Providing reliable power in emerging markets

Today, around 800 million people have no electricity access at all, and hundreds of millions more have unreliable power supply. With the bulk of the electricity demand growth is projected to be in emerging markets, customers with unreliable electricity supply today are spending large portions of their income on polluting off grid solutions. The dual challenge of providing more and cleaner energy solutions is one Shell is looking to help address. By 2030, Shell aspires to provide reliable electricity to 100 million people in Africa and emerging Asia, who do not have it today.

How is Shell building its energy access business?

As with all our businesses, we start with the customer. Our approach addresses the two gaps in the emerging power markets- improving reliability of existing power supply to on—grid customers and providing first power to off-grid customers and communities. To date, Shell has made investments in seven companies that specialize in solar home systems, mini-grids, and rooftop solar plus key enablers such as smart metering and debt financing. In addition to continuing selective investments in Energy Access companies and actively managing our existing portfolio, we look to develop large-scale power projects in key markets and leverage global partnerships to deliver Shell’s ambition.

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