Inclusive Energy aims to disrupt the global energy access space. Our remote monitoring and analytics solutions for solar and biogas are already working in 17 countries, and provide the digital bridge between off-grid energy providers, end-users and carbon markets.
- Growing product sales across 4 continents and 17 countries
- Backed by leading impact investors Sustainable Ventures and Katapult
- £1.2m equity and £730k in grants secured to date
- Provisional patent protection in place
1.6 billion people still lack access to reliable clean power, and even more rely on harmful fuels like wood to cook for their families. Sustainable Development Goal 7 aims for energy access for all by 2030.
However, current approaches aren’t working fast enough. The market is highly concentrated, with technology and finance accessible to too few actors. In 2020, 68% of investment in off-grid solar went to just 10 companies.
Inclusive Energy seeks to disrupt this trend by leveraging rather than sidestepping local entrepreneurship, the unharnessed potential of which we have witnessed first-hand through lived experience in Africa and Asia. We do this by providing local solar PV and biogas players of all kinds with the technology they require to scale.
Our monitoring and control solutions have been designed to:
- reduce operational costs
- enable flexible financing, reducing up-front cost to end-users
- provide tools to monetise carbon reductions
We have taken two products to market and have filed UK- and international patent applications. We are working with more than 30 companies across four continents, and are fundraising to build out our commercial team and bring new software and carbon trading revenue streams online.
The company is led by three executive directors with complimentary expertise and 12+ years each in energy access and business. The directors founded Inclusive Energy as they saw energy access in the Global South as the biggest opportunity to make impacts against climate change and poverty.
Vijay Bhopal (co-founder and CEO). Deep knowledge of the energy access market. Co-founded Scene Connect in 2011, Farm-Hand in 2018 and Urjaa Samadhan which was acquired by Inclusive Energy in 2020.
Jelte Harnmeijer (co-founder and CCO). Carbon markets expert. Co-founded Scene Connect and from 2014-2017 he was a Research Leader at the James Hutton Institute.
Gareth (co-founder and CTO). Engineer and Architect with 16 years’ experience. Co-founder of CREATIVenergie in 2013.
Our management team comprises three further experts:
Jordan Silverman (co-founder and Head of Product). Brings deep market knowledge and technical expertise across hardware and software.
Lorna Sherwood (Technical Manager). Leads the software team. Lorna has previously run teams and projects, including for the Scottish Government.
Karthick Prabakar (Operations Manager). Leads our operations and the team in India, he holds an Executive Post Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management and has diverse experience as a senior operations manager.