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6 JUNE 2017 | Jaipur-based Frontier Markets is pursuing a energy revolution in rural India through the power of women. The start-up is expecting to more than double to 500,000 the number of households it reaches with distributed renewable power solutions this year. At the same time, it will increase five-fold to 5,000 its network of women entrepreneurs, while more than doubling its network of retail partners to 5,000 as well.

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Articles

Decentralized Energy: New year, new opportunities for distributed renewables
24 JAN 2016 | By Susie Wheeldon & William Brent
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.  

ESI Africa: Exclusive interview with Ify Malo, Nigeria campaign director for Power for All
18 OCT 2016 | With Ify Malo
“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.”

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PRESS RELEASES

Power for All Report Pinpoints Policies to Accelerate Energy Access for 1 Billion Rural Poor
04 APR 2017 | A groundbreaking report released today by Power for All identifies the five most important national energy policies needed to end electricity poverty for approximately 1 billion rural poor. 

First of Kind Solar Pilot in Sierra Leone
01 DEC 2016 | Today the Sierra Leone Association for Microfinance Institutions and the Renewable Energy Association of Sierra Leone  launched a pioneering household solar pilot project. The pilot—which will enable 1000 families to affordably purchase clean, safe home solar units.

Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria - Launched
24 NOV 2016 | Today industry leaders come together for the launch of the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN) at the West African Power Industry Convention. The launch will be attended by guests from over 100 organizations working in, and supporting, the renewable energy sector in Nigeria.

100+ Partners Driving Power for All
12 OCT 2016 | Power for All, a global campaign to radically accelerate the adoption of renewable, decentralized energy solutions and eradicate energy poverty, announced today that it surpassed its pledge to recruit 100 civil society and private sector partners. 

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IN THE NEWS

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. 

Photo: Practical Action

Photo: Practical Action

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.

Photo: Mathieu Young

Photo: Mathieu Young

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.

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