Pollinate Energy’s 100,000th customer, Naga and his family (credit: Pollinate Energy)

2 JULY 2017 | Most international focus on electricity poverty is understandably on remote, rural communities, where 900 million people live without power. But as Pollinate Energy just proved in India, cities also face similar challenges. Pollinate, which distributes solar and other life-changing products to vulnerable urban migrants, just announced surpassing its 100,000 customer.

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World Bank Civil Society Policy Forum
April 20

Washington, DC, USA

The Solar Future Nigeria
April 25-26

Lagos, Nigeria

Innovate4Climate
May 22-25

Barcelona, Spain

Mission Innovation Workshop on Off-Grid Access to Electricity
July 12

Paris


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

Aspire Africa: New energy boss targets access, Africa as World Bank priorities
19 JULY 2017 | Riccardo Puliti, the newly appointed head of energy and extractives at the World Bank in charge of investing $8 billion a year, says that Africa and India will be the bank’s main focus, and he will pursue an all-of-the-above approach, with a major focus on natural gas and renewables, while coal will remain off limits.

Medium.com: Waste biomass power set to surge in India
17 JULY 2017 | Solar energy has received most of the attention in India’s ongoing energy transition. But the country’s draft National Energy Policy (NEP) has called for putting greater resources behind projects that convert waste agricultural biomass into electricity.

Medium.com: Roti and a renewable recipe for better livelihoods in rural India
13 JULY 2017 | Clear linkages exist between distributed energy, energy efficiency and sustainable livelihoods. However, a holistic solution needs to go beyond the confines of technology, and integrate aspects of capacity building, appropriate financing and market intelligence. Take the case of roti.

Medium.com: New Report: Progress on 24x7 Power for All
12 JULY 2017 | India’s government has made transparency a centerpiece of its rural electrification campaign, called Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY). A new update summarizing the status of India’s overall energy reform program (called 24x7 Power for All, or Ujwal Bharat) was recently issued, reporting that 73% of villages have been electrified under DDUGJY as of May 19, 2017.

Photo: Practical Action

Photo: Practical Action

Medium.com: Uttar Pradesh: Opportunity to Scale Energy-as-a-Service Models for Rural Electrification
11 JULY 2017 | With a population of 200 million, Uttar Pradesh (UP) is India’s largest state. It is also the state with the largest number of unelectrified people. In the 2011 Census of India, only one in four rural households used electricity as their primary source of lighting.

Photo: Mathieu Young

Photo: Mathieu Young

Medium.com: THE CALL FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY
10 JULY 2017 | Against the background that electricity consumers in the country remain grossly under-served with one of the lowest energy-per-capita rates in the world, we hope the authorities will buy into the call to explore renewable energy. Utilising the country’s untapped energy sources, estimated at 93,950 megawatts.

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