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Solar Power Taking Hold in Nigeria, One Mobile Phone at a Time
09 FEB 2016 | As decentralized solar springs up in Nigeria, and Lumos receives $90 million investment, it seems pay-as-you-go solar is the clearest blueprint for—at least partially —addressing this problem of the 1.2 billion people on the planet with no electricity.
26 DEC 2016 | Power for All, an international campaign canvassing for access to electricity in Nigeria, has advocated the removal of payment of tariff on assured renewable energy technologies’ equipment imported into Nigeria. Replacing all of the kerosene, candles and batteries currently used for off-grid lighting in Nigeria with modern decentralized renewables would save the country over $1.4 billion each year.
05 DEC 2016 | The Sierra Leone Association for Microfinance Institutions (SLAMFI) and the Renewable Energy Association of Sierra Leone (REASL) came together to launch the pioneering household solar pilot project in Sierra Leone on the 1st of December.
25 NOV 2016 | At the WAPIC conference, industry leaders witnessed the launch of the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria, which will aid the country’s 2030 energy mix. Decentralised and renewable energy solutions we cited as a fast and affordable way to increase power generation and energy access.
23 NOV 2016 | Civil society organizations join together to support the Power for All campaign in Sierra Leone, driving energy access and improving access to vital services. "Off-grid solar and other renewable solutions can save lives by powering medical equipment, refrigerating vaccines and illuminating emergency operations."
31 OCT 2016 | In Kenya, one of the countries leading Africa’s push toward solar energy use, experimentation with solar lighting is fast expanding into broader use of renewable power for business, energy experts say.
18 OCT 2016 | An industry knows it has gone mainstream when the most risk-averse money - institutional investors such as pension funds, insurance companies, banks, hedge funds and endowments - starts to move in. That happened on Friday for decentralised renewable energy.
Thompson Reuters Foundation
To end poverty by 2030, we need energy access for all by 2020
11 OCT 2016 | Energy access, aka SDG7, is fundamental. Which means it must be achieved far earlier than 2030 to give the other electricity-reliant goals—education, healthcare, gender, equality, water, agriculture, sanitation - enough time to be implemented. We're making progress, but must work faster to reach sustainable energy for all goals by 2030.
A 'green revolution' built on efficiency
16 SEPT 2016 | Power for All interviews Michael Leibreich and explores three emerging energy access trends and learns why the founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, believes that the shift to low power appliances is leading to a new clean energy 'green revolution'.
Thompson Reuters Foundation:
Five lessons from Kenya's energy access boom
14 SEPT 2016 | Kenya’s market for decentralised renewables is the fastest-moving in Africa, with 15-20 percent of Kenyan households use solar lighting, a pioneering green mini-grids programme, thousands of biodigesters and 3,000 megawatts of micro-hydro systems. Muriithi Micheni joined Power for All to share 5 lessons from the country's energy access boom.
Are We Really Solving Global Energy Poverty?
01 SEPT 2016 | Between 2000 and 2014, the World Bank Group alone invested $63.5 billion in electricity access. But we still have more than 1.5 billion people without access to energy services. The Energy Gang talk to Aaron Leopold, Deputy Director of Global Advocacy at Power for All, and ask: What is the disconnect?
23 AUG 2016 | Diesel-based generation serves both rural and urban areas, but it is rural and remote power supply where it is most ripe for disruption, especially as Africa targets 2025 to achieve universal energy access for its more than 600 million un-electrified... And that disruption has already begun.
08 AUG 2016 | Zimbabwe produces only around 60 percent of the electricity it needs when demand is highest. Innovative ways to pay for solar power systems could make clean energy affordable for many of Zimbabwe's 1.5 million households that lack electricity.
From Revolution to Implementation
25 JULY 2016 | "The stage has been set for the private sector to play a leading role in Sierra Leone's critical Energy Revolution." Ami Dumbuya, Power for All Sierra Leone Campaign Leader profiles key actions to drive the country-wide Energy Revolution and combat energy poverty.
23 JUNE 2016 | As Power for All launches in Nigeria, new Director, Ms. Ify Malo, explains how distributed renewables, are the fastest, most cost-effective path to modern energy services in emerging markets, a potent growth engine for economies and jobs and an impact multiplier.
08 JUNE 2016 | Technological improvements and cost reductions have helped minigrids overcome some of the barriers they once faced, but development banks and aid donors play a key role in catalyzing the growth of the minigrid industry.
20 APR 2016 | Clean energy mini-grids can power machines, irrigation, refrigeration and more. More nimble than traditional infrastructure they are providing a faster way to electrify rural regions. Renewable mini-grids can unlock the potential of thousands of African communities.
