2 NOV 2017 | William Brent
India stands out as “one of the largest electrification success stories in history,” accounting for two or every five people newly electrified since 2000, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency. However, the report painted a future quite different from the centralized grid focus of the current Indian government.
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.”
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.
IN THE NEWS
Greentech: Can India Lead the Global Minigrid Market Like China Did With Solar PV?
9 NOV 2017 | Between 2006 and 2016, China evolved from a bit player in solar panel manufacturing to a behemoth. In the process, it sparked a global boom in renewable energy and created a huge domestic industry. India now finds itself in a position to do something similar for renewable energy minigrids — if the government seizes the opportunity.
Medium.com: Commentary: Can India lead global mini-grid market like China did with solar PV?
9 NOV 2017 | Between 2006 and 2016, China went from a blip on the radar of solar panel manufacturing to total domination. In the process, it sparked a global boom in renewable energy and created a huge domestic industry. India now finds itself in a position to do something similar for renewable energy mini-grids — if the government seizes the opportunity.
Medium.com: Solar + storage: a path to converging clean cooking, electricity access? India thinks so
7 NOV 2017 | SDG7 — affordable, modern, reliable, sustainable energy for all — includes providing access to electricity (for 1 billion people) and clean cooking (for 3 billion). But the two have always been on parallel tracks.
Medium.com: Podcast: the emerging South-South nexus in last-mile electrification #SDG7
5 NOV 2017 | In two parts, the discussion touches on the Power for All campaign, electricity access in India (Part 1) and the emerging opportunities for collaboration between India and Sub-Saharan Africa (Part 2) to deliver energy services to 900 million people for the first time.
Medium.com: India energy future needs to be less ad hoc, more distributed
2 NOV 2017 | In a discussion with Power for All, the co-author of the recently published “Energizing India: Towards a Resilient and Equitable Energy System”, says that India needs to fully recognize that energy is bigger than just an infrastructure issue, but one of development that can stunt India’s growth unless addressed correctly by ensuring financial and environmental sustainability.
Medium.com: New $50 million energy access growth fund announced by Shell Fdn, FMO
2 NOV 2017 | According to Pradeep Pursnani, Deputy Director Shell Foundation, the fund is designed to “provide entrepreneurs with the patient, flexible, risk tolerant, capital that the energy access market in emerging economies need.” He said the fund will target investments of $1-$5 million in mezzanine debt.