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    Catalyst Fund Invests in Earthbond to Empower Nigerian Small Businesses with Clean Energy

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    Small and medium businesses (SMBs) in Nigeria, already grappling with unreliable electricity infrastructure, are set to receive a significant boost as Catalyst Fund announces its investment in Earthbond, a pioneering clean energy marketplace. With Nigeria’s grid collapsing 46 times between 2017 and 2023, leaving businesses reliant on costly and polluting fossil-fuel-powered generators, Earthbond’s innovative approach promises to revolutionize the energy landscape for SMBs across the nation.

    Earthbond’s platform addresses the pressing need for affordable, reliable, and clean energy solutions tailored to the budgets and energy needs of SMBs. By facilitating partnerships with banks, micro-lenders, and solar companies, Earthbond offers financing for solar assets and installation providers, making solar energy accessible to overlooked SMBs.

    The decision to invest in Earthbond was driven by several key factors, including its profound impact, innovation, and growth potential.

    Impact:

    Distributed renewable energy solutions are essential for enabling African SMBs to adapt to intensifying climate change impacts. However, high upfront costs often render rooftop solar and battery solutions unaffordable for most businesses, forcing them to rely on unreliable grids and dirty fossil-fueled backup generators. Earthbond’s integrated clean energy marketplace unlocks affordable, reliable solar energy for overlooked Nigerian SMBs, enabling them to transition away from expensive fossil-reliant generators.

    In just five months of piloting their model, Earthbond has demonstrated significant progress, enabling SMBs to transition towards solar resilience. By facilitating clean energy access and providing crucial customer education, Earthbond drives climate adaptation, cost savings, income growth, and carbon reduction for vulnerable groups facing energy poverty and climate threats.

    Innovation:

    Earthbond’s innovation lies in its integrated SMB solar marketplace, which seamlessly connects users with inclusive financing, installation, and after-sales service. Through their online platform, SMBs can access customized solar financing plans from an ecosystem of providers, removing the greatest adoption barrier. Approved SMBs can then select their preferred solar panels and accessories from trusted suppliers, with Earthbond managing end-to-end delivery, installation, and after-sales support.

    This interconnected clean energy marketplace simplifies the fragmented Nigerian solar industry for SMBs, enabling easy, affordable, and reliable access to solar power that enhances incomes and resilience.

    Growth Potential:

    Operating in Nigeria, where SMBs play a pivotal role in the economy, Earthbond has significant growth potential. With 84% of jobs created by 36 million SMBs and businesses collectively spending $29 billion annually on diesel generators, the market opportunity is immense. Moreover, with strict diesel emission regulations underway and decreasing solar costs, Earthbond is poised for breakout growth.

    Catalyst Fund’s collaboration with Earthbond will support its expansion across Nigeria by facilitating connections to aligned solar partners, fintechs, and investors. This support will expand Earthbond’s financing capacity and geographic reach, ultimately advancing its mission of powering 1 million solar SMBs profitably and sustainably.

    Earthbond’s founding team, combining solar energy, finance, and emerging market expertise, has already demonstrated remarkable progress since its launch in 2023. With over 20-megawatt hours of renewable energy enabled for Nigerian SMBs, a 1500-user waitlist, and financing partnerships with major Nigerian banks, Earthbond is well-positioned to drive positive change in Nigeria’s energy landscape.

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