For any organization to thrive and deliver services to communities, particularly in the development sector, an enabling environment is critical. The facets of such an environment can range from suitable forms of financing, availability of appropriate technology, availability of trained workforce, conducive policies and so on. This forms the foundation for innovating, testing, implementing and replicating sustainable solutions. Such an enabling environment is broadly referred to as ‘Ecosystem’.
The Ecosystem for energy access includes technology innovation, entrepreneurship and skill development, financing for end users and the entrepreneur, policy and regulations and an understanding of the forward and backward market linkages. By virtue of the challenging locations and customer segments they cater to, organizations in this sector operate in under-developed ecosystems. Given this background, SELCO Foundation seeks to understand the energy ecosystem in various geographies, identify gaps specific to each and develop solutions to bridge these gaps.