Call for applications for the SADC Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship Support Facility 

  • An initiative of the  International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE) which closes on Sunday, 13 November 2022 at 23:59 Central African Time (CAT).

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The SADC Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship Support Facility is being implemented in the sixteen-member countries of the SADC and builds on the Memorandum of Understanding between SACREEE and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), signed in February 2017, to support renewable energy market development in the SADC region through capacity building of small to medium-sized entrepreneurs (SMEs). The Facility has been fully supported financially by IRENA from its inception in 2019 to 2021. In January 2022, SACREEE signed a grant agreement with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) through the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) for capacity building of SMEs in the renewable energy area in SADC for a period from February 2022 to August 2022. 

The Facility serves as a technical support and mentorship platform to address some of the challenges experienced by the entrepreneurs, specifically, to enhance and strengthen the capacity of small-to-medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) in assessing the business potential of sustainable energy, developing viable business plans and funding requests, managing and maintaining their businesses successfully. Furthermore, the Facility also aims to increase the confidence of financial institutions in sustainable energy systems and create linkages between the entrepreneurs and financial institutions.

Enterprises, especially women/youths-led or women/youth-managed, from SADC Member States and the Indian Ocean States, are invited to submit their applications for technical support in the following two (2) areas:

  1. Refining renewable energy project proposals in order to reach bankability.
  2. Enterprise development through the Facility’s training.


Please note that this is a Technical Support Facility and selected entrepreneurs will be sponsored to participate in the training workshops. The training will be held virtually. However, sponsorship will cover the transportation and accommodation costs should the training be conducted physically. The Facility does not provide capital funding but facilitates enterprise financing through matchmaking and linking entrepreneurs with potential funders. 

  • Selection: The applications will go through a selection process and successful applicants will be contacted.
  • Submission: Please submit your applications using the Application Form Template attached to: . Only electronic submissions using the Application Template will be considered.
  • Language: Please indicate the language of training you prefer for the training from the three (3): English, French or Portuguese.

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