Solar home systems bring light to households at night.
Solar home systems bring light to households at night.
Solar home systems bring light to households at night. Photo credit: Power Africa

Lack of access to a reliable and sustainable energy supply remains a pressing concern for approximately 85 percent of Malawian households, a condition that hampers economic growth and development.

“I use candles or paraffin lamps for lighting. This makes it difficult for my children to do their homework at night,” Chrissy Kasawe, Chalendewa, Malawi

To accelerate universal access to dependable electricity, in July 2019, Power Africa launched the Solar Home System (SHS) Kick-Starter Program for Malawi, providing financial assistance and operational support to help private sector SHS companies scale operations and sales in rural and urban communities.

Power Africa awarded…


Os parceiros da Power Africa vão criar uma infraestrutura energética vital

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Angola
Angola
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A colaboração entre a Power Africa, o Banco Africano de Desenvolvimento (BAD), e o Governo da República de Angola está a criar uma infraestrutura de transmissão e distribuição que irá evacuar cerca de 1 000 megawatts (MW) de norte a sul para melhorar o acesso à eletricidades, reforçar a viabilidade financeira do setor energético e ligar Angola aos mercados regionais.

Durante décadas, a rede de eletricidade nacional de Angola sofreu grandes lacunas no fornecimento: não havia qualquer interligação entre as partes norte, centro e sul do país…


“Thieves and bandits come when it is dark. Our customers are in need of security.”

— Alice Katula, Bboxx Manager, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Alice Katula lives in Bunia, the capital city of Ituri Province in the northeast corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a region that has struggled with political instability for decades. Here, where just five percent of 830,000 households have access to electricity, the dark nighttime hours mean heightened risk to families and property.

Alice is a business manager at Bboxx, a Power Africa partner company that designs, produces, distributes, and finances innovative solar systems…


Power Africa Partners to Build Critical Energy Infrastructure

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Transmission line in Angola
Transmission line in Angola
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Collaboration between Power Africa, the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the Government of the Republic of Angola is building transmission and distribution infrastructure that will evacuate around 1,000 megawatts (MW) from North to South to improve access to electricity, strengthen the financial viability of the power sector and connect Angola to regional markets.

For decades, Angola’s national electricity grid had major supply gaps: There was no interconnection between the northern, central, and southern parts of the country, leading to regional power shortages and unreliable service. …


By Carla Visser, Power Africa Off-grid Project

“As a woman, I am able and happy to change the stereotype of what a technician looks like,” said Mandali Live, an OffGridBox field technician from Kigali, Rwanda.

Mandali Live, an OffGridBox field technician in Kigali, Rwanda
Mandali Live, an OffGridBox field technician in Kigali, Rwanda
Mandali Live, an OffGridBox field technician in Kigali, Rwanda.

Because of social stigmas and prejudices, women are often excluded from education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). With only one third of jobs in the renewable energy sector held by women, women are disproportionately under-represented. …


This is Part 3 of a three-part series on Power Africa’s role in expanding access to electricity in Uganda, focused on communities in the Ssese Islands, Lake Victoria.

Read parts 1 and 2.

Seventy percent of Uganda’s workforce is engaged in agriculture. Ensuring that this largely off-grid population can access productive use of energy (PUE) applications, such as solar irrigation, refrigeration, and milling, has the potential to improve agricultural yield and increase individual monthly income, all while connecting smallholder farmers to bigger markets, improving lives, and strengthening the agricultural sector in Uganda.

Bukasa Island, Lake Victoria
Bukasa Island, Lake Victoria
Bukasa Island, Lake Victoria. Photo Credit: Open Capital

The work to make solar PUE applications readily…


This is Part 2 of a three-part series on Power Africa’s role in expanding access to electricity in Uganda, focused on communities in the Ssese Islands, Lake Victoria. Read Parts 1 and 3.

Andrew Ssentongo, Founder of GRS Commodities, had no illusions about how hard it would be to start an off-grid energy company in Uganda.

Andrew Ssentongo, founder of GRS Commodities, lends a hand during the installation of solar panels on Bukasa Island.
Andrew Ssentongo, founder of GRS Commodities, lends a hand during the installation of solar panels on Bukasa Island.
Andrew Ssentongo, founder of GRS Commodities, lends a hand during the installation of solar panels on Bukasa Island. Photo Credit

“It was like crossing the valley of death,” he says.

During GRS Commodities’ early years, he often asked himself, “What can I sell in the next month to earn $1,000?”

At one point, he even sold his car because the company had to raise…


This is Part 1 of a three-part series on Power Africa’s role in expanding access to electricity in Uganda, focused on communities in the Ssese Islands, Lake Victoria.

Fishing boats on Bukasa Island, Lake Victoria.
Fishing boats on Bukasa Island, Lake Victoria.
Fishing boats on Bukasa Island, Lake Victoria. Photo Credit: Open Capital

Most days, the fishing communities of Uganda’s Ssese Islands are in a race against time.

It starts the moment the fishers haul nets full of tilapia and Nile perch onto their boats and ends only when they sell their catch at the mainland markets, some 50 kilometers across Lake Victoria. If the clock runs out, their catch will spoil, and their income will be lost.

Food waste in Uganda is a huge…


In recognition of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, USAID and Power Africa are highlighting internship programs for women in the energy sector in a three-part series. Our final feature focuses on Kenya’s program that spans opportunities across the entire energy sector.

USAID recognizes that expanding women’s participation in the energy sector — and particularly in decision-making roles — can advance inclusive economic growth and improve financial performance and sustainability across the sector.


In recognition of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, USAID and Power Africa are highlighting internship programs for women in the energy sector in a three-part series. Our second installment moves from the technical side to look at opportunities in energy regulation.

USAID recognizes that expanding women’s participation in the energy sector — and particularly in decision-making roles — can advance inclusive economic growth and improve financial performance and sustainability across the sector.

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