SimpliPhi Rolls Out IDEA to Deliver Energy Access
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SimpliPhi Rolls Out IDEA to Deliver Energy Access

By Energy CIO Insights | Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Catherine Von Burg, CEO & Co-Founder

SimpliPhi Power has proven that companies can succeed in this field while still spending money to boost the world and society. The concept is a way for the energy industry to cooperate and significantly extend its scope and impact.

FREMONT, CA: SimpliPhi Power debuted the IDEA: a project to deliver energy access. IDEA is a strong global commitment focused on creating high-impact, clean energy initiatives with a network of partners to solve climate change and encourage green energy populations. After its inception ten years ago, SimpliPhi has dedicated IDEA to offer one percent of its annual sales to individuals and societies in need of renewable energy access. It is now encouraging other businesses and organizations to join the campaign and commit as joint partners or beneficiaries.

“At SimpliPhi Power, we believe that access to clean and affordable energy is fundamental to economic growth, social equity and environmental responsibility – and building our collective future globally,” said Catherine Von Burg, CEO, and president, SimpliPhi Power. “That is why we are sharing this IDEA: Deliver Energy Access to the world as we transition to a carbon-free economy. We can marshal our collective resources and industry expertise in the energy sector to focus on high impact projects that improve lives and foster resilient communities. Companies are invited to join us and take action by leveraging a small portion of their revenue to advance the mission of delivering sustainable power to communities in need, helping achieve economic security and energy independence in territories hit hardest by climate disasters, COVID and financial hardship. Community-based nonprofitsnonprofits and developers can also submit project proposals for consideration of support. With a network of committed partners, the IDEA addresses two of the most significant challenges we face today—sustainable electrification for communities and mitigating the worst impacts of climate change.”

Combining Intent with Profit

The clean energy sector, particularly the energy storage industry, has developed rapidly in recent years. Increased demand for resilient, renewable energy drives businesses from becoming small startups to being dominant business players in the global energy transformation. SimpliPhi Power has proven that companies can succeed in this field while still spending money to boost the world and society. The concept is a way for the energy industry to cooperate and significantly extend its scope and impact.

“Our continued success and rapid growth are a testament to the IDEA that companies can combine purpose with profit,” said David Shea, Chief Financial Officer, SimpliPhi Power. “We operate our company based on an integrated bottom line, that values people and planet as being intrinsically tied to our financial success. The IDEA is a natural extension of our company’s mission. Committing 1% of our annual revenue, combined with additional donations and support from IDEA partners, enables us to amplify our collective impact, without having a material effect on profitability or business operations. We encourage other mission-driven companies and like-minded organizations to join us in this endeavor, become part of the IDEA, and drive positive change in our global community.”

Join the IDEA

To achieve its ambitious objectives, SimpliPhi Power has established a network of nonprofit partners and corporate backers for IDEA. The existing collaborators include Footprint Initiative, Inspired by Sun, Time Foundation, Grid Alternatives, and other high-profile organizations that support communities through beneficial electrification programs worldwide.

IDEA’s corporate partners included companies such as Schneider Electric, which made in-kind donations by contributing the balance of device equipment to complete energy storage and solar microgrid projects. Companies of all kinds can invest in IDEA by providing in-kind funding, financial aid for the execution of programs, or by pledging to devote 1 percent of sales to support the provision of energy access.

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