A solar mini-grid in Nigeria - Image: Arnergy

03 JAN 2017 | Power for All, an international campaign to accelerate universal energy access, has called on the Nigerian Government to intensify partnerships with development organizations that support off-grid renewables in order to speed up access to electricity. In Nigeria, 100 million people live without access to the centralised grid, while four in every five enterprises use diesel generators.

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Africa Energy Indaba
February 21–22

Johannesburg, South Africa

ARE Energy Access Investment Forum
March 22-23

Lisbon, Portugal

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April 3-5

New York, USA

The Solar Future Nigeria
April 25-26

Lagos, Nigeria


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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Videos

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PRESS RELEASES

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. 

Power for All Launches Call to Action for Development Banks to End Energy Poverty before 2030
14 APR 2016 | Power for All calls on development banks to integrate the energy access opportunity cost into their funding decisions and take steps to radically accelerate energy access for the 1+ billion people living without electricity.

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IN THE 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. 

Photo: Practical Action

Photo: Practical Action

Vanguard: Why govt needs to review taxes, tariffs on renewable energy components
06 FEB 2017 | Campaign Director for Power For All in Nigeria, Ify Malo, urged the Federal Government to address the issue of taxes and tariffs for renewable energy components in the country, to enable the growth of the distributed renewables sector, and millions of people to access power.

Vanguard: Nigeria has large market for renewable energy
02 FEB 2017 | As the  largest country in Africa, Nigeria has the greatest number of people without access to electricity on the continent—60 per cent of the population. The size of the off-grid market means that Nigeria offers a great opportunity for the decentralized renewables sector. 

Photo: Mathieu Young

Photo: Mathieu Young

Vanguard: Stakeholders make case for renewable energy
17 JAN 2017 | In a bid to meet the Sustainable Energy For All benchmark set by the Nigerian government, stakeholders in the renewable energy sub-sector have called on the federal government to provide enabling environment to engender development of decentralized renewables. 

Concord Times: Solar Energy Saves Money
12 JAN 2017 | The Secretary of the Renewable Energy Association of Sierra Leone has highlighted that the use of solar energy would help save families’ money, and help businesses thrive. Replacing all the batteries and kerosene used for off-grid lighting in Sierra Leone with renewable off-grid solutions would enable savings of over US$105 million per year. 

This Day: The Renewable Energy Option
04 JAN 2017 | Nigeria needs 12,000 MW of power but can barely produce 4,000, 17 per cent of what one hydropower station in China generates. But the problem is not just the number of megawatts: but how many people and businesses can access energy. How do we get out of the crisis? We need to give decentralised renewables a try.

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