8 DEC 2017 | Benjamin Attia and Rebekah Shirley
Almost half of the people living in sub-Saharan Africa have access to electricity. Urban electricity access rates are even higher, estimated at 76 percent in 2014. But these figures are dangerously deceptive. A recent World Bank study on infrastructure in Africa finds that take-up rates for populations living under the grid are high in only a few countries



Intersolar India
Dec 5-7

Mumbai, India

RE-Invest India
Dec 7-9

Noida, India

ARE Energy Access Investment Forum
March 13-15, 2018

Sicily, Italy

Event Horizon 2018
April 17-19

Berlin, Germany

SEforALL Forum
May 2-3, 2018

Lisbon, Portuga


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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Tangible Benefits of Accelerating Electricity Access in Developing Countries Where 1 Billion Still Lack Power
16 NOV 2017 | Rural and vulnerable populations in developing countries could miss out on multiple wide-ranging benefits if they are forced to wait years, or even decades, to get access to electricity through first-ever power from the grid instead of through quicker to deploy decentralized renewable energy solutions, according to a report announced by Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and Power for All today. 

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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Medium.com:  Off-grid solar financing failing in India
25 DEC 2017 | With less than 1% of solar PV financing in India invested in the off-grid segment, it has a very small share of the total market. Current financing for the segment is a patchwork of international donor grants, debt from international development finance institutions and owner equity.

Medium.com:  Distributed solar industry eyes India as next “pay-as-you-go” giant
21 DEC 2017 | Pay-as-you-go (“PAYG” or “paygo”) is a way for energy consumers to purchase products or services in small increments. PAYG solar home solutions have exploded in rural Africa in recent years, with a diverse set of business models, including: rental, ‘lease-to-own’ (when customers pay small amounts until they own a system fully), upfront sales with financing partners and direct cash sales.

Medium.com: Amid push for rural grid extension, distribution franchising could deliver reliable energy access in India
19 DEC 2017 | Recent examination of the financial viability of European utilities by investment analysts at the International Energy Agency (IEA) concludes that “digital technologies are facilitating new business models, such as virtual power plants (VPPs), based on bilateral power exchange and increased roles for consumers and third parties to provide energy, capacity and flexibility services that were once the exclusive domain of utilities.” 

Medium.com:  Growing demand for mini-grids, solar in rural India; kerosene declining
14 DEC 2017 | India’s recently announced Saubhagya plan aims to ensure power supply to 40 million unelectrified households by early 2019, and complements another initiative, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana, to strengthen electricity infrastructure in rural areas. But having a connection does not directly translate into electricity access.

Photo: Practical Action

Photo: Practical Action

Medium.com:  What’s the best battery for rural mini-grids?
13 DEC 2017 | After several months of testing, ITT’s initial conclusion is that Li-ion batteries appear to be the most suitable for use in solar mini-grids with high power loads, high energy demands, as well as operational stresses such as high ambient temperature, deep cycling and partial state of charge.

Photo: Mathieu Young

Photo: Mathieu Young

Medium.com:  Mini-grids can quickly achieve universal access in India, cut emissions: report
12 DEC 2017 | Renewable energy mini-grids have huge potential to contribute to the Indian government’s 24x7 Power for All agenda by rapidly expanding reliable electrification in thousands of suitable villages, as well as mitigating significant greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new publication, “Scale and Sustainability: Toward a Public-Private Paradigm in Powering India”

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