MORE THAN ONE BILLION PEOPLE LIVE WITHOUT ELECTRICITY AND ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE POWER

INVESTMENT SECTOR: ENERGY

The world has made progress in increased energy for all over the last decade; however, the poor continue to be especially vulnerable economically, health-wise, and environmentally. Today, 1.06 billion people, or 13% of the world’s population, are living without it. Our companies—which are innovators in hand-held solar products, distributed power, clean cookstoves, and more— are changing this.

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Our Approach

The Problem

There are 1.06 billion people living without electricity today, lacking affordable, accessible options for power. When people are denied access to energy, they are denied the opportunity to flourish and reach their full potential.

 

The Opportunity

A growing number of entrepreneurs are developing and delivering new technologies, innovations and business models—from off-grid solar solutions for homes and small businesses to solar pumps powering irrigation solutions—that bring clean energy to low-income communities for the first time.

The Solution

Off-grid energy solutions have the potential to reach segments of the population current solutions do not. Acumen investees serve customers with low purchasing power who would otherwise be relying on dirty fuels or waiting for decades for the centralized grid to reach their community.

Our Impact in Energy

$21.5M

Invested in

Breakthrough energy innovations
19

Energy Companies

Providing Choice Not Charity
81M

Lives Impacted

With Dignity Not Dependece
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ENERGY IMPACT SERIES

Our energy impact series features lessons on the social impact of off-grid energy access in emerging markets, complemented by customer data collected through our Lean Data approach to impact measurement.

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