A woman on Seachar's stove project in Costa Rica

Photograph courtesy Seattle Biochar Working Group

Innovative Energy Solutions

The Great Energy Challenge grant program, in collaboration with a distinguished group of scientists acting as the board of advisors, awards roughly a half-dozen grants per year. The goal of the grant program is to hasten the growth of promising, global energy solutions as a response to climate change, energy resource constraints and environmental limitations.

The grant program highlights innovative efforts addressing these issues and seeks to help leaders navigate the difficulties of early-stage entrepreneurship. The grant program has a global focus, yet aims to highlight solutions for a specific country or community. These promising endeavors make strides toward alleviating energy poverty, developing new technology and/or identifying the greatest potential for large energy gains.

The Great Energy Challenge grant program supports the following grantees:

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    Takamoto Biogas

    Takamoto Biogas has created the world's first lease-to-own biogas product, a system using cow dung as a feedstock to produce gas for cooking purposes.

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    Sanivation

    Sanivation is using modern business principles and simple technologies to deliver energy and sanitation services to the urban poor.

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    Qorax Energy

    Qorax enables access to high-quality solar lanterns and home systems for low-income families using mobile payment plans.

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    Elephant Energy

    Elephant is dedicated to helping small-scale solar beat out kerosene in Namibia and Zambia.

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    SunFarmer

    SunFarmer provides off-grid solar energy to community institutions in developing countries, primarily Nepal.

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    PEG Ghana

    PEG Ghana is setting up a 24-hour call center to handle customer concerns and technical issues for its metered Pay As You Go solar home systems.

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    Carbon Roots International

    Carbon Roots International (CRI) has launched a social enterprise venture centered on the creation of carbon-rich char dust from sustainable and renewable agricultural waste biomass.

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    Sanergy

    Sanergy makes hygienic sanitation accessible and affordable in Africa's informal settlements.

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    Eco Energy Finance

    Eco Energy Finance offers a portfolio of renewable energy products that is comparable in cost to what Pakistani villagers currently spend to meet their lighting needs.

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    Niuera

    Niuera (formerly reNo-Va) works at the intersection of grassroots and national needs for the development of sustainable energy strategies for Mexico and Central America.

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    International Development Enterprises (iDE)

    International Development Enterprises (iDE) works to provide clean, affordable solar irrigation pumps to subsistence farmers in Nepal.

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    Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC)

    iCSC works to put electric mini-buses on roads in the Philippines, charging them with solar power.

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    Eco-Fuel Africa

    Eco-Fuel Africa teaches women and farmers in Uganda to become micro-entrepeneurs in clean energy.

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    Solar Sister

    Solar Sister creates entrepeneurial clean energy networks among women in Uganda.

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    Impact Energies

    Impact Energies is creating the first countrywide repair network for solar lighting systems in Africa.