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Why was the Energy Map created?

Around the world, social entrepreneurs are pioneering methods to bring affordable renewable energy to the 1.3 billion people without grid electricity and the 3 billion people cooking with polluting, unhealthy traditional stoves. While they currently serve only a fraction of the existing market, the technologies and business models they are developing have the potential, if successfully scaled and replicated, to serve almost everyone.

Who is this site for?

The Energy Map is for anyone who wants to learn about the challenges and opportunities for providing clean energy to the 3+ billion people living in energy poverty. Our goal is to help you better understand energy delivery for customers underserved by traditional markets, and the technologies and business models being used to help empower the bottom billions. This map contains data from over 60 enterprises around the world.

Why are we doing this?

2015 marks the sixth year of Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship’s focus on the energy sector. We help social enterprises scale technology-based solutions to serve the 1.3 billion people who are not connected to an electrical grid. Through our work, Miller Center develops issue expertise along with a network of successful enterprises and international collaborators that enable us to vastly expand impact in addressing energy poverty. As part of the Applied Materials Collaborative on Clean Energy for the Underserved, we are using this website to share our findings.

How can I use the map?

Use this map if you are interested in following current and future trends in base of the pyramid energy consumption. We have made it easy for you to learn about work already being done by social enterprises and other players in the energy space. This map will help you to better understand energy delivery for customers underserved by traditional markets, and the technologies and business models being used to fight energy poverty.

“Miller Center has focused for a number of years on critical sectors such as off-grid electrification, enabling us to build up a much deeper understanding of what it takes, technically and organizationally to have a large, lasting impact on the variety of ┬ápopulations we address.”
Thane Kreiner, Ph.D., Executive Director, Miller Center