GOGLA, the global association for the off-grid solar industry, supported by GET.invest has updated its Investment Database, showing a 44% growth in 2021, with the total investment reaching a record $450M within the year. This is a positive sign after a trend of stable investment flow over the past five years, indicating a new period of growth that should push the industry towards achieving universal energy access by 2030.
Market leaders in the sector are gaining new investors’ trust as they reach profitability by diversifying into energy-adjacent products such as mobile phones and digital finance, driven by consumer demand. This shows that the infrastructure built by off-grid solar companies has a great potential to be maximized to respond to new consumer needs.
Climate-aligned and impact-driven investors have been particularly interested in entering the sector since off-grid solar aligns with their social, economic and environmental strategies. Although not part of the 2021 results, the $260M Sunking equity raise in 2022 is a good example of this.
Companies in the early stages of growth were more vulnerable to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which translated into an increased difficulty to attract early-stage capital, specifically equity.
In 2021, the total equity and debt investment into startup companies grew but it hasn’t yet reached pre-pandemic levels. Additionally, just to achieve SDG7 and climate goals in Africa, funding would still need to grow multiple times over, particularly in the form of patient equity.
Seed and start-up phase off-grid solar businesses have historically relied on grant financing to refine their business models and gain the proof points required by more commercially oriented equity and debt investors. In 2021, the sector attracted around $10M in grants, which were directed at earlier stage productive use companies and those that are locally-owned and managed.
Please find here the Investments Data with all the details.
GOGLA is the global association for the off-grid solar energy industry. We are proud to champion one of the world’s most innovative and impactful sectors. Hundreds of millions of people already benefit from affordable, high-quality, clean off-grid solar products and services.
With the right support, our pioneering industry will be able to scale up rapidly to improve the lives of 1 billion people by 2030. To help make this happen, we promote, safeguard, and convene the industry, advocating for enabling policies and increased investment as well as supporting our 200+ members with effective services.
To find out more, visit www.gogla.org.
GET.invest is a European programme that supports investments in decentralised renewable energy. The programme targets private sector business and project developers, financiers, and regulators to build sustainable energy markets in developing countries. Services include market information, a funding database, matchmaking events, and access-to-finance advisory. The programme is supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria, and works closely with initiatives and business associations in the energy sector.
To find out more, visit www.get-invest.eu.