Power Struggle: The new business case for providing electricity to the world's poorest
20 APR 2016 | Even in the most isolated, impoverished places, markets are emerging around off-grid energy solutions. And customers are willing to pay. Is global energy poverty an overlooked business opportunity waiting to be discovered?
The World Bank:
Why "Inefficiency" is needed in energy financing for Africa
01 MAR 2016 | To achieve universal energy access a huge proportion of big, efficient infrastructure finance needs to be replaced with more complicated support to lots of small players. We need to be thinking about how we can use small “inefficient”, investments to deliver big, efficient results.
01 DEC 2015 | The problem of energy access is also a huge opportunity. “Energy as a service” is creating viable business models that can bring power to the bottom billion. What are we waiting for?
Power for All: Driving Energy Access Through Startup Mentality, Social Media and Grassroots Work
20 NOV 2015 | “There are many other hurdles… but above all, there is opportunity.” Forbes profiles the huge economic opportunity of achieving universal energy access and how decentralized renewables are sparking rapid change.
The Huffington Post:
SDG7: The "Other Billion" Facebook Forgot
23 SEPT 2015 | Mark Zuckerberg released a video earlier this month to mark a staggering company milestone—one billion users in a single day... What Facebook did not say is that today, there are another billion people in the world—mostly in rural sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia—who will never see the “What is 1,000,000,000” video. They won’t see it because they don't have access to electricity.
Vanguard: Why govt needs to review taxes, tariffs on renewable energy components
06 FEB 2017 | Campaign Director for Power For All in Nigeria, Ify Malo, urged the Federal Government to address the issue of taxes and tariffs for renewable energy components in the country, to enable the growth of the distributed renewables sector, and millions of people to access power.
Vanguard: Nigeria has large market for renewable energy
02 FEB 2017 | As the largest country in Africa, Nigeria has the greatest number of people without access to electricity on the continent—60 per cent of the population. The size of the off-grid market means that Nigeria offers a great opportunity for the decentralized renewables sector.
Decentralized Energy: New year, new opportunities for decentralized renewables
24 JAN 2017 | With the new year come new opportunities for decentralized energy around the world. From NGOs to utilities, government initiatives to investor-driven funds, established bases to new frontiers and across the technology spectrum, decentralized renewables and energy storage are entering 2017 on a high note.
Vanguard: Stakeholders make case for renewable energy
17 JAN 2017 | In a bid to meet the Sustainable Energy For All benchmark set by the Nigerian government, stakeholders in the renewable energy sub-sector have called on the federal government to provide enabling environment to engender development of decentralized renewables.
Concord Times: Solar Energy Saves Money
12 JAN 2017 | The Secretary of the Renewable Energy Association of Sierra Leone has highlighted that the use of solar energy would help save families’ money, and help businesses thrive. Replacing all the batteries and kerosene used for off-grid lighting in Sierra Leone with renewable off-grid solutions would enable savings of over US$105 million per year.
This Day: The Renewable Energy Option
04 JAN 2017 | Nigeria needs 12,000 MW of power but can barely produce 4,000, 17 per cent of what one hydropower station in China generates. But the problem is not just the number of megawatts: but how many people and businesses can access energy. How do we get out of the crisis? We need to give decentralised renewables a try.
The Herald: Agency advocates more collaboration with multi-laterals on renewable off-grid electricity devt.
03 JAN 2017 | Power for All calls on the Nigerian Government at all levels to intensify partnerships with other willing off-grid renewable developing establishments to accelerate access to electricity.
Transport Day: Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria Debuts
05 DEC 2016 | The Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN) was launched at the annual West African Power Industry Convention. REAN’s members manufacture, install, maintain, sell and finance renewable energy solutions, including rapidly deployable decentralised technologies.
Champion Newspapers: Nigeria signs MoU with GE for five solar power plants
30 NOV 2016 | Nigeria has recently been making noticeable strides in adopting renewable energy resources, as witnessed last week during the annual West African Power Industry Convention; the country launched its first ever Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN).
Business Hilights: Nigeria consolidates renewable energy industry, forms REAN
26 NOV 2016 | Nigerian investors’ in renewable energy sub sector have deepened their seriousness in growing the industry by launching the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria.
Awoko: Bringing clean power to Salone…Power for All engages CSO’s
23 NOV 2016 | PRESSD Sierra Leone and Power for All, engaged twenty five civil society and non-governmental organizations with activities and plans to support the Sierra Leone Energy Revolution.
