SunDazer secures funds for clean energy projects
13 December 2013, 10:52
Nairobi - Sundazer Refrigeration, a local firm, will benefit from the $13 million fund international governments and organizations will make available for innovative projects aimed at integrating clean energy technology into agriculture.
The company has been announced as one of 12 organizations that will collectively benefit from the funds that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Swedish Government, Duke Energy Corporation, the German Government, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has committed.
The funds are distributed under the “Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development” initiative.
“Powering Agriculture: A Grand Challenge for Development demonstrates how we can harness ingenuity and entrepreneurship to generate and scale real solutions in our fight to end extreme poverty. Joining a community of hundreds of innovators working across five different Grand Challenges, today's winning ideas prove that we can change the landscape of what is possible in development,” said USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah.
Powering Agriculture, launched in 2012, is a programme designed to link renewable energy technologies with farmers and agribusinesses in low-income countries. Increasing their access to clean energy solutions empowers farmers to produce more and better quality food and products, and move that food to more distant markets.
These advancements feed families, build businesses, and empower communities with affordable, sustainable, and market-based solutions.
Meanwhile, other firms that will benefit from the projects are from Benin, Ethiopia, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Mozambique, Nepal, Senegal and Zambia.
Selected from a pool of 475 applications – 55 percent from developing countries – the winning organizations will design and deploy market-based, clean energy solutions for agricultural production in developing countries.
- CAJ News