Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

Solar E-Waste Challenge

The Solar E-Waste Challenge is hosted by The Global Leap Awards, which promotes technological innovations in emerging markets. 

Off-grid solar technologies provide life-changing access to modern energy services for people and communities currently living without electricity. The global market for these products is nascent but growing quickly. In 2017, the off-grid solar sector provided new or enhanced access to energy for an estimated 73 million households – over 360 million people – with significant year-over-year growth expected into the future.

E-waste generated by the off-grid solar sector represents less than 0.1% of global e-waste streams, but investment now will ensure the industry’s growth is sustainable over the long term and further enhance the sector’s reputation as a leader in environmental responsibility.

The Global LEAP Solar E-Waste Challenge will make $1 million in grant funding available to companies with innovative approaches to e-waste management in the off-grid solar sector in sub-Saharan Africa, which includes solar lanterns, solar home systems (SHSs), and solar-powered appliances at their end-of-life.

Grant funding is available for recycling and e-waste management companies who work with (or plan to work with) the off-grid solar sector operating across sub-Saharan Africa, other specialized e-waste service providers, and off-grid solar distributors who want to pilot or expand end-of-life operations.

Successful applicants will receive funding to support implementation of their proposed projects over a 12-month period. A series of case studies based on lessons learned from each project will be developed at the end of the implementation period.

For further information, please contact [email protected].

Applications are due by May 15th, 2019. Access the application and additional competition resources in the sidebar section. 

Infographic highlighting details of the challenge (including Recycling, specialized waste, and solar home systems).