Develop scalable solutions to address global energy poverty

Courtesy of US Government

Why compete?

Learning opportunity

Learn about one of the most pressing issues facing humanity from experts in the field

Huge untapped market potential

A market of 1.1 billion unserved people is one of the largest market opportunities today


Winners of the regional rounds and the global round will be featured on press releases, social media, and various media outlets


Participate in banquets and other social events with participants active in the sector

Sponsored field pilot

Winners of the regional round will be provided enough funding to complete a 2-month long field pilot

Significant Prize Monies

Amongst the regional rounds and global final winners a maximum $1 Million dollar prize purse will be distributed

Target customer community

Solutions are expected to serve customers with the following characteristics and needs.

Primarily off-grid

Tier 0-1 energy access

Purchasing power below $1.90 per day

Living in rural areas

Limited access to banking

<50% have bank accounts

Using feature phones

<40% have smartphones

Energy needs

Solutions must provide Tier 2 energy access (200+ watt hours per day), which includes:

Household uses

Household uses include: single house lighting, phone charging, telecommunication, entertainment, air circulation, refrigeration, water pumping, home cooling, smart cooking, electric two- and three-wheeler charging, etc.

Community uses

Community uses include: multiple home solutions for public lighting, water pumping & purification, education and health facilities, etc.

Productive uses

Productive uses include: agriculture processing, light manufacturing (sewing, pottery, weaving, carpentry), construction, food processing, commerce, new incoming opportunities, etc.

Competition tracks

The competition has four tracks, arranged by type of model and type of solution. For more details, refer to the competition guide.

Commercially available solutions Emerging solutions
Track 1
Decentralized models

Track 1A

Example solutions could include: solar home systems, pay-go systems

Track 1B

Example solutions could include: new household-level ideas that may interconnect

Track 2
Centralized utility models

Track 2A

Example solutions could include: mini- and micro-grids

Track 2B

Example solutions could include: Top-down solutions with a system operator


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Competition guide

Detailed description and judging rubrics for the competition.


Tech design library

Guidelines to help you with your project.


Competition Rules

Official rules of the competition.



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