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Call for Proposals for Climate & Clean Energy Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa

22 December 2017

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PFAN has launched a call for proposals for climate and clean energy projects and businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa. Selected projects will receive coaching from experienced professionals and will be introduced to interested investors. Entrepreneurs looking to initiate or scale-up clean energy or other climate change-related projects and seeking an investment of up to $50 million are invited to apply. This is an open-ended call for proposals without a deadline.

The coaching support provided through the PFAN Project Development and Financing Initiative for Climate & Clean Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa will help entrepreneurs develop and refine a financially, socially and environmentally viable business plan, to be employed in subsequent investor outreach. Upon the completion of the coaching phase, the projects will obtain assistance in terms of financial mobilization, follow-up support and deal making facilitation.



The eligible countries for this request for proposals can be found in Annex 1 of the Prospectus for the Project Development and Financing Initiative for Climate and Clean Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa (p.22).


Focus of the Request for Proposal

The project / business must promote or use clean energy and / or climate technologies, products or services, including, but not limited to the following technology areas:


 Biomass  Distributed & Off-grid Generation
 Biogas  Energy Storage & Conservation
 Bio-fuels  Energy Efficiency and Demand Reduction
Solar  Waste to Energy
 Wind  Emissions Reduction
Hydropower  Clean Transport
 Tidal / Ocean  Climate Change Adaptation
 Energy Products from Forestry  Agriculture and agribusinesses
 Rural Electrification & Energy Access  Productive use of Clean Energy
Ecosystem Services Tourism
Urban & Peri-Urban Development Water & Sanitation



Submission of Applications and Supporting Material

All submissions are to be made online through PFAN’s Climate-Invest Management system. Applications submitted via email cannot be considered.

In order to be considered, applicants must complete the following 3 steps:

  1. Registration through the online PFAN Climate-Invest Management System
  2. Completion of the online Application Form in the PFAN Climate-Invest Management System
  3. Submission of a Project Proposal and supporting documents through the online PFAN Climate-Invest Management System.

More detailed information about the process can be found in the Prospectus of the Call for Proposals


Please note the project proposal document to be uploaded should be in MS Word format, and should not exceed 20 pages including the cover page, contents, charts, and tables. Shorter documents are preferable to longer ones. Page setup, spacing, font size and type face are at your discretion but the document should be reader friendly. A maximum of 3 annexes may be used to provide additional information (e.g. the cash flow model in MS Excel format) provided that these do not exceed a further 10 pages of written information or the combined data volume limit. The total data volume of all files submitted to PFAN should not exceed 20 MB. PFAN reserves the right to not evaluate any proposals which exceed the data limit or the page limit.

To start, please register here: https://climate-invest.fluxx.io/apply/pfan_registration .

Applications can be prepared and submitted at https://climate-invest.fluxx.io/.

Please see the Climate Invest How-To Guide for more details on the registration and application processes. For additional questions regarding the process please send us an email.

Participants selected to advance into the next round will be notified in due course depending on the evaluation cycle, ranging from 3 to 6 months. Once a project is selected, it will receive coaching from professional experts


Disclaimer: PFAN is using Climate-Invest, a grant management portal to manage the PFAN project pipeline. However, PFAN does not provide any form of grant and offers technical assistance only.



Selected projects will have a coach assigned according to their needs and requirements. They will receive the following PFAN services:

One-on-one coaching up to an agreed time / monetary value as negotiated between the PFAN management team and the nominated coaches.

Coaching will be provided by industry experts, consultants, advisors, as well as other members of the PFAN Network.The nominated coaches have extensive experience in providing advisory services to clean energy businesses across the globe.

Coaching input will be provided by e-mail and telephone exchange between the parties.


For more information, please see the Prospectus for the Project Development and Financing Initiative for Climate and Clean Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa.


We look forward to receiving your submission!


PFAN is hosted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP).



For more information, please see the following documents:


Prospectus OPEN RfP – PDFI Sub-Saharan Africa

Proposal Guidelines

Open Call FAQ

PFAN Climate Invest – How To

Checklist Call for Proposals