Energy & Carbon: Ghana, Africa’s frontier in pay-as-you-go solar charging
08 NOV 2016 | PEG-Ghana, Ghana’s largest off-grid solar provider, pegs its entire business model on a mobile money transfer system that enables millions of Ghanaians to transfer money to other users, pay bills, purchase goods, earn interest and borrow, all from a cell phone.
SustainZim: Distributed Renewable Energy: Powering the Future
07 NOV 2016 | Centralized grid energy alone is simply unable to address Zimbabwe's current and growing energy needs. Decentralized renewables are fast to deploy, affordable, and readily available.
The Guardian: Decentralised renewables can rapidly accelerate energy access
06 NOV 2016 | Clean, reliable and quickly available decentralized renewable energy cannot come soon enough for Nigeria, especially for the young and growing population for whom economic opportunity is becoming more limited.
Ensia: Africa's Green Energy Challenge: mega projects, off-grid, or somewhere in between?
04 NOV 2016 | For overall economic growth you are going to need new large-scale power, but you can’t see that as the only solution...There needs to be more deliberate and conscious integration of both centralized and decentralized solutions.
PV Magazine: Kenya is keen to expand solar deployment
01 NOV 2016 | A survey conducted in Kenya by Vulcan Impact Investing and mini-grid operator Steama.co, found that those who had benefited from solar mini-grids were eager for more solar power, while also highlighting how the technology had weened communities off kerosene and batteries.
Concord Times: Power For All says 13 solar companies vetted for import waivers
01 NOV 2016 | A total of thirteen (13) solar companies from the Renewable Energy Association have been vetted and approved by the Sierra Leone Minister of Energy, Henry Macualey for import waivers and Green Lane status.
Standard Times: Sierra Leone makes progress report in Energy revolution initiative
28 OCT 2016 | Today, the Government of Sierra Leone provided an update on its Energy Revolution initiative to supply basic power to all citizens by 2025. Progress includes elimination of taxes and tariffs, and a customs 'Green Lane' for companies selling quality solar products.
ESI Africa: Exclusive interview with Ify Malo, Nigeria campaign director for Power for All
18 OCT 2016 | "One opportunity we see currently is the huge investor interest in the renewable energy market in Nigeria. There is a significant uptick of renewable energy investments in the country, and it is clear that Nigeria is on the cusp of an energy revolution."
Thompson Reuters Foundation: Climate fund to push decentralised renewables into Africa's mainstream
18 OCT 2016 | The Green Climate Fund agreed to become the anchor investor in a $3.5 billion debt fund for decentralised renewables proposed by Deutsche Bank AG. The $10 billion GCF is set to channel billions of dollars in climate change funding to developing countries in the coming years.
The Guardian: Power for All campaign for renewable energy surpasses 100 partners
17 OCT 2016 | Power for All, a global campaign to radically accelerate the adoption of renewable, decentralized energy solutions and eradicate energy poverty, announced that it surpassed its pledge to recruit 100 civil society and private sector partners.
Planet Save: Clean Decentralized Energy For The World’s Poor — Power for All!
15 OCT 2016 | Universal energy access is attainable, but it can only happen by uniting behind a global voice for the sector. Power for All, with its emphasis on modern, clean technology, can now leapfrog slow, inefficient and centralized systems.
RealNews: Renewable Energy Power for All Campaign Nets 125 Partners
14 OCT 2016 | Power for All campaign for decentralised renewable energy surpasses 100 partners trying to reach the 1.1 billion people worldwide currently lacking access to electricity.
Recharge: Power for All reaches 125 partners as RE drive gathers pace
13 OCT 2016 | Power for All—a global campaign to speed up the adoption of renewable energy—has passed a pledged milestone of recruiting 100 civil society and private sector partners.
The Authority: Focus shifts to renewables as Nigeria battles energy shortages
05 OCT 2016 | Nigerians are getting really frustrated with the grid system and are looking for alternative. We see the decentralized renewables market taking off, which is why we have to come together to make sure it takes off even faster together.
Off Grid Nigeria: Independence from Blackout, DRE as a possible solution
01 OCT 2016 | As Nigeria marks the 56th year of independence, millions still lack basic energy access. Decentralized renewables can provide a viable, affordable and rapid way to increase energy access—and see an end to power blackouts.
East African Business News: Sierra Leone: Journalists Urged to Join Energy Access Campaign
22 SEPT 2016 | Sierra Leone media learn about decentralized renewables and how switching from expensive battery powered torches and kerosene to solar lightning will save the country’s residents US$105 million per year.
