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Last Mile Solutions for Low-Income Customers

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 8, 2019
Updated: Friday, April 5, 2019

Last Mile Solutions for Low-Income Customers
by Richard Gomes and Meera Shah

In this report, the Shell Foundation shares the findings from their work with leading social enterprises to build sustainable rural value chains in the off-grid energy sector over the last two decades. Drawing on success and failure, they note the evolution of several approaches that can help businesses to better understand and serve rural customers, lower distribution costs and broaden reach, including the emergence of dedicated intermediaries who improve cost-efficiency through the combination of technology, specialization and economies of scale. They offer insight to help entrepreneurs select and implement these solutions effectively.

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Tags:  Rural  social enterprise  sustainable energy 

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Closing the Circuit: Accelerating Clean Energy Investment in India

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 2, 2018
Closing the Circuit: Accelerating Clean Energy Investment in India
by Miller Center, William Davidson Institute

Miller Center and the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan partnered to produce this report in September 2018. The Energy Access India Program (EAI) recognizes that development of solar energy, including decentralized solar off-grid and mini grids can immediately extend clean energy access to those who need it most. This report is based on the experiences of enterprises and investors working to scale up clean energy access through mentorship, which boosts enterprises’ investor readiness by facilitating more funding. It analyzes the business models and strategies that EAI portfolio companies implemented and provides actionable recommendations for enterprises and investors to influence the development of the overall clean energy industry. Read the full report.

Tags:  2018  energy  sector publication  sustainable energy 

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