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    Sustainable Investments

Impact investing to close the energy gap

“Impact investing is a way to promote Social Enterprises that place social factors at the heart of their mission, and engage in applying innovative solutions to tackle the root cause of existing social issues. Schneider Electric went into impact investing in 2009 when we created a fund called Schneider Electric Energy Access (SEEA).
We strongly believe that impact investing will be a part of the solution to close the energy gap in the coming years, and that Schneider Electric will remain a major contributor in achieving this goal.”

Christophe Poline 
Sustainable Investment Director
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    Schneider Electric Energy Access Fund
    Within its Access to Energy Program, Schneider Electric has created the Schneider Electric Energy Access (SEEA) impact-investing fund. It supports small and medium companies with innovative energy access solutions, aiming to provide sustainable access to energy for the 1.06 billion people who are deprived of it.
    > Our worldwide impact investment strategy
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    Energy Access Ventures Fund
    Schneider Electric initiated and supports the Energy Access Ventures (EAV), which invests €60 million to transform communities across Africa, and stimulate economic development through energy access solutions. This fund is jointly backed by Schneider Electric, CDC group, the UK department for International Development (DFID), the European Investment Bank, FISEA-PROPARCO, OFID, and AFD-FFEM.
    > Find out more

Since 2009, Schneider Electric Energy Access fund has invested on the following companies

France (2011)

Caisse solidaire
Nord Pas-de-Calais
Social Savings and Loans to create jobs and social, environmental or cultural activities.

Foncière Chênelet
Social eco-housing, integration of unemployed people into the labour market.

Solasyst - LVD Energy
(ex-La Varappe)
Integration into the working world. SEEA contributes to the sustainable construction activity

Financial and technical support to local micro-financing structures, in emerging countries.

Support of businesses creation in France through micro-finance. SEEA contributes with specific focus on electricians.

International (2011-2014)

East Africa (2013)
Pay-as-you-go solar energy solution for households and small businesses distributed through mobile operators.

One Degree Solar
Kenya (2013)
Plug-and-play solar system for households and small businesses.

West Africa (2013)
Pay-as-you-go solar decentralized power station home and small businesses sized.

Simpa Networks
India (2012)
Pay-as-you-go solar systems for households and small businesses.

Senegal (2011)
Solar irrigation and products for rural population.


Tanzania (2014)
SunFunder, a  financing company that specializes in companies seeking to increase energy access in emerging countries

SEEA partners


Support of business creation in France through micro-finance. SEEA contributes with a specific focus on electricians.


Caisse solidaire
Social savings and loans to create jobs and social, environmental or cultural activities.

Financial and technical support to local Micro Finance Institutions, in emerging countries.

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