Citizenship

We have established the Armstrong Energy Global Foundation to help reduce poverty, with the aim of providing electricity to 1 million people and creating 10,000 jobs.

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Energy, as a driver of development, plays a central role in fighting poverty and addressing climate change.
The implications [of not having access to energy] are enormous: families forego entrepreneurial endeavors, children cannot study after dark, health clinics do not function properly, and women are burdened with time consuming chores such as pounding grain or hauling water, leaving them with less time to engage in income generating activities. After gaining access to energy, households generate more income, are more productive and are less hungry.

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Rebeca Grynspan, the Under Secretary General of the UNDP, April 2011

ENERGY ALONE IS NOT SUFFICIENT FOR CREATING THE CONDITIONS FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH, BUT IT IS CERTAINLY NECESSARY.

It is impossible to operate a factory, run a shop, grow crops or deliver goods to consumers without using some form of energy. Access to electricity is particularly crucial to human development as electricity is, in practice, indispensable for certain basic activities, such as lighting, refrigeration and the running of household appliances, and cannot easily be replaced by other forms of energy. Individuals’ access to electricity is one of the most clear and un-distorted indication of a country’s energy poverty status.

The adjacent video is an introduction to the work of Selco Solar Pvt Limited (Selco), one of the world’s leading organisations working to provide electricity to households and businesses in India with no access to reliable electricity.  We are proud to support the work of Selco through the Armstrong Energy Foundation, and are currently installing two micro-grids in the state of Karnataka with them.

The business opportunities for renewable energy operators in India are enormous, but the fact remains that 300 million people there don’t have access to electricity. We want to use our projects to play a part in changing that.

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