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Richenda’s Message — June 2015 | Energy Access Practitioner Network

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Richenda’s Message — June 2015

Dear Friends,

This summer will see the Energy Access Practitioner Network team working hard to begin developing the second edition of the Energy Access Practitioner Investment Directory, first launched as “Investing for Energy Access” in 2013. This showcases the array of financing needs and current deal flow across the energy access sector, drawn from input provided by the membership from start-ups to scaling businesses, non-profits, and across a range of technologies and solutions from small scale solar lantern businesses to large scale hybrid mini-grids, as well as related entities like metering companies and energy storage providers. When we published our first edition in 2013 some 150 members participated out of a then 400-strong membership. More than $250 million in active financing needs were identified at that time for grant capital, company equity, working capital and project debt and equity and more.

Fast forward via rapid growth to a membership in 2015 now at 2,000+ practitioners, we are excited about the opportunity to “refresh” the directory. We hope thereby to capture a fairly comprehensive snapshot of the current state of play in financing needs for global energy access solution providers and to showcase your work and financing needs to investors, donors and policy makers alike.

We received great feedback from our first edition. This time we also plan to add a database, providing a more permanent sortable feature for reference by practitioners and financiers alike. We are also planning a special focus section on mini-grid financing needs, as part of our support to the clean energy mini-grids “High impact” focus area within the Sustainable Energy for All initiative. In order to help ensure a top quality product, we are actively seeking sponsorship for this work. If interested, please contact Yasemin Erboy at yerboy@unfoundation.org.

Please stay tuned for more details to be provided to you in the form of the practitioner network survey coming to you over the summer to launch this research. The directory will be published in late 2015.

Warm regards,

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Richenda Van Leeuwen
Executive Director, Energy Access, United Nations Foundation
@VanLeeuwenR