Over 1.2 billion people lack access to electricity worldwide and in Mexico alone, more than 2 million are not connected to the electricity grid . These rural households light their homes with candles, diesel or other light sources that can have a negative impact on their health and the environment. Our solution is simple: changing those sources for renewable energy and providing much better lighting quality with our affordable solar home systems. After nine years of working with the base of the socioeconomic pyramid, we have developed a comprehensive model designed to fulfill our mission: fighting poverty through the supply of clean energy. Our model is based in four key pillars: - Product configuration for off-grid needs - Last-mile customer care - Inclusive financing - Social empowerment Our vision: All Mexicans with access to affordable and clean energy.
Soluna Energía - Colombia
Over a million people in Colombia still live without access to quality, reliable energy. Some of these individuals have no access at all, having to rely on candles or kerosene lamps, often walking for up to 3-5 hours just to charge a cell phone. Others are forced to ration their energy use during the 3-5 hours per day allocated by polluting and antiquated diesel-powered microgrids. This is harmful to the environment, expensive for the customers, and, in many cases, a danger to their health. Soluna is a next-generation utility that combines expertise and cutting-edge technology to create a last-mile energy business that provides electricity services to the families in Colombia that do not have access to quality energy. Soluna's customers receive high-quality in-home electrical installations and can connect appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, and TVs. The future is here-- it is just not evenly distributed yet. Soluna exists to change this story and to ensure that all families-- no matter how far or how remote-- have access to power.
ZOLA Electric - Rwanda
ZOLA Electric, previously known as Off Grid Electric, combines Silicon Valley technology with local expertise to offer African homes and businesses a 24/7 solar solution to an unreliable or nonexistent grid. Adaptable to energy need and income, ZOLA Electric’s rooftop solar systems can be bought overtime using micro-finance, PAYGo leasing, and mobile money payments. The first few watts start a chain reaction that enables people to achieve commonly held aspirations: security, education and access to information. We help our customers to light their homes, power small businesses, stay connected and expand opportunities for work and study. Today, ZOLA Electric provides unmatched customer service and clean energy to more than180,000 homes and businesses across Tanzania, Rwanda, Côte d’Ivoire, and Ghana. ZOLA Electric’s investors include: Tesla, Vulcan Capital, DBL Partners, Helios Investment Partners, EDF,Total, and GE Ventures. ZOLA Electric is a recipient of the UN Momentum for Change Award, Zayed Future Energy Prize, and Global Cleantech 100.
Kingo Energy - Guatemala
Kingo has developed an efficient, next-generation solution to deliver energy through a prepaid solar service that is cheaper than candles, kerosene, and diesel. By combining state-of-the-art hardware, software, and commercial innovation, Kingo is enabling people living off-grid to improve connectivity, productivity, and quality of life. While many families living off-grid will spend $15 per month on candles, Kingo's technology reduces the amount of money spent on lighting to just $8 per month. To date, Kingo has provided solar energy to over 2.7 million people and expects to provide energy to more than 100 million homes by 2035.
Trend Solar - Tanzania
TREND SOLAR founded by two British entrepreneurs in 2015, is headquartered in Tanzania. It is a renewable energy technology company with a focus on developing next-generation solutions, for the off-grid users in developing countries.
TREND SOLAR designs, distributes and finances a range of PAYGO (Pay-as-you-go) solar systems from 70Wh systems aimed at low-income households, to 64kW all-in-one battery storage systems for domestic and commercial applications including mini-grids.Through leveraging on the use of portable energy devices in rural households, the company brings affordable access to smartphones, and moreover, internet connection to the local population.