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We’re scaling off-grid solar distribution into sub-Saharan Africa’s underserved markets to help achieve universal energy access.

  • Program
  • Energy
  • Sub-Saharan Africa H2R

Over 10 years, our goal is to help achieve universal energy access in sub-Saharan Africa.

will be deployed for off-grid solar companies
people will be electrified with solar products
tonnes of CO2 emissions will be avoided
countries with the lowest electrification rates

The Hardest-to-Reach are within our reach.

Using a creative approach to finance, we will invest in off-grid solar companies working to provide energy access for unelectrified households.

Off-grid solar distributors, including local enterprises, bring developed distribution networks and context-specific knowledge. Supporting these companies is critical for accessing last-mile customers.

Established businesses that manufacture and distribute off-grid solar products play a key role in scaling up clean energy delivery in underserved markets, as well as driving the most effective practices.

Mini-grids are part of the solution towards SDG 7, providing reliable and affordable energy that can power economic growth for remote and underserved communities. Newer technologies will play a role in addressing unique use cases and evolving market contexts.

Technician shows man how to operate solar powered lighting in East African home
An aerial shot of a minigrid in rural Kenya

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REACH Partnership

The Renewable Energy Access Challenge (REACH) Partnership is a joint initiative bringing together the World Bank, Acumen, Mercy Corps, Power Africa, SEforALL, GOGLA, and more to expand clean energy access in Hardest-to-Reach geographies.

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