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New national energy policy redefines rural “electrification”, sees states taking lead

20 JUNE 2017 | ndia has put forward a sweeping roadmap for its energy future, including the role it foresees for distributed renewables as it moves to create universal electricity access by 2022, and an energy revolution by 2040, by which time India’s population will be about 1.6 billion, with electricity demand expected to increase 4.5 fold from 2012 levels.

India sees launch of 1st solar TV service

6 JUNE 2017 | Simpa Networks, a leader in providing affordable solar power to households and businesses in rural India, today announced the launch of Magic TV, the country’s first solar-powered Pay-as-you-Go (PAYG) satellite TV solution.

A “quick start guide” for ending rural energy poverty

24 MAY 2017 | Solving complex development issues doesn’t usually come with a quick start manual. New findings, however, suggest that delivering electricity access to 1 billion rural poor may be an exception.


Business Day
FG reaffirms commitment to renewable energy

23 MAR 2017 | In continuation of its efforts to ensure the provision of electricity 24 hours a day for all Nigerians, the Federal Government on Wednesday reaffirmed its commitment to support the growth of renewable energy in the country. 

Sunshine in Nigeria | Image: Inside Climate News

Sunshine in Nigeria | Image: Inside Climate News

Inside Climate News
Solar Power Taking Hold in Nigeria, One Mobile Phone at a Time

09 FEB 2017 | 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. 

Solar Mini-Grid - Credit: Arnergy

Solar Mini-Grid - Credit: Arnergy

Daily Trust
Agency advocates free tariff on imported renewable energy equipment

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.

MOU Signing between REASL and SLAMFI - Credit: Power for All

MOU Signing between REASL and SLAMFI - Credit: Power for All

First household solar pilot kits launched in Sierra Leone

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.

Credit: ESI Africa

Credit: ESI Africa

ESI Africa
Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria – launched

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.

All Africa:
Sierra Leone: Off-Grid Solar Can Save Lives in Salone

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."

A solar mini-grid powers a barber shop | Image: Steamaco

A solar mini-grid powers a barber shop | Image: Steamaco

Taste of solar power builds appetite for more in Kenya, survey finds

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. 

Image | Aspire Africa

Image | Aspire Africa

Aspire Africa:
New Fund to Propel Decentralized Renewables into the Mainstream

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.

A women charges her phone using decentralized solar | Image: Reuters

A women charges her phone using decentralized solar | Image: Reuters

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.

Image: Global Leap

Image: Global Leap

Decentralized Energy:
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. 

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Medium.com: 5 untapped apps of solar irrigation
28 JUNE 2017 | The benefits of solar pumps are not restricted to irrigation. Besides reducing pollution and emissions by replacing diesel generators, they can deliver many other applications, which is critical in a country where agriculture accounts for 15% of GDP and more than 50% of the population is dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods.

Vanguard: NERC’s mini-grid regulation to improve electricity investment – Industry stakeholders
27 JUNE 2017 | POWER for All, a global coalition of companies and civil society organisations has expressed optimism over the new regulations for electricity mini-grids by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), stressing that it will enhance investment in the power sector.

Medium.com: Distributed renewables = jobs and business
25 JUNE 2017 | India is a leader in the global surge in renewable energy jobs. According to IRENA’s recent 2017 report, India currently represents 385,000 jobs, making it the 4th largest national jobs market behind China, the United States and Brazil. Meanwhile, new CEEW and NRDC research projects India will create 1 million jobs by 2022 if the government hits its target of 175 GW of renewable energy. 

Medium.com: Scaling rural electrification via bank capacity building
22 JUNE 2017 | The biggest frustration voiced by enterprises looking to deliver last-mile electricity connections to the rural poor is lack of finance. To solve this major roadblock to scale, SELCO Foundation has developed an innovative program that has nothing to do with money. It focuses instead on people and process. 

Medium.com: How distributed solar can save India $10 billion, eliminate 5% of emissions, increase farmer incomes
21 JUNE 2017 | An innovative project in India to aggregate power generated from microgrid-powered solar irrigation into farmer-owned electricity cooperatives is showing impressive results, with the potential to save India’s government $10 billion in farm power subsidies, conserve scarce groundwater and eliminate 5% of India’s total GHG emissions.

Leadership: NERC’s Mini-Grid Regulations Will Boost Renewables Innovation
17 JUNE 2017 | Stakeholders in the renewable energy sector, Nigeria has applauded the Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC’s), new mini-grid regulations, noting the law will boost renewables innovation, and provide electricity to the underserved and unserved Nigerian population.

