USAID-Shell Foundation Power Africa: Beyond the Grid

Recognizing that Power Africa cannot achieve energy access goals with large grid extension projects alone, the U.S. Government launched Beyond the Grid, a new sub-initiative of Power Africa, focused exclusively on unlocking investment and growth for off-grid and small-scale energy solutions on the African continent.

USAID-Shell Foundation Power Africa: Beyond the Grid

Shell Foundation has partnered with Power Africa and over the next several years, as part of its commitment to Power Africa under "Beyond the Grid", Shell Foundation intends to:

  • Support the expansion of mini-grids in Africa.
  • Catalyze the provision of appropriate debt finance to energy enterprises operating in Africa through the co-creation of new financial intermediaries;
  • Catalyze the research and development of new energy products;
  • Support the creation of new supply chain and distribution models to reach rural consumers;
  • Catalyze private sector investment and the creation of financially-viable energy organizations that are providing modern energy services and creating jobs in an enterprise-based way;
  • Over the next three years, deploy over US$30m of grant funding to global access to energy solutions, with an expectation that the majority o this funding will be deployed in Africa.

Power Africa, an initiative of the U.S. government, is working with African governments, the private sector, and other partners in sub-Saharan Africa to add more than 30,000 megawatts (MW) of cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity as well as increase electricity access by adding 60 million new home and business connections.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Shell Foundation

    United Kingdom | Staff size: 26-50

    Shell Foundation is an independent charity, established in 2000 by the Shell Group. It works to create and scale new solutions to global development challenges by applying business thinking to...

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Key Information

LocationEastern Africa, Central Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa
  • Start Date 2013