Fair and Sustainable Energy Access for All

Microenergy International

Vision and Mission

Worldwide, 2.6 billion people still rely on fossil biomass for cooking and lighting, 1.3 billion have no access to modern electricity services, and an estimated 1 billion rely on unreliable electricity sources. This situation is particularly detrimental for households and micro-enterprises at the Base of the Pyramid. At MicroEnergy International, we believe that access to renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies through microfinance can lead to a world free of energy poverty.

MicroEnergy International is dedicated to mobilizing and supporting financial, technical and scientific actors to provide households and microentrepreneurs at the Base of the Pyramid with reliable, affordable and sustainable energy solutions.

About us

MicroEnergy International is a private consulting company with more than 30 employees and a strong background in energy engineering and economics, microfinance, management and social sciences. We have more than ten years of experience in more than 30 countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

What we do

MicroEnergy International works with microfinance institutions, energy product & service providers, international development actors and research institutions in order to set up clean energy microfinance schemes. In this framework, MEI takes care of the overall project management (from planning through implementation to evaluation), thereby designing, evaluating and optimizing energy products and services, and ensuring that financial instruments are tailored to the needs of the business sector and end-users. MEI finally strengthens its activities through scientific quality management, in partnership with research institutions worldwide, and offers a variety of training opportunities.

Fair & Sustainable Energy Access for All

Millions of households and micro enterprises are excluded from one of the main drivers of productivity and development: affordable and reliable energy supply.

In total, more than 2.6 billion people rely on fossil biomass and 1.3 billion have no access to modern electricity services. This has not only a negative impact on their health and education opportunities, it affects their household financial portfolios and the competitiveness of their businesses. The energy supply systems they rely on are often dirty, weak and expensive. While an entrepreneur in an industrial country pays just a few cents for a kWh, a micro business in rural Africa can pay up to several Euros in order to get the same unit of energy.

Modern energy technologies and services, innovative business models and smart financial instruments can make a change and enable a fair & sustainable energy access for all. 

Launched as research project in 2001, MicroEnergy International aims to make a change in this sector by offering solutions to the most critical challenges:

  • The adaptation and accreditation of energy technologies with a special emphasis on technical services.
  • The design of financial services for end-users and diverse supply chain actors in compliance with local and international financial instruments.
  • The development and implementation of sustainable business models which are embedded in an effective network of local and international partnerships.
  • The systematic evaluation of lessons learned in the sector in order to feed them into a scientific research process, develop various education and qualification measures, and promote local and international policy framework development.

MicroEnergy International is based in Berlin, Germany and is active in many countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia.


“Financing Green Growth” a GIZ publication edited by MEI

GIZ, in collaboration with MicroEnergy International, carried out a research on innovative approaches to financial systems development. The results of the research can be found in the publication Financing Green Growth, a review of policies implemented in the green financial sector in emerging and developing countries. The paper is available here.more

MEI co-authored on a paper on „Green Index, an innovative tool to assess the environmental performance of MFIs“

MicroEnergy International as a initiator and leader of E-MFP’s Action Group on Microfinance and Environment., co-authored on a paper „The Green Index, an innovative tool to assess the environmental performance of MFIs, which explains what the Green Index is about, how it was created and how it can be used.  The paper in available here. more

Natalia Realpe Carillo won the 2014 UMM scholarship

Natalia Realpe Carillo won the 2014 UMM scholarship for her PhD field research in Peru on the topic: "Assessing and predicting the potential of micro energy appliances in regard to productive use and income generation for micro-businesses in rural areas." More information about the UMM Scholarship Program is available here.more

European Microfinance Platform Newsletter

News from Our Members - page 9 - 10: Stimulating Energy Efficient Loans in Emerging Economies. The whole report is available here. more

Workshop on Green Mini-grid Development in South Asia

Enabling energy supply to rural areas through mini-grid solutions for economic empowermentmore