TRINE’s fin­an­cing model makes it easy to in­vest private cap­ital in solar pro­jects in the de­vel­op­ing world. 

TRINE’s crowdin­vest­ing model for fin­an­cing solar en­ergy solu­tions provides elec­tri­city to com­munit­ies that can­not bear the up­front costs them­selves, while de­liv­er­ing a fin­an­cial re­turn for in­vestors. With an investment minimum of only $25, the start-up makes it easy for even small-scale in­vestors to profit from con­trib­ut­ing to im­prove ac­cess to re­new­able en­ergy in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, in the pro­cess also im­prov­ing live­li­hoods, and mit­ig­at­ing CO2 emis­sions from sources such a ker­osene.

TRINE care­fully vets po­ten­tial pro­jects so it can of­fer sound in­vest­ment op­por­tun­it­ies to cus­tom­ers. Since its launch in 2016, the plat­form has helped fin­ance pro­jects for worth more than €500,000, de­liv­er­ing electricity to more than 48 000 people and re­du­cing CO2 emis­sions by 7,000 tons. The im­pact from a pi­lot in­vest­ment pro­ject saw 180% more girls go­ing to school and a 72% re­duced us­age of ker­osene.

Why you should care

En­ergy poverty is a crit­ical is­sue for 1.2 bil­lion people in re­mote com­munit­ies around the world.  Many solar en­ergy en­tre­pren­eurs in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries are wait­ing to be able to scale their busi­ness with fair loans at reas­on­able interest rates. The solu­tion fills a fin­an­cing gap and demo­crat­izes fin­an­cing of solar en­ergy, of­fer­ing the po­ten­tial to re­place ker­osene and other harm­ful fuels.

How the Global Goals are addressed

Good health and well-being
By introducing a replacement for kerosene, TRINE can help reduce deaths in households linked to burning solid fuels for cooking.

Affordable and clean energy
Clean, decentralized electricity from solar panels is funded by a low interest loan system making it avaliable to more households.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Small-scale solar power catalyzes economic growth by providing cheap and clean electricity. It also reduce challenges of expensive power infrastructure.

Sustainable cities and communities
Delivering solar power early on during the urbanization transition helps facilitate a sustainable urban growth trajectory.

Climate action
According to the organization TRINE, this small-scale solar power solution is estimated to save 3.7 million tons of CO2 annually by 2026.


TRINE is trying to close the gap between private capital in developed countries and local solar partners in emerging markets and therefore give electricity to the 1.2 billion people currently living without it.

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Global Goals addressed

Deployed in: Kenya, United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda
Developed in: Sweden
Stage: Pilot