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Powering the Last Mile

Working across the public and private sectors to scale distributed renewable energy solutions to empower communities worldwide.
Overview

Empowering Communities Worldwide

While significant progress has been made to expand access to electricity in undeserved, low-income communities worldwide, core challenges remain. That is why we are pioneering a groundbreaking enterprise with Tata Power called TP Renewable Microgrid, building innovative programs like Smart Power India and Smart Power Myanmar, driving progressive utility partnerships and the first project financing facility for multiple countries in Africa, and expanding access to reliable, renewable power for critical facilities in Puerto Rico.

 
Regions
Africa, India, Myanmar and Puerto Rico
 
  • 840Million

    people have no access to power worldwide

  • 650Million

    people will still be without power by 2030, at the current rate of progress

  • 5/46Countries

    in sub-Saharan Africa today consume above 1,000 kWh per capita, the threshold for a middle-energy economy

Our Approach

At The Rockefeller Foundation, we are leading the development of large-scale, innovative partnerships, crowding-in investment, and piloting breakthrough and sustainable solutions to power the last mile.

  • I had mostly used non-electrical tools to do the woodwork. I now use electrical machines only. I have managed to triple my earnings by taking more orders and delivering faster.
    Suresh Kumar Sharma
    Accesses power via Tara Urja, the non-profit that operates the mini grid in Derni, Bihar, India
Milestone Tracking

Our Goals

As part of our commitment to end energy poverty by 2030 we are committed to empowering 10 million people with access to reliable, renewable power by 2022.

 
  • 6.6Million

    lives impacted in India & Myanmar

  • 3Million

    lives impacted in Africa

  • 315Thousand

    lives impacted in Puerto Rico

Recent Updates

Nov 18 2020
Report
Smart Power India: Demand Generation Handbook
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Oct 13 2020
Human Impact
Breaking Through Isolation to Support Equitable Information Access for Rohingyas
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Jul 08 2020
Human Impact
Entrepreneurs Use Solar Power to Sew Masks and Provide Comfort
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