Energy is a critical enabler for social and economic development, and organizations delivering programs in developing countries need access to sufficient and reliable energy services in order to ensure their programs achieve maximum impact for beneficiaries. However, ensuring energy is available in many developing markets is still a major challenge due to a lack of sustainable business models, the high costs of installing and maintaining infrastructure, and a lack of qualified energy personnel. Bringing new initiatives to the energy sector, such as the ‘Pay-As-You-Go’ model mentioned earlier, can open up the base of the pyramid as a customer base. Accenture’s focus on solar product distribution models and investable microgrids with large anchor clients provide financially attractive opportunities, thereby bringing in new partners who can benefit through their own participation, and creating opportunities for driving sustainable change with the private sector. Collaboration between the public, private, and civil society spheres can drive market-based approaches, generate additional revenue and establish financially sustainable models which will cover the operating costs necessary to support energy networks. Accenture Development Partnerships has a wealth of experience in facilitating these cross-sector partnerships and helping organizations to build their capacity for growth.
The Energy Access for Development Initiative utilizes Accenture’s global network, capabilities, alliances and resources to stimulate and catalyze the development of scalable energy models to achieve the United Nations goal of universal energy access by 2030. Leveraging Accenture’s Sustainability Services and Accenture Resources Operating Groups, we are forging new public-private energy partnerships to launch and scale innovative ideas such as sustainable microgrids that power agriculture, healthcare, and education, as well as integrated lastmile retail distribution of consumer energy products. We are also leading international discussions on energy, such as in Sustainability24 which featured earlier in this report. Accenture Development Partnerships assists University of Notre Dame to build solar power microgrids in Uganda for connectivity, electricity, and education for entrepreneurship Electricity is a key component of raising the standard of living beyond subsistence. It impacts income, longevity, and education. In SubSaharan Africa, only modest gains in electrification have been made. In northern Uganda, less than 15 per cent of the population has access to power. The University of Notre Dame’s Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD), with a grant from Accenture Foundations and the assistance of Accenture Development Partnerships, is piloting the establishment of renewablehybrid microgrids (RHMGs)—local power networks that generate energy from renewable as well as fuelbased sources—in northern Uganda to generate energy on a scale and at a cost that is sustainable. To drive organic growth of the grids, Wi-Fi connectivity, education, and training for entrepreneurs to establish businesses that use electricity microgrids, will be provided along with the RHMGs.