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Campaign Update: May 2016

Find out about recent activities and the up-coming events where Power for All is profiling decentralized renewables—and get involved!

June: Campaign Activities


LONDON, June 7-9: Ashden Conference & Awards

Our Director of National Programs, Charlie Miller, joined expert speakers from organisations including Power Africa, Bloomberg and Acumen at the 2016 Ashden Conference speaking about the clean energy ladder and national electrification policies. June 9 sees the Ashden Awards, with Greenlight Planet, SunFunder and many more incredible organisations amongst the award winners. 

HARARE, June 9: Power for All Workshop Series

Following its launch last month, the Power for All campaign in Zimbabwe begins a series of workshops, starting with a session for policy-makers on distributed renewables. As well as presentations from local sector experts, insights on market growth are being shared by guest speakers from the Kenyan Embassy.

MUNICH, June 22-24: Intersolar Off-Grid Power Forum

Alongside campaign partners the Alliance for Rural Electrification, Power for All Deputy Director of Global Advocacy Aaron Leopold will be attending the Off-Grid Power Forum and highlighting the campaign's recent report Decentralized Renewables: The Fast Track to Energy Access. Please get in touch to arrange meetings. 

LONDON, June 22-24: Africa Energy Forum

Campaign Director, Kristina Skierka, will be participating in the Africa Energy Forum which will see key note speeches by Energy Ministers and leaders from across Africa, as well as the UK's Minister for International Development, Nick Hurd.

WEBINAR, July 6: Off-Grid Renewables - Energy Access and Market Opportunity 

This webinar, hosted by the Clean Energy Solutions Centre will provide an overview of REN21’s newly released Renewables 2016 Global Status Report, the explosive growth of the off-grid sector and the market opportunities presented by decentralized renewables. Christine Lins, Executive Secretary of REN21, and Kristina Skierka Power for All Campaign Director will present. 

May Highlight: The Sierra Leone Energy Revolution

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On May 10, the Sierra Leone government announced a massive initiative to provide electricity to all 7 million of its people as part of its post-Ebola recovery plans; currently only 13% of the population has access to energy, less than 1% in rural areas. Sierra Leone committed to:

  • extend basic power supply to all of its people within 9 years ("Power for All" by 2025)
  • deliver "modern power" to 1 million people by 2020
  • eliminate import duties and VAT on qualified, internationally certified solar products
  • launch of a series of renewable energy initiatives to eradicate energy poverty

The measures were announced at a renewable "Energy Revolution" event with President Ernest Bai Koroma and more than 500 people attending, including UK Department for International Development Minister Nick Hurd and 149 Paramount Chiefs. The goals are part of on official compact between the Sierra Leone government and UKAID's Energy Africa campaign—which focuses on solar for households. It was the first compact Energy Africa has concluded, and several others are expected to follow later in the year. Sierra Leone Power for All Campaign Director, Ami Dumbuya, is leading work to bring public and private organizations together in support of the initiative.

Let us know if you want to know more about this incredible opportunity.

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