As one of the founding members of GOGLA and on the board since the beginning, Total is a major and historical player in the off-grid sector, starting in the early 2010s by leveraging our affiliates in emerging countries to support Access to Energy start-ups with the commercialization of solar products, in particular through our worldwide network of service stations. Nearly 13m people have been impacted through distribution of solar lamps and kits since 2011, mostly in Africa. Recently Total has launched its own brand of solar products, and in parallel is developing partnerships with local and regional distributors. In addition, we are also supporting development of start-ups and new technologies in the off-grid thanks to 1/ our incubation program for early-stage actors and 2/ equity investments through by Total Energy Venture.
Mathias Nathan is in charge of Business Development, and would continue as Total’s main representative. Though he joined the sector very recently, with challenging moments to understand the discussions at the first board meeting he attended (!), the move was wished for a while and the ‘virus’ of this fantastic sector has fully struck him.