an international financial institution focused on environmental and climate investments, and implemented in partnership with the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral partnership based in Vienna, Austria, working to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency in developing countries. The facility is open to donors as a cost-effective tool to finance future Calls for Proposals through existing or new country windows and bring access to clean energy to millions of rural Africans.
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