Funding & Investment – November 2015


Siemens empowering people. Award 2015, Deadline November 30, 2015

This is a global call to engineers & developers to submit their practical innovations that contribute to improve living conditions and can be implemented via an entrepreneurial model. Following the first competition in 2012/2013, the Award is again on the lookout for appropriate technologies to improve basic power supply in eight designated categories, including energy. Inventors and social entrepreneurs are called upon to submit their simple tech innovations and related business strategies in eight categories. The Siemens Stiftung will honor the 1st prize-winner with a sum of 50,000 EUR. The second prize is valued at 30,000 EUR, the third at 20,000 EUR and a further 5,000 EUR will be awarded to 20 runners up. A Community Prize will also be awarded with a prize of hardware to the value of 5,000 Euro. The winners will further receive promotion on an international scale with global public relations activities ensuring wide visibility.

2016 Unreasonable East Africa Institute Applications are open, Deadline 4 December 2015

Are you convinced that you have the entrepreneurial spirit and drive to improve the lives of millions of people in the region? Accelerate your venture with customized training and support from over 50 seasoned mentors, ranging from a founder of 10 companies of which 3 have IPO’d for USD 1 billion each to an entrepreneur who has started a company that has lifted over 700,000 people out of poverty to a senior advisor to the World Bank, also founder of 4 companies with 20 years of experience in the specialty food industry. In the process, build relationships with dozens of investors, funders and angels while living under the same roof with 14 other entrepreneurs dedicated to solving East Africa’s greatest challenges. Email with questions.

Launch of the ENEA Access Call for Projects 2016, Deadline December 18th, 2015

ENEA Consulting has created the pro bono ENEA Access Program as part of its business model in a committed effort to contribute to access to energy in developing countries, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.

In 2015, ENEA’s team has supported six energy access project developers through ENEA Access Call for Projects:

  • Practical Action – Structuring of a mini-grids program for sustainable energy access in Zambia
  • EcoZoom – Establishing production and distribution of biomass pellets in Kenya
  • VSF-B – Evaluation and scale-up of EVE project – domestic biogas in Rwanda
  • LivelyHoods – Operational and strategic support in scaling-up last mile distribution activities (clean energy products) in Kenya
  • Station Energy – Deployment of cold-storage units powered by solar energy for the agricultural sector in Senegal (on-going)
  • NGuvu Utilities – Development of a network of rural energy shops franchising in Rwanda (on-going)

In the Call for Projects 2016 framework, up to six energy access projects will be selected and will receive 30-100 days of pro-bono consulting services provided by ENEA.

WISIONS second SEPS Call for project proposals in 2015, deadline December 21, 2015, 4pm GMT

This call focuses on the introduction of small-scale renewable energy technologies and knowledge exchange in Latin America and the Caribbean. WISIONS is looking for project concepts demonstrating the application of small-scale renewable energy technologies to meet energy-related needs and improve energy access in Latin America and the Caribbean. Projects might aim for example to meet energy needs for reliable electricity or heat supply, for food processing and conservation, or for water pumping and treatment.  As in previous calls, in addition to supporting technical project implementation, SEPS will also support knowledge exchanges within the target region that address the capacity-building needs of actors and organizations working in the field.
Further information on the call and applications process is available here and the selection criteria are available here. Please note application forms and further documents have to be submitted in English. Applications written in Spanish will not be considered. For further information, email

Submissions are now open for the Zayed Future Energy Prize 2017 awards

The Zayed Future Energy Prize represents the vision of the Late Founding Father and President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, who championed environmental stewardship. This annual award celebrates achievements that reflect impact, innovation, long-term vision and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability. Several network members have been either finalists or awardees for the prize in prior years. For further information on how to apply, please watch and visit

Applications open for the 2016 C3E Awards, Deadline January 8, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy and the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) collaborate to implement the U.S. C3E program, which is part of the international C3E initiative within the 24-government Clean Energy Ministerial.

The U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Awards recognize rising American women (citizens or permanent residents) working to advance clean, renewable sources of energy, related technologies, or clean energy policy. Each winner will receive $8,000 and national recognition. Winners of the 5th Annual C3E Awards will be announced at the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium in 2016.

Applications are now open for the Wazo prize, Deadline February 7, 2016

The Wazo prize is an innovation prize competition to make climate information more useable for poor and vulnerable communities in Kenya. The prize, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), will award cash prizes to entrepreneurs and innovators developing new solutions to use climate information in a way that helps vulnerable individuals, households and communities in Kenya better tackle climate uncertainty and risk. The competition is open to individuals and organizations able to demonstrate how their idea can make a positive impact in Kenya. In March 2016, the top fifteen ideas will be awarded cash prizes.

IRENA-ADFD Renewable energy project facility now open for applications, Deadline February 15 2016, 17:00 GST

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) Project Facility online portal is now open to receive applications for funding in the fourth project selection cycle.

The ADFD committed concessional financing of USD 350 million over seven cycles to renewable energy projects in developing countries which are recommended by IRENA. For each cycle, the joint facility provides a total of around USD 50 million and USD 5 to USD 15 million per project, covering up to 50% of the project costs. The joint facility offers this finance at rates from 1% to 2% with a 20-year loan period, including a 5-year grace period.

Projects seeking funding need to be sustainable, replicable, scalable, innovative and transformative, in line with government priorities and backed by a government guarantee. Projects are carefully evaluated on their technical merit, economic viability and socio-economic and environmental impact.
Projects selected in previous funding cycles ranged from 1 megawatt to 15 megawatt in new renewable energy capacity. These projects were on-grid, mini-grid and/or off-grid, including backup storage, and used wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and biomass solutions. They are located in Argentina, Cuba, Ecuador, Iran, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Samoa and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

For more information about the project facility, please refer to this information note, visit or contact