Solar energy for off-grid communities in rural Guatemala


Kingo Energy is a Guatemala-based social enterprise that provides reliable, pre-paid solar energy for off-grid rural communities. This presents poorer families with a cleaner, safer and more affordable alternative to burning candles or kerosene for household lighting.   

In FY15, the ERM Foundation invested $200,000 in Kingo through our Low Carbon Enterprise Fund (LCEF). This helped Kingo to expand its operations, hire new staff and complete 2,300 new solar installations, with more than 11,000 direct beneficiaries. 

In FY16, ERM employees from the United States worked with Kingo, as part of a pilot Entrepreneurship Development Program, in which employees were given the challenge to work with a small social enterprise to address a specific business challenge.  The team focussed on improving Kingo’s data collection methods and helping them extend their reach outside of Guatemala. Specifically, after spending an intense week in Guatemala, the ERM team developed a sophisticated screening tool that Kingo can now use to determine which regions and countries regions would most effectively respond to their business model. By replicating Kingo’s successful operations in other parts of the world, they will be able to help bring affordable and reliable energy to some of the world’s 1.4 billion people who do not have access to electricity, 30 million of whom live in Latin America.

Partner organization: Kingo Energy

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