263 Chat: Clean energy technologies tonic to development
20 SEPT 2016 | In Zimbabwe, there must be a shift in the acceptance of renewable power if the country is to attain energy access in line with Sustainable Development Goal 7 and “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all
Awoko: Power is essential to human, economic growth
14 SEPT 2016 | Switching from expensive battery powered torches and kerosene to solar lighting in Sierra Leone would save the country’s residents about $105 million per year, while larger decentralized renewable products can be used to power enterprises, health services, schools and agriculture.
This Day: Renewable Energy is the Way Out of Nigeria’s Power Deficit
13 SEPT 2016 | Power for All's Campaign Leader in Nigeria, Ify Malo, explains how greater support for decentralized renewables can lead to rapid uptake in Nigeria, which will accelerate energy access and alleviate energy poverty.
All Africa: Zimbabwe: What's Holding Back Off-Grid Renewable Energy?
09 SEPT 2016 | Organisations working to boost access to energy say that for off-grid systems to work effectively, forthcoming policies must include targets, milestones, and monitoring and evaluation protocols for all types of renewable energy.
263 Chat: Media Critical in Promoting Decentralised Renewable Energy
29 AUG 2016 | By having a broader understanding of energy issues as well as reporting on them, the media in Zimbabwe is beginning to participate in energy debates as well as discussions that affect them on a daily basis.
Renewable Energy World: Decentralized Renewables & The Rise of the Micro-Enterprise Economy
19 AUG 2016 | With rapid market growth and increased investment in decentralized renewables, many companies are now accelerating their push into productive use solutions. This is resulting in the emergence of a “Micro-Enterprise Economy”.
Reuters: Affordable Solar Schemes Light Way to Energy for All in Zimbabwe
08 AUG 2016 | Only focusing on grid extension and increasing generation capacity will not allow us to attain energy access for all by 2030. To meet the internationally agreed goals, distributed renewable energy is a critical solution.
Awareness Times: Power for All Sets Target to Meet President Koroma 50,000 Solar Units Deadline
29 JULY 2016 | The Sierra Leone Energy Revolution aims to attract decentralized solar enterprises and investors to Sierra Leone to meet ambitious targets: distribute 50,000 solar units by the end of 2016, 250,000 solar units by the end of 2017 and extend basic power supply to all people in Sierra Leone within 9 years.
Renewable Energy World: To Fight Energy Poverty, Africa Embraces Both Renewable & Non-renewable Energy
05 JULY 2016 | The African Development Bank's New Plan aims to support 75 million off-grid connections by 2025. This is a huge step in the right direction, but only if it guarantees the required funding and access to that funding in a timely fashion.
Rocket News: To Fight Energy Poverty, Africa Embraces Both Renewable and Non-renewable Energy
05 JULY 2016 | The African Development Bank (AfDB) has a soft spot for renewable energy in Africa, but its push for energy efficiency in a new ten-year plan embraces a controversial approach—all sources of energy are acceptable. Power for All, supports the important focus on energy, but insists clean energy access is key.
Chronicle: Renewable Energy a Possibility
22 JUNE 2016 | The Permanent Secretary of the Zimbabwe Energy and Power Development Ministry discusses development of the Rural Energy Master Plan at the launch of the national Power for All campaign in Harare.
Greentech Media: Are Global Goals to End Energy Poverty by 2030 Doomed With a Centralized Approach?
20 JUNE 2016 | Organizations such as the World Bank back the creation of Western-style centralized power grids to achieve the United Nations' goal of ending energy poverty by 2030. But these infrastructure projects take too long and are too costly.
Zambia Daily Mail: AfDB energy strategy hinders progress
16 JUNE 2016 | A broad coalition of private sector energy companies and civil society groups issued a new report that shows a huge missed opportunity by the African Development Bank (AfDB) to achieve the financial institution’s goal of universal energy access by 2025.
Decentralized Energy: Energy Access: It's the policy, stupid
14 JUNE 2016 | In recent months, many national governments have expanded existing targets and policies for decentralized renewables or created new ones, but policy and finance have to catch up with technology.
Renewable Energy World: Policy, Not Finance, Biggest Obstacle to Scaling Decentralized Renewable Energy
13 JUNE 2016 | By William Brent
Renewable energy companies in emerging markets frequently lament the shortage of financing as the main barrier to scaling decentralized solutions. But at CEM7, industry leaders singled out the lack of supportive national energy policies as the biggest obstacle to accelerated growth.
GreenBiz: Bold goals at CEM7: Philips projects 2 billion LEDs sold
02 JUNE 2016 | Energy ministers from around the world converged with business and NGO leaders and entrepreneurs for the first day of the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial. But it was entrepreneurs and businesses that got things going.
