Energy Map


Energy Sector Focus




Energy is one of the most urgent development challenges and appropriate solutions have the potential to create sustainable positive impact for billions. In 2009, GSBI began a specific focus on working with organizations tackling the problem of the 1.5 billion people living off the electrical grid. 

Around the world, social entrepreneurs are pioneering methods to bring affordable renewable energy to the 1.5 billion people without grid electricity and the 3 billion people cooking with polluting, unhealthy traditional stoves. While they currently serve only a fraction of the existing market, the technologies and business models they are developing have the potential, if successfully scaled and replicated, to serve almost everyone. 

To help you better understand energy delivery for customers underserved by traditional markets, and the technologies and business models being used to help empower the bottom billions, we have created the Energy Map. 

The Energy Map is for anyone who wants to learn about the challenges and opportunities for providing clean energy to the 3+ billion people living in energy poverty. Our goal is to help you better understand energy delivery for customers underserved by traditional markets, and the technologies and business models being used to help empower the bottom billions. This map contains data from over 60 enterprises around the world. 

Go to our energy map to better understand energy delivery for customers underserved by traditional markets, and the technologies and business models being used to fight energy poverty. 



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Applied Materials Applied Materials demonstrates value as a global citizen in part by the strategic investment of financial and human resources to improve communities, create opportunities, and offer a brighter future to people around the world. As part of the Applied Materials Collaborative on Clean Energy for the Underserved, we have developed the Energy Map, a tool for anyone who wants to learn about the challenges and opportunities for providing clean energy to the 3+ billion people living in energy poverty. 


 Mark Walker


"Our announced commitment with GSBI is part of our continued effort to help social entrepreneurs improve their ability to scale (grow) their business and create significantly more impact. It is a nice fit with this year’s Clinton Global Initiative theme of “Designing for Impact” since our commitment enables the Center to provide business model and organizational capacity training, as well as expert mentoring, to 18 social entrepreneurs in India and China over the next three years.” 

-Mark Walker, Applied Materials 




Accelerating Widespread Adoption of Distributed Energy:
Solutions Targeting Small &  Medium-sized Enterprises

Our research paper, Accelerating Widespread Adoption of Distributed Energy: Solutions: Targeting Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, is available for download here

Abstract:

Distributed energy is a critical driver for new business creation and the growth of small and medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the developing world; the SME sector is also an engine for driving adoption of distributed energy solutions. SMEs provide the majority of jobs in developing countries. Combining productive use, reducing costs, and improving financing of energy solutions for SMEs can accelerate adoption of distributed energy essential for economic growth in the developing world. We propose designing energy solutions that match a SME’s productive use, and linking these solutions to appropriate energy financing.

 



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