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Bringing electric power to the powerless and training local workers to keep it going.

Approximately 1.2 billion people—slightly fewer than one in five—do not have access to electricity, according to a report put out last year by the International Energy Agency. But in Kenya, more than three-quarters of the population lacks even basic electricity, a problem that extends to the nation’s schools. Last year, Schneider Electric designed an off-grid solar backup solution to power 128 Kenyan schools—just one example of the work of the company’s Access to Energy program. That initiative has also trained more than 113,000 people in Africa, Asia and South America, many of them disadvantaged youths, in energy management. That catch-all term covers everything from basic courses for electricians to advanced work in automation and industrial maintenance.

Company Information

Impact Segment
Economic Opportunity/Financial Inclusion
Electronics & Electrical Equipment
Jean-Pascal Tricoire
Company Type
Revenues ($M) (Last Fiscal Year)$29,551
Profits ($M) (Last Fiscal Year)$1,561
Market Value ($M)$40,384