Providing everyone with access to reliable energy is one of the 21st century’s great challenges. More than a billion people around the world lack access to electricity.

Without energy, society struggles to progress. People rely on electricity for lighting, heating, cooling and communications. Business and farms need energy to drive productivity. Communities rely on energy for essential services such as healthcare, sanitation and education.

Shell recognises this vital need. We see an opportunity to invest in energy access solutions in Africa and Asia. Our approach focuses on proven technologies and business models that can be deployed at a large scale and replicated. These include mini-grids and decentralised solar energy systems that can power homes and businesses.

Shell has made recent investments in several companies which support productive uses of electricity in underserved communities. They provide systems for residential, agricultural, commercial and industrial activities which use electricity directly to make goods or provide services.

Energy access investments

  • Husk Power System

    Husk Power Systems

    A leading rural distributed utility company operating mini-grids in Asia and Africa.

    Visit the Husk website

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    SolarNow

    A provider of solar solutions to homes and businesses in East Africa.

    Visit the SolarNow website

  • SteamaCo control panel

    SteamaCo

    A company that sells off-grid smart metering technology to companies developing mini-grids in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

    Visit the SteamaCo website

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    SunFunder

    A solar debt financing firm that supports the growth of commercial businesses improving energy access.

    Visit the SunFunder website

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