GOGLA, the global association for the off-grid solar energy industry, and the IKEA Foundation are delighted to announce a strategic partnership to scale the productive use of renewable energy (PURE) across Asia and Africa. The partnership provides GOGLA with funding of EUR 4 million over four years to help the off-grid solar sector to advance solar PURE technologies that can help to modernise agriculture, improve food and water security, power micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and electrify health infrastructure.
The announcement was made during the South Asia Forum for Distributed Energy (SAFDE), held at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi from August 23-24, 2023.
IKEA Foundation has also announced its endorsement of the GOGLA ‘Power 1 Billion Lives’ UN Energy Compact, joining over 100 other organisations behind the shared vision of bringing renewable energy to underserved communities. With clear calls to action and a roadmap for all stakeholders, the ‘Power 1 Billion Lives’ Energy Compact is designed to help the off-grid solar sector scale its impact and rapidly provide green, modern energy to 1 billion people by 2030, reaching 190 million with PURE technologies.
“The IKEA Foundation is proud to support GOGLA in its mission to scale the productive use of renewable energy across Asia and Africa. Over 750 million people are currently living without access to electricity. Off-grid solar technology can provide them with the tools they need to improve their livelihoods and create jobs, helping to grow and strengthen their local economies. The rapid expansion of the off-grid solar sector will also support the world to achieve the ambitions of the Paris climate agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals. For these reasons, the IKEA Foundation is pleased to announce our endorsement of GOGLA’s ‘Compact to Power One Billion Lives by 2030”– Per Heggenes, CEO of IKEA Foundation
“The Scaling PURE partnership with IKEA Foundation is a game-changer for the off-grid solar industry. By collaborating, we strengthen our collective efforts to improve livelihoods and combat climate change. As the association for the off-grid solar industry, GOGLA works with pioneering companies who are revolutionising the productive use of energy (PURE) and collaborates with governments, investors, development partners and national renewable energy associations to enhance access to clean energy. We will use these networks and foundations to unlock new opportunities to scale solar irrigation, cooling, communications and other PURE technologies to reach 190 million more people by 2030.”– Koen Peters, Executive Director of GOGLA