The decentralized renewable energy sector, including household solar and mini-grids, is entering a new phase — one that goes beyond access and focuses on the benefits of delivering electricity to 1 billion people worldwide living without it. These solutions satisfy consumer aspirations, power rural economies, create jobs, and better livelihoods to help empower unemployed or under-employed youth and women.
Our development priorities
People we'll help access energy via our offers by 2025
People we've helped access energy via our offers since 2009
Entrepreneurs we'll support by 2025
Schneider Electric's mission is to ensure that Life Is On™ everywhere, for everyone and at every moment. Our Access to Energy program is a key part of this promise, in which local stakeholders, residents, and customers bring safe, clean, and sustainable electricity to communities around the world. The program includes:
A solution to provide energy for off-grid areas
In 2018, we presented Villaya Emergency for easier access to energy in emergency situations, with the ability to deploy on-site in less than 30 minutes. This is an important advancement for electricity in humanitarian emergencies.
The Homaya Solar Hybrid System ensures reliable access to energy through a hybrid electrification solution that draws from the grid, solar panels, or batteries, depending on availability.
We partnered with the Department for Rural Development of Myanmar on an initiative to bring electricity to 40,000 villages via microgrid. Delivering technology, design, and engineering services in the project’s first stages allowed Schneider to provide electricity for fishermen and farmers on Kenti Island.
The Schneider Electric Foundation (under the aegis of the Fondation de France) uses social innovation and community engagement to invest in education, reduce the energy gap, and increase sustainability awareness. The Foundation marked its 20th anniversary in 2018.
With an annual budget of €4 million, the Schneider Electric Foundation contributes to the partnerships by giving more than €15.5 million in support from Schneider Electric entities; employees and partners are also involved in those partnerships. In total, more than €19.5 million has been invested to help local communities.
Our 2018 achievements
against our 2020 goals
DEVELOPMENT – IMPACT #19
turnover in our Access to Energy program
DEVELOPMENT – IMPACT #20
people in underprivileged areas trained in energy management
DEVELOPMENT – IMPACT #21
volunteering days thanks to our VolunteerIn global platform
1 “#PoweringJobs Launched to Build Energy Access Workforce,” Power for All, 2018.
2 “Job creation and energy savings through a transition to modern off-grid lighting,” GOGLA, 2016.
3 “Greening India's Workforce: Gearing up for Expansion of Solar and Wind Power in India,” CEEW, 2017.
4 “A Bright Outlook for Employment in the Transition from Fuel-Based Lighting to Electrical Alternatives,” UNEP, Light and Livelihood, 2014.