Event - Distributing Energy to Billions: Innovative Solutions Addressing the Last Mile Challenge in India

Updated on March 21: The event has been moved  from Monday, March 28 to Friday, April 1 due to scheduling conflicts. 

Join Give2Asia on Friday, April 1, from 12pm to 1:30pm, as we host the co-founders of ONergy, Vinay Jaju and Ekta Kothari for a brown bag discussion about making renewable energy solutions affordable and accessible to rural communities in India. 

Since its founding in 2009, the for-profit social enterprise has provided over 250,000 people complete energy solutions with its unique full service distribution infrastructure.

ONergy’s Renewable Energy Centers (RECs) address problems of poor quality products, a lack of consumer financing for energy solutions, and poor last mile service infrastructure. RECs manage the entire distribution process, providing awareness, training, servicing, and financing options to beneficiaries. Its products have saved approximately 13,000 tons of CO2 emissions. 

We look forward to an insightful lunchtime discussion about the innovative solutions that are making possible a market for renewable energy and sustainable development in one of the most impoverished regions in India.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 30. Questions or concerns about the event can be directed to events@give2asia.org or (415) 967-6345.

Name *


Distributing Energy to Billions: Innovative Solutions Addressing the Last Mile Challenge in India

Date: Friday, April 1 | 12pm to 1:30pm

Location: Give2Asia | 340 Pine Street, Suite 501 in San Francisco


Vinay Jaju is the COO and co-founder of ONergy. He heads Operations and Technology at ONergy and leads the inONvation incubator at SwitchON, ONergy’s non-profit parent organization. He is a graduate of the S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, and has worked with General Electric in Australia and Grameen Shakti in Bangladesh. 

Ekta Kothari is the co-founder of ONergy and CEO of SwitchON.  A documentary filmmaker focused on environmental issues, Kothari is a graduate of the Film and Television Institute of India as well as a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Entrepreneurs Certificate Programme at the Indian School of Business.

Give2Asia strengthens communities throughout Asia by building trusted networks for charitable investment. People investing in charitable programs strive to understand the local context and the impact of their giving. Give2Asia makes possible programs that address critical issues such as healthcare, education, skills training, and the environment. We build long-term connections between donors and local programs in Asia by fostering trust and accountability on both sides of the giving relationship.