Posts by Diane Isenberg
NextBillion’s Most Influential Post of 2017: An Impact Investor Urges Caution on the ‘Energy Access Hype Cycle’
Ceniarth, an impact investor, has been actively engaged in the energy access sector since 2014. But now it's reducing its exposure to the venture-backed, solar home system segment of this market while shifting its strategy toward enterprises – for-profit, nonprofit and hybrid – that are finding the most capital-efficient ways to reach rural customers. Here, three principals in the firm candidly explain why they are reassessing their approach.
There's a big crowd of investors on the side of the return continuum seeking a feel-good, low-risk way of earning an invitation to speak at the next GIIN or SOCAP, according to Greg Neichin and Diane Isenberg of Ceniarth. There are far fewer willing to make the necessary and realistic concessions required to generate impact in the most underserved places in the world.