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Terra Watt Prize – FAQ

The answers to additional FAQs can be found by registering on the Terra Watt Prize website.

Who can participate?

Applicants must have experience implementing energy access services to the off-grid community. We are not seeking startups that are offering a new but untested technology or service. 

How much time will it take to complete the application?

The application process is intended to be rigorous to allow for the best possible due diligence. A detailed timeline, including key deadlines and phases of review, is available on the website.

Who owns the technology?

Applicants maintain full ownership of their organization, technology, and any related intellectual property. However, National Geographic retains the media rights to publish stories on the technology, through any media, at its discretion.

Is it necessary to provide continuous electricity (24 hours a day/7 days a week)?

Continuous electricity is not a requirement. The minimum requirement is to provide enough electricity for three light bulbs and for charging one cell phone for 50 households. The applicant will decide for how many hours per day and days per week.

Is there a preference for a particular type of technology?

There is no preference given to any particular type of technology.

Have the investors committed to investing?

Whether lending or donating money, investors will not make commitments without knowing the details of the applications, at which time they can determine if any applications appeal to their interests. One goal of the Terra Watt Prize is to provide the necessary information to help investors make those decisions. 

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