Medium.com: Bihar calls on investors to help decarbonize
15 JUNE 2017 | Bihar’s Energy Minister, Shri Bijendra Prasad Yadav called on investors to come to Bihar state, one of India’s most electricity poor, to help achieve bold new renewable energy targets and decarbonize the economy.

Thomson Reuters Foundation News: Multi-billion dollar Africa-India partnership aims to eradicate energy poverty
12 JUNE 2017 | Pieces are falling into place for an important collaboration between India and Africa to end energy poverty. The stakes are high, as sub-Saharan Africa and India account for over 80 percent of the world’s 1.1 billion unelectrified.

Medium.com: “Utility in a Box” — a mini-grid solution for scaling last-mile connectivity
11 JUNE 2017 | Prototypes of an integrated, standardized “Utility in a Box” (UiB) are being deployed in rural India starting this month, with the goal of significantly reducing the cost of mini-grid systems and contributing more significantly to India’s goal of national electrification by 2019.

Leadership: Gender Specific Approach To Renewables Will Reduce Energy Poverty In Nigeria
10 JUNE 2017 | Ify Malo, the Campaign Director, Power For All, Nigeria, a global renewable energy advocacy organization, has said energy poverty can be largely reduced via gender specific approaches to renewable energy generation and systems distribution.

Medium.com: Mini-grids fuelling micro-enterprise in rural India
7 JUNE 2017 | Rajni Shukla was struggling to make ends meet for her family on the meagre earnings of her husband. Meeting the growing needs of two young school-going children meant that she had to pick up odd sewing jobs from the women in her village. 

Medium.com: It’s time for a grid, mini-grid marriage in India
5 JUNE 2017 | India is pursuing national electrification at a breakneck pace, but in order for last-mile connectivity to become a reality for all Indians, better coordination is needed between grid operators and private mini-grid ESCOs, according to a new report.

NESG Economic and Policy Review Journal: Distributed Renewable Energy: The Answer to Nigeria's Energy Access Challenge
31 MAY 2017 | Nigeria has one of the greatest energy access challenges in the world, with an un-electrified population of 75 million people. Likewise, the cost of the energy access deficit is huge. 

Climate Scope: Tapping into data to tackle electricity poverty
31 MAY 2017 | An estimated 1.2 billion people – 16% of the global population – do not have access to electricity and more than 95% of those living without electricity are in countries in sub-Saharan Africa and developing Asia.

Medium.com: Is cold storage the next ‘killer app’ for green mini-grids?
31 MAY 2017 | Many of India’s leading mini-grid developers launched their businesses by powering remote telco towers close to communities lacking reliable electricity. 

Medium.com: Bihar sets growth target for solar, mini-grid
30 MAY 2017 | Bihar state, one of India’s most electricity poor, announced a new five-year renewable energy policy that targets 3 GW of solar capacity, including 1 GW of rooftop solar and 100 MW of green mini-grids. 

Medium.com: Goyal “most important individual for the future of energy”
29 MAY 2017 | A very interesting blurb from “Energy Source”, the weekly newsletter from Financial Times US Industry and Energy Editor Ed Crooks, in which he suggests that MNRE minister Piyush Goyal is playing a central role in the global clean energy transition.

SciDev.net: Embrace decentralised renewable energy for power supply
25 MAY 2017 | Countries in Africa and South Asia should embrace inexpensive decentralised renewable energy (DRE) technologies for clean, sustainable and affordable power for all, says a report.

Sustainable Conversations: #9Questions: Renewable Energy
16 MAY 2017 | Ify Malo who leads the Power for All campaign in Nigeria shares expert insight and advice on how Africa can maximize this immense renewable energy potential in ensuring that all Africans have access to clean and modern energy by 2030.

Medium.com: Scaling Solar Irrigation in India (and Africa)
6 MAY 2017 | India’s market for solar pumps for irrigation and drinking water was virtually non-existent in 2011, when Claro Energy was founded. But recent attention from federal and state governments, including subsidies, has created a $700 million annual market that is set to expand rapidly.

Thomson Reuters Foundation: How to help business speed up electricity access for the poor
27 APR 2017 |Providing clean electricity to everyone in the world is one of the most daunting challenges facing our generation. A new report tracking country-by-country progress on sustainable energy trends make this crystal clear.

decentralized energy: Decentralized renewable energy can unlock UN sustainability goal
20 APR 2017 |A United Nations goal to end energy poverty by 2030 can only be achieved by accelerating investment in decentralized renewable energy, according to campaign group Power for All, backed by analysis produced by the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) at the University of California, Berkeley.

