Fair and Sustainable Energy Access for All
Vision and mission
Worldwide, 2.6 billion people still rely on fossil biomass for cooking and lighting, 1.3 billion have no access to modern electricity services, and an estimated 1 billion rely on unreliable electricity sources. This situation is particularly detrimental for households and micro-enterprises at the Base of the Pyramid.
At MicroEnergy International, we believe that access to renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies through microfinance can lead to a world free of energy poverty.
MicroEnergy International is a private consulting company with more than 30 employees and a strong background in energy engineering and economics, microfinance, management and social sciences. We have more than ten years of experience in more than 30 countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
MicroEnergy International is based in Berlin, Germany, has a second office in Latin America and is active in many countries in the global South.
What we do
MicroEnergy International works with microfinance institutions, energy product & service providers, international development actors and research institutions in order to set up clean energy microfinance schemes. In this framework, MEI takes care of the overall project management (from planning through implementation to evaluation), thereby designing, evaluating and optimizing energy products and services, and ensuring that financial instruments are tailored to the needs of the business sector and end-users. MEI finally strengthens its activities through scientific quality management, in partnership with research institutions worldwide, and offers a variety of training opportunities.
Fair & Sustainable Energy Access for All
Millions of households and micro enterprises are excluded from one of the main drivers of productivity and development: affordable and reliable energy supply.
In total, more than 2.6 billion people rely on fossil biomass and 1.3 billion have no access to modern electricity services. This has not only a negative impact on their health and education opportunities, it affects their household financial portfolios and the competitiveness of their businesses. The energy supply systems they rely on are often dirty, weak and expensive. While an entrepreneur in an industrial country pays just a few cents for a kWh, a micro business in rural Africa can pay up to several Euros in order to get the same unit of energy.
Modern energy technologies and services, innovative business models and smart financial instruments can make a change and enable a fair & sustainable energy access for all.