Energy
 

Our goal is to give the poor access to clean, sustainable energy. We focus on rural areas that have low rates of electrification, primarily in India and sub-Saharan Africa. We support programmes that bring distributed electricity-generation to underserved communities. We promote policy that supports renewable energy and we unlock new sources of capital for renewable energy.
 

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Over 1.3 billion people have no access to electricity. Many with a grid connection have unreliable, low-quality electricity service. For cooking and heating, more than 2.6 billion people rely on polluting fuels and stoves. Access to clean, reliable, high-quality energy has health, social, environmental, and livelihood benefits. More-efficient lighting and appliances reduce the need for electricity, both in areas with distributed power generation and in grid-connected areas where electricity may not be generated from renewable sources. Well-designed policy changes secure benefits for vulnerable populations and also promote development and environmental and financial sustainability.

 

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