TEA Forum highlights critical need for partnerships in scaling clean energy

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The clean energy access sector needs agile financing mechanisms and strong partnerships to help scale innovative and inclusive solutions for millions worldwide. At Shell Foundation, we are committed to making a clean energy transition that works for everyone, from our customers and solution providers right through to our finance and scaling partners.  Impact Delivered Through…

Enhancing livelihoods for women using Productive Energy Use appliances

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As Shell Foundation seeks to empower 14 million women to earn a living income by 2032, it is critical that we look at productive use of energy and innovative financing mechanisms that are gender intentional and geared towards positive gender outcomes.   Gender gaps  A new report from CrossBoundary Advisory and Odyssey, funded by Shell…

Improving accessibility of productive-use solar products

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Solar irrigation has many benefits such as supporting energy access, food security, poverty alleviation, climate adaptation and mitigation, as well as responsible water resource management.  However, the technology has faced challenges in its wide adoption by smallholder farmers in Africa who contribute up to 70% of the food supply on the continent. Technical and financial…

Financial innovations are key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

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Mobilising capital to fund early-stage innovations is central to Shell Foundation’s five-year strategy. These innovations are critical to advancing the social, economic, and environmental goals, creating technology and services at scale, which can reach under-served customers who are often excluded from the financial system. Social enterprises face a crucial dilemma: How do they generate sufficient…

Insights from a Pilot Programme for Healthcare Electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Healthcare facilities need reliable and affordable electricity to provide quality care and strengthen health systems. However, many of them in sub-Saharan Africa lack consistent power supply, affecting their ability to serve their patients effectively. To address this challenge, Shell Foundation, the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office through the Transforming Energy Access platform, Power Africa,…

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation and Shell Foundation sign MOU expansion to support distributed renewable energy solutions in emerging markets

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Initial collaboration exceeded deployment targets within two years.  Partnership demonstrates how philanthropic and development finance institutions can align to enable faster deployment of capital into impact sectors.  Expansion will support several distributed renewable energy (DRE) areas including energy for households and local enterprises, e-mobility, and climate-smart agri-tech.  Specific focus on local representation and consideration for…

BII, Shell Foundation, and SunCulture pilot innovative carbon financing to accelerate access to solar irrigation systems for Kenyan farmers

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British International Investment and Shell Foundation approve $2.6m carbon credit pilot investment to scale supply of solar irrigation in Kenya. Investment will allow SunCulture to provide a 25-40 per cent reduction in upfront product cost and reach an additional 9,000 smallholder farmers. Smallholder farmers in Kenya produce 78 per cent of the country’s food; only…

Shell Foundation supported S4S Technologies claims Earthshot Prize

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Shell Foundation portfolio partner, S4S Technologies, was announced last week as a winner of the 2023 Earthshot Prize in the ‘Build a Waste-Free World’ category. S4S was awarded £1 million to help scale their innovative solutions and growth in India and beyond.   Impact of S4S Technologies  S4S Technologies (S4S) is an Indian food tech…

Current funding trends for health facility electrification is widening the investment gap

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A comprehensive health facility electrification (HFE) report has been published, which highlights the total investment and the subsequent investment gap needed to sustainably electrify health facilities across seven countries in the Global South. Partnerships, strategy, and support In a collaborative project supported by Shell Foundation with UK Aid though the Transforming Energy Access (TEA) platform,…

Partnering to build Malawi’s premier PAYGo solar company

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Supporting early-stage innovators to develop income-generating energy technologies is at the core of Shell Foundation’s strategy. Alongside the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, through the TIME partnership, we have been supporting VentureBuilder since 2019.   Benefits of in country knowledge VentureBuilder looks to support African-owned and managed off-grid solar distribution businesses. These enterprises know their…