21 August 2020

Award winning Caroline Nijland calls for action to accelerate energy access

Caroline NijlandGET.invest Finance Catalyst advisor Caroline Nijland has helped connect 1 million people in sub-Saharan Africa to clean power, results of her tireless work (+25 years) for the energy access sector, for which she was recently awarded the prestigious Global Woman Award for Sustainability.

In this interview, Nijland speaks about the importance of universal energy access, the challenges she has encountered in scaling up rural electrification, the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis and opportunities lying ahead.

Involved in GET.invest since 2018, Nijland has been advising solar home system and mini-grid companies in countries such as Kenya, Nigeria, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Alongside her assignments for the GET.invest Finance Catalyst, she has been working on providing solar energy to rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa via her own company, Helios Infinitas. Prior to this, Nijland served as a board member and vice president of the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) and as the General Director of the Foundation Rural Energy Services (FRES), where she worked on establishing and monitoring five medium-scale, commercial electricity companies in Africa.

Read the complete  interview with Caroline Nijland.

GET.Invest Finance Catalyst

GET.invest and its Finance Catalyst service are supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria. Partners for Innovation implements the Finance Catalyst service on behalf of GET.Invest.


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