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Energy Globe Award

With more than 182 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Kenya 2018

Submitted by: TRINE
Ethical finance for solar home systems

TRINE is an innovative ‘fintech’ company closing the gap between private capitals in developed countries and solar companies in emerging markets, offering an alternative finance solution to off-grid solar projects through a novel crowdfunding model. By using the potential of digitalization, they channel finance from private individuals to solar energy companies in emerging markets.

Initial situation
Rural households in the western regions of Kenya do not have access to the national electricity grid thereby, affecting the daily conditions of people living in these areas. Due to widespread poverty and high installation costs of electricity, both renewable and fossil technologies, the majority of the people living around Kitale area do not have access to electricity. Thus, they are dependent on fossil fuel and wood fuel energy, both of which causes pollution and health problems.

Solution
TRINE platform is built to allow individuals to engage with energy access projects and their beneficiaries so as to establish a “tight linkage” between the two. Investors can see in real-time from the moment they consider an investment, the impact of the investment. TRINE identifies, assesses, and finances compelling off-grid solar investment opportunities with strong social, economic, and environmental impact. It leverages on several revenue streams to provide concessional debt to solar project developers.

Innovation
TRINE is aiming to take their communication and impact reporting to the next level by having more resources dedicated to software development and people on the ground, collecting more data from their solar partners to showing real- time information. Nearly all the funds tracked went to boost grid electricity supplies, with less than one percent going into off-grid options like solar home systems.

Involved partners
Raj Ushanga House

We are an enthusiastic supporter of the Energy Globe Awards and its aim to strengthen society’s awareness of the necessity for ecological change, by honouring outstanding best practice projects in environmental sustainability from all parts of the world. ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA is the official Trade Promotion Organisation (TPO) of the Republic of Austria and as a country we are proud of our success in green technologies. Our support of the Energy Globe Awards continues this tradition.




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