The Off-Grid Clean Energy Facility is a component of the MCA-Benin II Off-Grid Electricity Access Project.
This project has 2 components:
- Component 1: Off-Grid Clean Energy Facility (OCEF).
- Component 2: Creating an Environment conducive to Off-Grid Electricity.
The Off-Grid Clean Energy Facility (OCEF) aims to increase access to electricity for the currently unserved population in rural and peri-urban areas of Benin by reducing barriers to investment in the off-grid electric power sector.
OCEF will utilize the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Funds through partnerships with private companies, NGOs, communities and other organizations that provide viable off-grid solutions and clean energy alternatives for Benin.
The objectives of the OCEF are to improve the availability of electricity and access to electricity for public infrastructure, businesses, communities and households, to stimulate the off-grid electrification market in Benin, and to increase the adoption and use of energy efficiency appliances and measures.
The "Off-Grid Clean Energy Facility" consists of a matching grant fund coupled with technical assistance to promoters. The OCEF's management has been entrusted to the international consulting company NIRAS.
Off-grid energy for essential public infrastructure such as water treatment and pumping facilities, street lighting, hospitals, public health centres, courts, universities, schools, and other community infrastructure.
The focus of this window is to install off-grid power generation equipment and accompanying electrical systems along with an administrative framework for operations and maintenance to ensure continuous delivery of critical services.
Decentralized generation and distribution of electricity via mini-grids or micro-grids for community and/ or productive use.
The OCEF encourages generation for productive use, particularly models that involve an anchor tenant that produces/consumes power for production while also supplying power to the community. While OCEF grants will not fund agricultural equipment directly (eg. food processing equipment), such equipment could count towards the grantee contribution requirement
Household Energy Systems. Support to companies to import, sell, distribute, install, and maintain household-level PV technologies including solar home kits and other similar products. Companies are encouraged to provide affordable financing terms and convenient payment systems that fit client needs. In addition to solar lighting, applicants to this window are also encouraged to provide solar-powered technologies that may improve the livelihoods or generate timesavings for households, particularly women (eg. solar drip irrigation or mini solar-powered appliances).
Energy efficiency measures. This window will focus on supporting business models for the deployment of energy efficiency measures for the benefit of public institutions, households and users in the commercial and industrial sectors. The goal is to support the distribution of energy-efficient appliances and equipment that not only reduces the overall costs for electricity consumers but also the demand for electricity from the grid.