REACT SSA Somalia and Somaliland
The REACT SSA Somalia and Somaliland programme is a US$ 8.5 million fund that seeks to reduce poverty through a transformational increase in the use of renewable energy by off-grid households in the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and Somaliland. This programme aims to promote private sector investment and innovation in low-cost clean energy and climate change catalysed at scale.
REACT SSA Somalia is a component of the AECF’s Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Technologies Sub-Saharan Africa Programme (REACT SSA) a US$61 million project funded by Sida.
The programme’s second call for applications has recently closed and qualifying companies will receive between US$100,000 and US$1.5 million of pure grants, awarded upon the achievement of mutually agreed milestones.
Purpose of the Fund
The specific objectives of the fund are:
- Support transformational business models adapted to target markets in order to accelerate access to low cost, clean energy i.e. cleaner fuels, cook stoves, alternatives to grid power.
- Support commercially viable companies and markets in target countries, out of which 25 percent will be women owned and/or managed.
- Support innovative ideas that stimulate next generation approaches in the renewable energy sector in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Capture and disseminate lessons on how increased access to clean energy can deliver positive impact on the rural poor, especially women and youth, through: i) business models, ii) improved business environment, through policy influencing and advocacy, and iii) improved business environment through crowding in, replication and copying best practice.
- Stimulate stakeholder engagements for an improved policy, legal and regulatory environment for renewable energy businesses within the target countries.
Products and Services Supported
- Small/pico-scale PV household technologies comprising lighting and phone charging systems.
- Small (50wp) to large (100+Wp) solar systems for home and business use.
- Mini and micro grids from solar energy.
- Energy-efficient cooking equipment such as improved cook stoves.
- Clean fuels like ethanol and biogas for rural and peri urban use.
- Production and distribution models that support local entrepreneurship within a renewable energy supply chain.
- Standalone equipment solutions for off-grid productive use including solar pumps and cooling solutions.
- Large off-grid energy solutions for public and private institutions.
- Telco-based solutions supporting renewable energy supply chains.
- Business models that address sustainable e-waste management.