Energy Access

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Access to sustainable energy underpins many aspects of a healthy, sustainable economy. However, less than one-fourth of the investment required for universal energy access is taking place. While there are proven technologies and business models that can increase access to clean, affordable, and reliable energy, financing these projects and enterprises continues to be a persistent challenge.

The Energizing Finance series, developed by Sustainable Energy for All in partnership with CPI, captures finance for the two key areas of energy access: electrification and clean cooking. The annual report focuses on public and private finance commitments in 20 developing countries that together are home to nearly 80 percent of those living without access to sustainable and modern energy.

Latest work


Rethinking the future of rural energy in Indonesia amid COVID-19

With the dawn of COVID-19, there is an immediate need for policymakers to create an investment environment that nudges capital flow towards decentralized renewable energy.


If given the chance, Indonesia’s COVID-19 stimulus can build a green, resilient economy

Indonesia has a unique opportunity to learn from past mistakes and build a recovery that improves the country’s chances for economic stability and growth.


Enhancing Decentralized Renewable Energy Investment in Indonesia

Existing decentralized renewable energy business models fail to address prevailing barriers in the sector, ranging from policy barriers, limited access to finance, and high investment risks, discouraging private investments.


India’s lightbulb moment: Not using this crisis for meaningful energy sector reform would be a waste

The trend of low power demand, now furthered in the post-COVID economy, and increased RE generation, will continue to put a ceiling on the PLF of the thermal fleet.


Drivers and Challenges for Rooftop Solar Loans to Small and Medium Enterprises in India

A CAPEX model with a commercial loan for the off-taker is a potential solution for these categories of customers. In this report, we assess the viability of the CAPEX loan model with a focus on the MSME sector, identify barriers to uptake, and recommended policy solutions to these barriers.


The Lab: 2017-2018 Cycle Instrument Analysis

Selected for development from among hundreds of ideas submitted, the Lab’s investors prioritized ideas from sectors that remain critical for climate change action.


PopLuz | Distributed Energy for Social Housing (DESH)

The Distributed Energy for Social Housing Fund (DESH) is a financial solution that can accelerate distributed solar power for low-income tenants in Brazil. It is a third-party ownership and rental model for distributed solar systems in low-income condominiums in Brazil. It provides a robust, low-risk structure for investors, and energy cost savings for the low-income tenants.


Optimizing Public Payment Support to Enhance the Credit Rating of Renewable Projects in India

Investors in Indian renewable energy projects often cite counterparty risk as one of their primary concerns. A recent CPI study found that this risk perception can add as much as 1.04% to the cost of debt for renewable energy projects.


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