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Fact Sheet: About Power Africa

This document provides a brief overview of Power Africa, a U.S. Government-led initiative launched in 2013. Power Africa’s goals are to increase electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa by adding more than 30,000 megawatts of cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity and 60 million new home and business connections. Power Africa works with African governments and private sector partners to remove barriers that impede sustainable energy development and to unlock the substantial wind, solar, hydropower, natural gas, biomass, and geothermal resources on the continent. Download

Fact Sheet: About Beyond the Grid

This document provides a brief overview of "Beyond the Grid" a Power Africa sub-initiative focusing on rural and peri-urban electrification through small scale and off-grid technology programs in sub-saharan Africa. Download

Fact Sheet: Power Africa - U.S. Government Capabilities

Power Africa brings together the together the technical capacity, capabilities, resources, and programs of 12 U.S. government agencies. This resource provides an overview of the various capabilities available through Power Africa of each of these agencies.Download

Understanding Power Purchase Agreements

Understanding Power Purchase Agreements is the first book in a series developed in coordination with the U.S. Department of Commerce's Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) and the African Development Bank's African Legal Support Facility (ALSF). The book is designed to help Power Africa partners master the expansive, and often confusing, universe of financing options for power project development. Download (A French version of the handbook is also available.)

Understanding Power Project Financing

Understanding Power Project Financing is the second book in a series developed in coordination with the U.S. Department of Commerce's Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) and the African Development Bank's African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) again brought together a group of world-class experts to draft the second handbook in Power Africa's "Understanding" series, Understanding Power Project Financing . This new handbook is intended to provide decision-makers with an overview of the structuring of private investments and financing for power projects and insight into the important supporting role that governments play. The project financing handbook was drafted using the same Book Sprint method as the first Power Africa handbook, which allowed our diverse group of contributors from African governments, development banks, private banks and leading international law firms, all whom contributed their time on a pro-bono basis, to complete the handbook in only five days. Version 1.1 of the handbook is available here in both PDF and EPUB format. The French version of the handbook is available here in PDF. The handbook is published under the Creative Commons License.

Understanding Natural Gas and LNG Options

Understanding Natural Gas and LNG Options is the third book in a series developed in coordination with the U.S. Department of Commerce's Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) and the African Development Bank's African Legal Support Facility (ALSF). This handbook is intended to inform decision-making of options to develop natural gas. It does not promote any specific business model, but rather promotes better understanding of the stakeholders' shared aims in developing natural gas and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) projects. Download.

Power Africa Toolbox

The Power Africa Toolbox provides a quick yet comprehensive view of the tools and resources Power Africa uses to drive deals and facilitate investment. Power Africa’s network of regional and in-country Transaction Advisors utilize the Power Africa Toolbox to provide technical assistance and transactional support to governments, developers, investors and other stakeholders. Download the Power Africa Toolbox to learn how it can empower you.

U.S. Government Agencies Environmental Compliance Procedures

A list of links to the Power Africa USG Agencies’ Environmental Compliance Procedures. View

Fact Sheet: Partnering with Power Africa

Partnership is at the core of Power Africa. Bringing cleaner, more efficient electricity to sub-Saharan Africa requires a new model of development: linking public and private sector goals and resources with investors and entrepreneurs seeking opportunities in Africa. Download

Fact Sheet: Powering Gender Equity

Advancing the full participation of women and girls in the political, economic, and social realms of their countries is a key goal of U.S. foreign policy. As such, Power Africa seeks to support projects, programs, and policies that intentionally strive to reduce gender inequalities and promote the effective engagement of both men and women in Africa’s energy sector. Download

Fact Sheet: Enabling Environment Principles

Power Africa partners with host-country governments to strengthen enabling environments and implement critical reforms. While every economic and political environment will require a unique, tailored approach, Power Africa is guided by two core sets of principles that highlight key elements for achieving our goals of increasing private sector investment and doubling electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa. Download

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