United Nations has called on
businesses, governments, and
civil society to achieve Sustainable
Energy for All by 2030
Funding Opportunities – April 2016
2nd “Solar for All” Contest Now Open for Applications, Deadline May 1, 2016
The 2nd “Solar for All” Contest for Innovative Community Solar Electrification Solutions 2016, organized by the Canopus Foundation and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, is now accepting applications. Proposals for PV solar electrification solutions to provide a scalable number of low-income communities with power are invited for submission. The most innovative and promising solutions will be selected for the award. Two prizes will be awarded to the best applications drawn from the short list selected by the jury. The first prize is a 400,000 Euro loan for 8 years at 6 percent interest without any collateral requirement. The runner-up will receive a special prize of 10,000 Euros from the Siemens Stiftung as well as an offer of membership in their international “Empowering People Network” support program that promotes technological and entrepreneurial approaches for sustainable development.
Developers, system integrators, owners or operators of existing or planned solar electrification solutions for communities, particularly in rural areas of developing and emerging regions, are especially encouraged to apply. Applications are welcome from all countries. More information on eligible concepts and instructions on the applications can be found here.
The Canopus Foundation is now accepting applications for the “Showcasing Community Solar Electrification Solutions” Short Video Contest 2016 (formerly “Showcasing Village Grids” Contest) alongside the second “Solar for All” Contest. One outstanding short video on the topic of community solar electrification will be chosen to win a 2,000 Euro prize and be showcased to the expert jury and other participants at the second “Solar for All” awards ceremony to be held at Intersolar India 2016 in Mumbai later this year. Anyone wishing to share their ideas, stories and/or experiences on community solar electrification is invited to participate. The submission deadline for short videos is May 1, 2016. Participation in the 2nd “Solar for All” Contest does not require participation in the video contest and vice versa. More information on the video contest, including instructions on how to apply can be found here.
The Electrification Financing Initiative (ElectriFI) is an EU initiative that will support electrification investments that will lead to new and improved connections, with strong features for scalability. ElectriFI will be flexible in allowing the support of different business models, utilities and mini-grids.
ElectriFI will support renewable energy investments, with a focus on rural electrification, of a total budget above EUR 0.5 million. At early project stages or during the pilot phase, own capital is expected to be in the scale of 50%. At later project stages and in view of scaling up, own capital is expected to be in the scale of 15% with a senior debt financing at the scale of 60%. The total amount contributed by ElectriFI will not exceed EUR 10 million per project. The secondary debt repayment period could be between 10 and 20 years.
Call for Entries from SME Innovators for UNIDO – MSME Programme, Deadline May 15, 2016
The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme in India, in association with world’s largest clean technology competition Cleantech Open USA, invites applications from all SMEs, emerging startups and entrepreneurs in India with an innovative technology. Online submissions are welcome here. Applications are also accepted in hard copy format. For any further queries regarding the program, please contact Rishabh Goel.