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
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.”
Kick-Off of DRE Task Force
15 FEB 2018 | A Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) Taskforce to accelerate modern energy access initiatives was launched today by a coalition of partners. DRE solutions—which range from stand-alone systems to mini-grids and mobile solar farms— have the advantage of being readily available, affordable and immediately deployable. This allows the delivery of energy access in a number of days—versus the years it takes to site, permit, build and manage a traditional centralized fossil fuel grid system.
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
Medium.com: India failing to support distributed renewables for energy access: report
31 JAN 2018 | According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), India has to increase the rate of delivering electricity to its rural population by 10 times to achieve its ambitious target of 24/7 power for all by early 2019.
Medium.com: Can Saubhagya succeed? Prospects of universal electrification in Uttar Pradesh
29 JAN 2018 | India’s flagship electrification scheme, Saubhagya, aims to bring electricity to every Indian home by early 2019. With 15 million non-electrified householdsin the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP), the scheme’s success depends heavily on rural electrification in the country’s most populous state.
Medium.com: Husk Power nets $20 million from Shell, ENGIE, Swedfund to scale mini-grids
15 JAN 2018 | The investment in Husk Power Systems, a leading rural distributed utility company operating mini-grids in Asia and Africa, came from Shell Technology Ventures LLC, Swedish development finance institution Swedfund International and ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies, ENGIE group’s impact investment fund.
Medium.com: Why active community ownership is key to rural electricity access in India
9 JAN 2018 | In India, 93% of urban households use electricity as the main source of lighting, compared with 55% in rural areas. How to get power to that widely dispersed rural population (estimated at 25,000 to 50,000 villages) is a key goal of the central government, but major questions surround the efficacy of electrification by grid extension.
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.