Expanding Access to Energy in Local Communities

Solar panel system installed by Total’s Tenesol affiliate in the Warao village of Tekoburojo, Venezuela

As an energy producer, we believe it is our responsibility to facilitate access to energy, particularly for communities near our sites and the most disadvantaged. To this end, we leverage our capabilities to offer modern, affordable solutions that are also reliable and sustainable.

Developing New Business Models

Testing Possible Solutions

For more than a decade, we have been evaluating various options for providing energy to low-income populations, particularly in Africa. They include:

  • Rural electrification via photovoltaic solar systems.
  • LPG for use by remote and underprivileged communities.
  • Gas-fired power generation for communities neighboring our sites.
  • Diesel generators for micro-grids or groups of local artisans.
  • Pilot short biofuel supply chains (biofuels produced and used locally).
Water tower with integrated solar panels

Water tower equipped with solar panels.

Our goal is to identify the business models that will enable us to offer low-income populations a modern, reliable and affordable energy source that has a lower environmental impact and can be used sustainably and independently.

Enable As Many People As Possible to Access Energy

Energy solutions for the Most Vulnerable Communities

Energy is a basic necessity, in the same way as water or food, and access to energy is an essential driver of development. Yet more than 1.3 billion people worldwide, or 20% of the global population, have no access to power*.

To remedy this situation, Total introduced the Total Access to Energy program some 10 years ago. A project incubator designed to develop innovative, economically viable solutions, it is based on a novel, sustainable business model. The challenge it aims to meet is offering low-income households affordable, quality energy solutions that are modern, reliable, sustainable and greener than what they use now.

We can't call ourselves a global energy company and simply ignore the fact that two-thirds of the world’s population has no access to modern forms of energy. We strongly support the fight against energy and fuel poverty. Total has been involved in this since 2010, both in OECD countries and in the developing world. Our Total Access to Energy program provides solutions that are tailored to each situation.

Christophe de Margerie, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Total

Introduced in the latter part of the previous decade, the Total Access to Energy initiative has focused on three areas:

  • Photovoltaic solar energy in non-OECD countries.
  • Alleviating fuel poverty in OECD countries.
  • Local use of associated gas from oil production in certain African countries.

Introduced in the latter part of the previous decade, the Total Access to Energy initiative has focused on two areas:

  • The Photovoltaic Solar Chain

    Photovoltaic Solar Energy

    We and our affiliates are involved across the value chain, from cell design to system manufacturing.

    The Manufacturing Process
  • Our Worldwide Presence

  • Total Foundation Web Site

  • Total Développement Régional


    Our affiliate Total Développement Régional supports small businesses.

    Business Support