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    UK  budgets £10m for energy solution in Sub- Saharan Africa


    Mar 18, 2023

    The United Kingdom has earmarked £10 million grant for innovators in Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia, and South Africa to address the energy situation.

    Knowledge Transfer Manager for Innovate UK Nigeria, Mr Joshua Adedeji, said at the end of an Energy Catalyst meeting in Abuja that the initiative was UK’s Energy Catalyst programme to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

    Adedeji said the initiative was one of UK’s biggest energy access-focused grant funding initiatives, adding that the objective of the programme was to look out for innovations that could end energy poverty in benefiting countries.

    ‘One thing we do with this programme is to ensure that organisations are able to bring in their ideas, their solutions and utilize the fund that is available.

    “It is a £10 million fund that people can apply for. The fund is open till June this year.

    “The mission of the energy catalysts is to accelerate the intervention needed to meet SDG 7 by providing financial and advisory support to innovators.

    To qualify for the grants, Adedeji said innovators must look for partners from the UK and present their proposals, stressing that the project must address transforming energy access and clean energy challenges,” he said

    Transforming energy access, Adedeji said, was to speed up access to affordable, clean energy services for poor households, enterprises and social institutions in official development assistance (ODA) eligible countries.

    ‘’We are particularly keen to receive projects which focus on the Indo-Pacific region, It must support the development, testing or scale up of innovative technologies or business models.

    “A clear social or economic benefit in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or the Indo-Pacific Region is required.

    “Creating new energy access in underserved regions improving existing access to provide a more reliable service’’.

    The President of the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria, Ayo Ademilua, said the intervention would boost clean energy access in the country, adding that the association would mobilise its members across the country and connect them with partners in the UK to benefit from the grant. (NAN)

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