At Acumen’s Energy Summit in London, we chatted with sector experts about the current state of investing in off-grid energy. Collectively, we examined the types of capital required to scale off-grid energy companies and the magnitude of investment needed to achieve universal energy access. Led by Daniel Goldfarb, CEO of Lendable , and Amar Inamdar, Managing Director of a growth fund for off-grid energy startups in East Africa, the conversation identified and addressed often overlooked barriers standing in our collective pathway to scale off-grid solutions.
There were three key threads that emerged.
To reduce risk, understand your customer . The off-grid energy sector is scaling rapidly with huge customer demand, yet there is little understanding about where this scale will lead and what customer behavior actually looks like. “You can’t deploy commercial capital if you don’t understand risk,” Daniel said. “If you don’t understand the end customers of these companies, […]