Solar E-Waste Challenge

Deadline Date – 15-Dec-2019
Solar E-Waste Challenge
A program to support innovations in off-grid solar e-waste management.
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
The Global LEAP Solar E-Waste Challenge, supported by USAID, will make up to
$1.2 million in grant funding available to support the research and development
of more sustainable solar home system and battery technologies for the off-grid
solar sector in sub-Saharan Africa. Innovations should extend product and/or
component lifespan; enhance product repairability and recyclability; facilitate
refurbishment, reuse or repurposing; or reduce rare metal and hazardous material