Energy for households
Millions of people in Africa rely on kerosene lamps and candles to light their homes, and burn wood on open fires to cook and heat water. This is dangerous, harmful polluting and expensive. Batteries are widely used to power radios and people often have to travel for miles to charge their mobile phones.
We work with companies to develop markets for solar products (small solar lanterns or larger photovoltaic systems), efficient cookstoves and cleaner biomass fuels.
We support businesses offering financing mechanisms, such as pay-as-you go, or ‘mobile money’ – where customers pay via mobile phones – to increase the affordability of solar power.
We also support distributors who pioneer innovative strategies to make clean electricity available to isolated communities, as well as developers of green mini-grids in rural areas which are not served by the national electricity grid.