On behalf of the Embassy of Sweden, the Power Africa: Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia team
is pleased to announce the opening of our first round of financing under the Fund. We invite all
interested private enterprises to bid for contracts under the Fund via e-mail as per the procedure
stipulated in the tender documentation.
The Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia aims to leverage a Social Impact Procurement approach
toward bringing modern clean energy access to one million Zambians, and jump-starting the
country’s burgeoning markets for energy services. To do this, the Fund has published a
procurement which offers to purchase tens of thousands of new off-grid electricity connections
from Energy Service Providers (ESPs), who can then use these contracts to leverage even more
capital and customers in Zambia.
Firms are invited to bid for contracts for a range of Energy Subscription Services – from standalone
household systems providing basic lightning to more comprehensive connections suitable
for businesses and public facilities. In order to maximise flexibility for participating companies,
the Fund is offering two types of financing: a start-up and incubation component, aimed at
allowing firms to establish operations and build a foundation for expansion in the country; and a
scale-up component, aimed at growing the customer base so that ESPs can reach sustainable
investment scale in Zambia.
The first financing round of the Fund will be open until 08 August, 2016, and interested firms
are invited to visit
access the procurement documents. To download the tender documents, you will need to do the
- Choose your language (UK flag in top right corner)
- Click “create account” to register a new account
- Log in and click the “document” tab and the “register interest” link.
The Fund is part of the Power Africa initiative, a partnership of more than 120 private sector
companies, multilateral development banks, and the governments of the United States, Norway,
the United Kingdom, Sweden, the European Union and several African countries which aims to
double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. The Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia is
financed by the Government of Sweden through Sida, the Swedish International Development
Cooperation Agency and managed by REEEP, the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency