AFRICA – Power Africa, through the United States Agency for International Development, has announced grants totaling $2,620,650 to solar energy companies to provide reliable, affordable off-grid electricity.
The firms which will received the grants from Power Africa include include KYA-Energy Group (Togo); Muhanya Solar Limited (Zambia); Nanoé (Madagascar); OffGridBox (Rwanda); OnePower (Lesotho); PEG Solar (Ghana); SolarWorks! (Mozambique) and Zuwa Energy (Malawi).
“Through these grants, USAID is investing in a set of pilot projects that demonstrate how healthcare electrification can be delivered in a commercially sustainable manner, with strong private sector involvement.”David Stonehill- Leader Power Africa’s Beyond the Grid initiative
The facilities to benefit from this project are mostly within peri-urban communities with limited reliable electricity access.
According to data from the USAID, nearly 60 per cent of all healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity, and of those that do, only 34 per cent of hospitals and 28 per cent of health clinics had reliable 24-hour access.
Power Africa is an American presidential initiative launched by President Barack Obama in Tanzania during his Africa Tour in July 2013 which aims at supporting economic growth and development by increasing access to reliable, affordable, and sustainable power in Africa.