Sustainable development is often illustrated using the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) developed by the UN. Access to energy is an essential requirement and the most critical infrastructure needed to achieve all and any of these goals. Please refer to our ImpactModel
as well as to the study of the World Future Council for a more detailed analysis of this issue (World Future Council: 100 % Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development). For us, the most important aspects are that we… 1. provide direct access to clean electricity through our solar-powered system at low cost and to a large number of people in remote areas (SDG 7) and thus contribute to tackling global climate change (SDG 13); 2. enable high power output directly through our mini-grid based system, thus promoting productive use of electricity and enabling small-scale entrepreneurship and growth (SDG 8); 3. help our customers to achieve more self-determination and growth by offering them new opportunities and prospects (SDG 1); 4. enable other important advances, such as reducing food waste by setting up cold chains (SDG 2), improving medical services through refrigeration and access to electricity for hospitals, as well as promoting Telemedicine (SDG 3), improving education through internet access and light for studying (SDG 4), promoting gender equality through the fostering of women’s entrepreneurship (SDG 5), providing access to clean water using water treatment systems (SDG 6), strengthening the autonomy and self-determination of local communities (SDG 11), promoting global peace (SDG 16) by improving living conditions and creating new opportunities and prospects, and by establishing effective partnerships (SDG 17) in order to achieve these goals at the political, municipal, economic and personal levels. We are monitoring these effects in the field and are working with the Chair of Corporate Sustainability at the TU Munich in order to verify and quantify our impact objectively and scientifically.