60 Decibels has announced the launch of the Inclusive Energy Opportunity – a new opportunity to expand access to impact measurement across the energy sector by providing fully funded surveys to underrepresented off-grid energy companies. Funded by UK aid through the Transforming Energy Access programme, Good Energies, and DOEN Foundation, the project provides an opportunity for off-grid energy startups to access actionable and benchmarked impact insights through 60 Decibels Lean Data surveys.

In order to be considered for a fully-funded survey, companies must provide energy products or services directly to end-users in developing markets, and meet at least one of the following criteria: locally-owned, women-led, early stage, operating in nascent market(s), delivering nascent technologies.

Companies will be able to use these independent insights to inform business development decisions, to maximize the impact they generate for customers, and to attract new investors.

Insights from the Inclusive Energy Opportunity will form a part of 60 Decibels’ upcoming Why off-grid energy matters 2023 report, delivering robust performance insights across 60 Decibels core indicators focusing on customer profile, experience, impact, satisfaction, and feedback.

“We want to build on all our work to date in understanding the impact of the off-grid energy sector from a customer perspective by better representing all the companies out there doing great work,” said Kat Harrison, Director at 60 Decibels. “Through listening to customer voices, we can help fuel sector-wide discussions, support partners to make informed decisions, and provide insights for the effective deployment of funding.”

“We’re excited to support 60 Decibels to provide their valuable service to partners who have not typically had access, to make the insights more representative of the wide variety of companies serving customers across the globe,” the DOEN Foundation added. “Through this work, a potential pipeline of companies can be highlighted and hopefully lead to greater access to energy for underserved communities.”

Alongside the report later in the year, 60 Decibels is set to expand their interactive Impact Benchmark dashboard – providing sector wide access to the latest trends and insights. The dashboard provides data on aggregate sector performance as well as highlighting the highest-performing companies.

For more information about the initiative or to get involved, please contact Kat Harrison at kat@60decibels.com.