In Nigeria, many people are either not connected to the grid or receive less than four hours of power a day. To help close this energy access gap, All On Partnerships for Energy Access (All On) was established by Shell in 2016 as an independent Nigerian company limited by guarantee. All On was endowed with initial funding from Shell but is seeking funding from additional other donors.
The mission of All On is to work with partners to increase access to commercial energy products and services for under-served and un-served off-grid communities, with a special focus on the Niger Delta. To understand the needs and preferences of these communities, a thorough needs assessment was undertaken ahead of the inception of All On.
All On operates primarily as an impact investor, providing debt and equity capital to early and growth-stage businesses in Nigeria's nascent off-grid energy sector. Due to the scale of the energy gap in Nigeria, All On partners with other (development) financing institutions to develop enabling finance facilities that all businesses in the Nigerian off-grid energy sector can access.
To ensure an enabling environment for sector players and further de-risk All On investments, the company works with partners to carry out market-building activities for off-grid energy in Nigeria including advocacy, research, consumer awareness, and capacity building.