Next Billion: Creating a Less Taxing Environment for Off-Grid Solar
02 JUNE 2016 | Pioneering policy-makers in East Africa have already seen off-grid markets flourish due to a supportive business environment and specific tax and duty exemptions—not to mention strong consumer demand. Others are now beginning to follow suit.
News of the South: AfDB rapped for lack of focus
26 MAY 2016 | The African Development Bank has been criticised for maintaining focus on large infrastructure only at the expense of energy projects based on time to access that would allow the emergence of decentralised renewables in energy.
News Ghana: Low investment hinders access to energy
25 MAY 2016 | New report says the opportunity costs of delaying access to energy could be remedied if multilateral development banks and infrastructure development agencies incorporate the full spectrum of energy options into their plans, including decentralized renewables.
Thompson Reuters Foundation: African development goals are powerless without clean, distributed energy
23 MAY 2016 | Energy is vital to meet sustainable development goals, but with a business as usual approach to energy access we will have no time to meet them. Multilateral development banks must take urgent action to #endenergypovertyfaster so we can meet global goals.
Reuters: Sierra Leone solar push aims to bring electricity to all by 2025
11 MAY 2016 | An Energy Revolution in Sierra Leone aims to provide electricity to all of its 6 million citizens by 2025, boost the economy, expand crucial services such as healthcare, and reduce dependency on aid.
Discourse Media: How Africa and India are hacking the grid
22 APR 2016 | A rapidly growing army of entrepreneurs and companies in Africa and South Asia are creating a new energy paradigm built on services, community and flexibility. This energy hack could change the face of development and the chances of a generation.
Planet Save: Power For All Launches Call To Action For Development Banks To End Energy Poverty Before 2030
15 APR 2016 | At the World Bank Spring meetings Power for All launched its Call to Action, seeking to rapidly reduce the condition of energy poverty using distributed renewables and accelerate energy access.
Thompson Reuters Foundation: Development banks urged to put more energy into power for the poor
14 APR 2016 | "The disproportionate MDB financial support for slow, expensive centralised power projects over fast, cost-effective decentralised renewables is perhaps one of the greatest missed opportunities in development today."
The World Post: The Missing Link in Global Development: Energy Access Opportunity Costs
14 APR 2016 | Despite powerful commitments by multilateral development banks little progress has been made in the fight to end energy poverty. The missing link? Energy access opportunity costs.
ESI Africa: Exclusive Interview, Aaron Leopold, Practical Action & Power for All
1 MAR 2016 | Energy access and energy in Africa are topics gaining ground on the global agenda, partially due to the growing private sector involvement that wasn’t there in the past.
The Huffington Post: Who will be the next Amazon or Netflix of East Africa?
29 FEB 2016 | East Africa is at the cutting edge of global energy innovation, with solar providers demonstrating the power of beyond the grid markets. Yet are these just solar companies, or are they something more?
The World Bank: Africa Far from Sustainable Energy for All, But Showing Signs of Progress
17 FEB 2016 | Electrification is only just keeping pace with population growth in Africa but universal energy access is possible by 2030. We need to look further than "conventional approaches".
The Huffington Post: "New Deal for Energy" a Big Deal for Africa, Off-Grid
25 JAN 2016 | The New Deal for Energy in Africa is a great step towards lifting millions from the dark, yet a greater focus on off-grid renewables can achieve universal energy access faster and at 10% of the cost.
PV Tech: Energy 'New Deal' for Africa targets universal energy access by 2025
21 JAN 2016 | The Africa Development Bank profiles its energy access plans, including 75 million new off-grid connections, at the World Economic Forum
ESI Africa: Africa and the Invention of a Renewable, Decentralised Grid
05 JAN 2016 | How to ensure that the coming energy revolution in Africa is a lean, green growth machine
The Economist: Big money for energy in Africa must be spent on small producers
13 DEC 2015 | A recent $10 billion pledge by developed countries to boost energy expansion in Africa is good news but must empower as well as power.
Devex Impact: How Tesla plans to power the world
The Guardian: 11 routes to universal energy access in Africa by 2030
The Huffington Post: Single Week Brings More Than $125 Million to Off-Grid Energy Sector
Blue & Green Tomorrow: Power for All receives UK support to help Africa’s poor through distributed renewables
The Huffington Post: Energy Access Is Not for Free
IEEE Spectrum: Renewable Minigrids Should Be the End Goal for Rural Poor
The Huffington Post: Power for All Campaign: Seeking a Faster Timeline for Universal Energy Access
Skoll World Forum: Energy Access Doesn't Have to Wait