Helios Social Enterprise

The provision of modern energy alleviates poverty, fosters growth and reduces inequalities. Yet 1.5 billion people live without access to electricity;  indeed, if current trends are allowed to persist, more people will be without access to modern energy in 2030 than today.

There is, therefore, a critical need to find new ways to deliver modern energy on a sustainable basis.

Helios has identified 3  key requirements for accelerating access to modern energy:

  • Skills need to be built to identify, set up and run modern energy projects.  These skills include engineering, procurement and supply-chain management skills, as well as financial, commercial and the whole range of business skills from planning to credit management.
  • a Business Model  needs to be rolled out that ensures projects are sustainable – financially, operationally, as well as environmentally.
  • Finance for capital and start-up costs.  Whilst there is a willingness of rural consumers to pay for energy (indeed many buy expensive kerosene and charcoal), the relatively high capital cost of modern energy is beyond the ability of most poor communities to pay for upfront and/or in full.

Helios has the skills and expertise to address these requirements.