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Funding Opportunities – April 2017

EarthSpark International – Request for Proposals

EarthSpark International has announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for 1-3 power generation systems for community-scale microgrids in the South Department of Haiti. The grids envisioned in this RFP will be community-scale microgrids delivering 24/7 affordable, reliable, clean electricity to ‘down-town’ areas of rural towns to enhance quality of life and unlock economic potential.

Building on EarthSpark’s groundbreaking microgrid work, this RFP is an exciting opportunity to expand energy access across rural Haiti as part of EarthSpark’s vision to scale a model that can build 80 community micrgrids over the next 5 years. The successful Bidder will design, install and commission a power generation system for a microgrid in Tiburon, Haiti, and, optionally in two additional towns in Haiti’s southern peninsula. The bids should propose development plans for 1-3 “turn-key” microgrid generation systems but not include distribution systems, which are outside the scope of this RFP. The full RFP can be found here.

Bids will be accepted in English and French. Contracting and warrantees will be in English. Please contact info@earthsparkinternational.org with any questions.


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The Scaling Off-Grid Energy Grand Challenge funding window open, Deadline April 30, 2017

The Scaling Off-Grid Energy Grand Challenge for Development (SOGE) seeks to accelerate growth in the off-grid energy market to provide 20 million households in sub-Saharan Africa with access to modern, clean, and affordable electricity. Access to capital and cost of capital remains a key market barrier, severely limiting enterprise growth and the household solar sector’s capacity to scale and mature as an industry. USAID has found that small infusions of grant funding can assist early-stage enterprises to achieve investment readiness on accelerated timelines, increasing opportunities for private sector investment.

This call for Concept Papers is aimed at addressing this access to capital barrier. Please note this window is for household solar companies and investors, not mini-/micro-grid companies. For further details on the grant and its eligibility requirements, please see the opportunity posting.

Any potential applicant referrals or questions can be directed to SOGE@usaid.gov.


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International Solar Energy Society (ISES) and Elsevier’s Renewable Transformation Challenge, Deadline April 30, 2017

The Renewable Transformation Challenge will honor outstanding work that contributes to a world powered by renewable energy and with accessible energy for all. The first place winner will be awarded €20,000.

The Renewable Transformation Challenge is open to individuals and organizations in both not-for-profit and commercial sectors worldwide. Applications may present ongoing projects, product ideas, innovative technologies, policy initiatives, programs, research, analyses, or complete solutions targeting either the supply side (energy generation for end-use energy consumption) or demand side (energy efficiency), or both. Innovative ideas will be given preference over incremental improvement projects.

The winning proposal will be the one that best demonstrates the transformation to a world powered by renewable energy and that has potential to widen access to energy, particularly in developing countries.

Submissions will be assessed in terms of applicability, impact, sustainability and scalability. A panel of international scientific experts will review the applications, and the top five will be put forward to an Elsevier-ISES Awards Committee who will make the final decision.

On top of a monetary prize of €20,000, the winner, or one representative of the winning team, will receive a free registration to the Solar World Congress 2017 in Abu Dhabi where the Award will be presented, and one Gold membership to the ISES. The winning proposal will also feature on the Solar Energy journal homepage and on the ISES website.


2018 Rolex Awards for Enterprise, Deadline June 30, 2017

Applications for the 2018 Rolex Awards for Enterprise are now open. Five Rolex Awards will be offered to Young Leaders, between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, who have a ground-breaking proposal or initiative that will help to expand knowledge of our world and improve the quality of life on the planet.

Applications must be broadly in the areas of the environment, applied science and technology, or exploration. The five winners will each receive 100,000 Swiss francs, double the amount of prize money previously offered to young Award winners. They will also benefit from worldwide publicity and receive a Rolex chronometer.

In addition to demonstrating a spirit of enterprise and leadership, candidates must put forward projects or work plans that have a clear purpose, are original and have the potential for significant impact. For more details, visit the application page.


US-India Clean Energy Finance Initiative Opens Call for Applications

The newly launched US-India Clean Energy Finance (USICEF) initiative is currently seeking applications from project developers and project proponents in India’s distributed solar power sector, who could benefit from project preparation services and funding for early stage project development.

USICEF aims to drive access to energy in underserved regions of India, by supporting early stage development of distributed solar power projects. A partnership formed at COP21 in Paris between the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and a consortium of US foundations, USICEF provides project preparation support that will catalyze long-term debt financing for distributed solar power from OPIC and other international financial institutions. Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) serves as the Program Manager.

To find out more about eligibility criteria, project preparation services, and how to apply, visit usicef.org. You can also get in touch with CPI at usicef@cpiclimatefinance.org.


Breakthrough Energy Ventures Launched, Deadlines TBD

In December 2016, the $1 billion Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) fund was announced, with a focus on fighting climate change by investing in clean energy innovation. The fund is made up members of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, with leadership composed of entrepreneurial investors and scientists.

The fund is focused on providing seed, angel and Series A investments to early stage companies in order to get the most transformative ideas out of the lab and on the path to commercialization. The fund will make investment decisions based on four criteria: climate impact, potential to attract capital from outside sources, scientific possibility, and filling the gaps for companies that need BEV’s unique attributes, which include patience and flexible investment capabilities.

Further details on how to apply will be made available on the new BEV website.