U.S. Launches ‘Beyond The Grid’ Energy Investment Framework In Africa

Media sources report on the U.S. Department of Energy’s announcement of its “Beyond the Grid” investment framework to bring power to Africa.

Agence France-Presse: U.S. launches $1 billion push for off-grid Africa power
“U.S. companies have promised $1 billion for off-grid power projects in Africa, putting a growing focus on small-scale and renewable energy in the push to ease the continent’s chronic electricity shortages…” (6/4).

Devex: Power Africa goes off-grid in Addis Ababa
“The U.S. Department of Energy Tuesday announced a new framework for investment — ‘Beyond the Grid’ — a partnership with 27 ‘investors and practitioners’ who commit to direct $1 billion towards off-grid and small scale energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa, in support of President Barack Obama’s Power Africa initiative…” (Igoe, 6/4).

United Nations Foundation: United Nations Foundation Joins ‘Beyond the Grid’ Program to Help ‘Power Africa’ Reach Rural Communities
“The United Nations Foundation, along with 26 other founding partners, joins ‘Beyond the Grid,’ an innovative program for decentralized energy under President Barack Obama’s Power Africa initiative, launched today in Addis Ababa by U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz…” (6/3).

VOA News: U.S. Initiative Aims to Create 20 Million Power Connections in Africa
“The U.S. government is investing more than $1 billion to create about 20 million new electricity connections in sub-Saharan Africa as part of its ‘Beyond the Grid’ initiative…” (Powell, 6/4).

White House Blog: Power Africa: Beyond the Grid
“Congratulations to the 27 private-sector partners of ‘Beyond the Grid’ — a new Power Africa initiative to unlock investment and growth specifically for off-grid and small-scale energy solutions — announced today by Secretary Moniz at the U.S.-Africa Energy Ministerial in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia…” (Podesta, 6/3).