Our Work To Eliminate Energy Poverty

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. 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.

Our announced commitment with GSBI is part of our continued effort to help social entrepreneurs improve their ability to scale 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.


Distributed energy is a critical driver for new business creation and the growth of small and medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) as well as social entrepreneurs in the developing world; this 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 and social entrepreneurs can accelerate adoption of distributed energy that is essential for economic growth in the developing world. We propose designing energy solutions that match these enterprises’ productive use, and linking these solutions to appropriate energy financing.