We Benefit from partnerships with a variety of institutions working towards a common goal.
President Obama launched Power Africa in 2013 to bring together technical and legal experts, the private sector, and governments from around the world to work in partnership to increase the number of people with access to power. With bipartisan support from the United States Congress and momentum from new global partners, Power Africa is expanding from an initial focus on six countries to continent-wide support and investment.
Virunga Power is a founding partner of Power Africa's Beyond the Grid initiative, designed to support businesses focusing on small-scale generation and off-grid consumers. Power Africa's Africa Clean Energy Finance facility has also provided support to a Virunga Power-led mini hydropower project in Kenya. Learn more about the Power Africa program here.
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation ("OPIC") is the U.S. government’s development finance institution. OPIC and USTDA’s US-Africa Clean Energy Finance facility (ACEF) supported the expansion and upgrading of feasibility, design, ESIA, and other documentation for Virunga Power’s inaugural community hydro project in Kenya.
Hogan Lovells is a leading global law firm with offices across six continents and over 2,500 lawyers. The partners and associates in the Washington, DC office which specialize in emerging markets power infrastructure, private equity and capital raising, and other related fields have been supporting Virunga Power since 2011.
Ampersand Energy is an owner and operator of small hydro and solar power facilities primarily in the northeastern United States and Canada. Ampersand specializes in developing or acquiring and refurbishing small-scale hydro power projects and currently owns 16 generation plants of 28.5 MW total installed capacity.
Alliance for Rural Electrification
The Alliance for Rural Electrification is a leading advocate for companies and other organizations active in the development of rural electrification projects and policy.
Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
The School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University has partnered with Virunga Power to provide public policy research support and is currently conducting a study on impacts of electrification on rural development and productive use.
GVEP International is a non-profit organization working with businesses in developing countries to increase access to modern energy and to improve the quality of lives for millions of people.
Virunga Power is developing new partnerships to further our goals of bringing grid-quality power to rural communities across sub-Saharan Africa. If your organization has a complementary mission, please reach out to our team here.