News Ghana: IDs 5 policies to end rural energy poverty in Africa
14 APR 2017 |A new report ranks the policy readiness of Sub-Saharan African countries to lift their people out of “energy poverty” and identifies for the first time 5 clear policy measures that national governments can take to achieve clean, affordable power for all before the UN target of 2030 (known as Sustainable Development Goal 7, or SDG7).

devex: Trump's proposed cuts to DOE cast shadow over clean energy solutions
13 APR 2017 | “What now?” was the question Dr Jonathan Pershing, the former U.S. special envoy for climate change who now heads the environment program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, recently put to a room full of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.

12 APR 2017 | A groundbreaking report recently released by Power for All identifies the five most important national energy policies needed to end electricity poverty for approximately 1 billion rural poor (mostly living in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia), and outlines the steps governments can take to implement those policies.

SmartCitiesCouncil: Report: End energy poverty faster with policies supporting distributed renewables
10 APR 2017 | A year ago, Power for All released a report that concluded ending energy poverty by 2030 -- the focus of UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 -- can only be achieved for the rural poor by accelerating investment in decentralized renewable energy. 

CleanTechnica: Power For All Outlines Policies Necessary For Ending Energy Poverty By 2030
10 APR 2017 | A follow-up report published by Power for All has outlined a suite of policies impoverished nations can adopt to accelerate the adoption of decentralized renewable energy products and services, which is a big step on the road to providing reliable electricity to the over billion people without access to energy.

The Economic Times: India, Bangladesh hold 97% renewable energy market: Report 
10 APR 2017 | NEW DELHI: Five countries, including India and Bangladesh, lead the world in solar home lighting systems and the two south Asian nations together account for 97 per cent of the renewable energy market in the region.

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Is energy access finance finally ready to flow?
7 APR 2017 | Insufficient financing has long plagued efforts to get electricity to the 1 billion rural poor who wake up every day without it. But some recent signs—a $3.5 billion debt fund, the expected approval of a $150 million first-of-its-kind World Bank “off-grid” loan and local African and Asian commercial banks entering the fray— indicate that things are changing.

Greentech Media: A Plan to Solve Energy Poverty With Distributed Renewables
7 APR 2017 | Putting an end to energy poverty is potentially within sight. Distributed renewable energy can deliver energy access to the billion-plus people around the world who lack it a lot faster than many people realize—and far quicker than the traditional approach of extending centralized electricity grids.

Thomson Reuters Foundation: FEATURE-Micro-grids powered by the sun boost fortunes of Lake Victoria fishermen
4 APR 2017 | Mary Atieno was often forced to sell her tilapia well below the market rate because she had to get rid of the fish quickly in the searing heat bearing down on her village on the shore of Lake Victoria. Lack of electricity meant Atieno was at the mercy of commercial fish buyers.

Thompson Reuters Foundation: Why it’s time to end the myth of the “energy poor”
31 MAR 2017 | 1.2 billion people lack electricity in the world today, and that number is set to rise as population growth outstrips new power connections. Nearly 1 in 4 of them are in India. 

The Nation: Firm to boost solar power generation with N715b
26 MAR 2017 | SOLA Nigeria has set machinery in motion to boost solar power energy generation across the country with 13million pounds (about N715b), The Nation has gathered.

Awoko: Sierra Leone - Renewable energy partners commit to accelerate growth
24 MAR 2017 | Civil society, private sector and government made a commitment in a “joint call to action” on access to renewable energy. Commitments  will accelerate the growth of the decentralized renewable energy market vital for reaching 6 million people living in energy poverty.

ThisDay: Edozien: FG to Kick-start Rural Electrification Fund with N2bn
23 MAR 2017 | The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Power, Mr. Louis Edozien, disclosed that the government has planned to kick-start the REF with N2billion in the 2017 budget, to enable private investors with viable off grid renewable electricity projects to access finance.

Punch: FG approves N2bn for Rural Electrification Fund
23 MAR 2017 | The Federal Government on Wednesday announced that it would jumpstart the Rural Electrification Fund with N2bn and that this had been provided for in the 2017 budget estimates.

The Guardian: FG approves N82b for roads, votes N2.3b for rural electrification
23 MAR 2017 | The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Louis Edozien, said the Federal Government has concluded plans to launch more than N2.3 billion rural electrification fund, subject to the approval of the National Assembly.

The New York Times: Solar Experiment Lets Neighbors Trade Energy Among Themselves
13 MAR 2017 | Brooklyn is known the world over for things small-batch and local, like designer clogs, craft bourbon and artisanal sauerkraut.Now, it is trying to add electricity to the list.