100&Change:2021

25x25: Ending Energy Poverty Faster

Power For All

The 25x25 Electricity Access Acceleration Collaborative will work to bring decentralized renewable energy to 25 emerging markets, ending energy poverty in those markets by 2025.

Last Updated: March 2022
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Competition Participation
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100&Change:2021
Subject
Climate Change & Environment
Current Work Location(s):
  • Sierra Leone
  • Zimbabwe
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Uganda
  • Malawi
  • Nepal
  • Burkina Faso
  • Myanmar
  • Ethiopia
Priority Population(s):
  • Low-income people
  • Extremely poor people
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 7. Affordable and clean energy

Executive Summary

Nearly a billion people remain trapped in energy poverty and must survive without access to electricity, relying instead on kerosene, diesel, and other fossil fuels. Energy poverty marginalizes those affected, limiting their active role in society and their potential for study, work, and other pursuits. A brighter future is possible. Decentralized renewable energy (DRE), including mini-grids and home solar systems, directly engage energy impoverished individuals in creating their own power.

From Bangladesh to Zimbabwe, energy-poor consumers have proven by the millions that they can—and will—opt for DRE solutions when given the choice and with the right political and financial support. 25x25’s solution is to rapidly develop the ecosystem that enables this choice. By engaging governments, donors, and the private sector, and leveraging consumer choice, we will create vibrant markets that can deliver universal energy access in a fraction of the time predicted, costing less than traditional approaches.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Power For All

website: https://www.powerforall.org
Organization Headquarters
San Francisco, California, United States
Organization ID
81-3803168
Number of Full-time Employees
10 to 25
Annual Operating Budget
$1.0 to 5 Million
Type
Non-profit

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New Energy Nexus and Power for All, together were selected as a 2021 Swift Grant awardee. The Swift Grants fund provides small grants to Bold Solutions Network members for collaborative projects.

This partnership will implement a course on "Energy Microgrids" as part of a clean energy online school that will equip startup entrepreneurs, starting with Asia, with the knowledge and tools to launch their first startup. This course is designed to be scaled to reach thousands of aspiring clean energy entrepreneurs across the world.

Accomplishments

Since our 25x25 collaborative was selected among the top 100 in the most recent 100&Change competition, each of our organizations has continued progress toward our vision of ending energy poverty faster.

The COVID-19 crisis brought into sharp relief the inadequacy of energy infrastructure in many countries, and the energy interdependence in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, the inconsistency of many national grids to serve those most in need during lockdowns has renewed interest in modern, distributed, high-performing decentralized renewable energy systems, highly efficient appliances—including refrigerators for vaccine storage—and batteries. 

By focusing the world like never before on readiness, the pandemic also has helped create an important “teachable moment” for our collaborative around three critical development issues that can be transformed with DRE: food security, jobs, and health. The global lockdown has affected all of them.

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