27 July 2017
Announcing the investments, Paulo Almirante, Executive Vice President with responsibilities including corporate and social responsibility and president of ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies, declared, "Through its social impact investment fund Rassembleurs d'Energies, ENGIE progresses on its commitment to fight against energy poverty by providing access to sustainable energy to deprived populations. Not only does it generate a huge impact through the action of the local entrepreneurs it supports but it also rallies new investors in financing the tremendous needs of these industries. These three new investments will contribute to ENGIE’s goal of providing 20 million people around the world with access to sustainable, decentralized energy by 2020."
In Latin America, ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies is expanding its portfolio by investing in KINGO, a company that specializes in access to clean energy in Latin America and Africa. KINGO offers individual solar electrification solutions to people in Guatemala who are not connected to the grid. Currently, through its network of 700 local agents, the company provides electrical access to more than 170,000 beneficiaries by equipping them with decentralized photovoltaic equipment using “pay as you go” technology. KINGO supports its customers by maintaining the installed systems and responding to changes in their needs over time. The investment, made jointly with development banks Proparco 1 and FMO 2 as well as other local social impact investors, should enable the company to bring electricity to more than 1.5 million people by the end of the decade.
In India, ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies is supporting Mera Gao Power (MGP) in a new round of fundraising. MGP offers solar microgrids to unconnected rural populations in the state of Uttar Pradesh in northern India. After an initial investment in 2015 that enabled MGP to electrify more than 1,800 villages and serve nearly 115,000 beneficiaries, Rassembleurs d’Energies has agreed to join European fund ElectriFi and social impact investor Insitor in a second investment. This round of financing will allow the company to accelerate its roll-out over the next two years and serve more than 700,000 beneficiaries by 2020.
In Cambodia, ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies is participating in the first round of financing for ATEC, a company that produces and distributes biodigesters. The company, created by 2 Australian NGOs (Engineers Without Borders and Live and Learn), designed and developed the biodigesters, which can withstand floods, for use by rural populations. The aim is to provide them with clean cooking solutions and biofertilizers while fighting deforestation, one of the biggest challenges for the region. This joint investment, alongside 2 Australian social impact investment funds and the Ensemble Foundation, will allow ATEC to serve more than 50,000 beneficiaries in Cambodia and the surrounding region by 2020. It is the first investment by ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies in Southeast Asia.
The invested sums in these 3 projects come from the ENGIE funding, increased to €50 million in 2016, and from the ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies FCPE (employee investment fund), through which more than 18,000 shareholders have been able to give meaning to their savings in connection with their profession.
Illustration Photo: The ShineOn project in Guatemala replace kerosene lamps with solar lighting. This project was sponsored in part by the Lindbergh Foundation. (credits: John Barrie / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))