Campaign Update: May 2020

Power for All 2019 Social Media Dashboard

2019 saw considerable growth for Power for All’s social media engagement, with our footprint performing on par with much larger organizations, and the number of our total followers across major platforms (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram), increasing by more than 10,000, with the largest growth on Twitter and LinkedIn. Among some of the many influencers who promoted or liked our content: the Government of Nigeria, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, the UNFCCC, former Kenya Prime Minister Raila Odinga, and IRENA. In 2020, we'll be working to increase our "visual engagement" on YouTube and Instagram. Let us know how we can help elevate the profile of your work and be sure to follow us on all platforms.

 

Indian Leaders Call for Improvement in Rural Healthcare 

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Power for All brought together a coalition of 20 leaders in India consisting of think tanks, research groups, renewable energy companies, sustainable development organizations, industry associations, and health care services, to publish an open letter calling for action to make all unelectrified healthcare clinics in rural areas solarized

The leaders urged the Central and state governments, as well as the international development community to support a four-step intervention, which includes expanding clinic solarisation, ensuring long-term operations, promoting innovation where manufacturers must be incentivized, and developing efficient appliances suitable for rural healthcare services.

The letter outlines 4 key interventions that the government can undertake in order to help alleviate the situation: 

  1. Expanding the programme to solarize clinics, drawing from the example of Chhattisgarh state which has successfully done this; 

  2. Allocating dedicated funding towards this initiative, which would amount to just 0.6% of the current 2020-21 energy and healthcare budget; 

  3. Ensuring long-term operations and sustainability by working through existing structures; and 

  4. Promoting innovation in order to develop more financially viable and energy-efficient medical equipment. 

 

Podcast: Why is Energy Access Important?

840 million people don't have access to energy, and by 2030, 90% of the people without energy will be in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our Chief Research Officer Dr. Rebekah Shirley recently joined The Energy Talk podcast by Olubunmi Olajide where she discussed the progress and empowerment that energy access has brought to communities in developing countries, listen here

 

Webinar: Scaling up Solar DC Appliances Globally

Direct Current (DC) power is the future of our sustainable energy future and global uptake of DC powered devices are on the rise. Our Chief Campaign Officer William Brent joined a webinar Mainstreaming Solar DC Applications by pManifold Business Solutions to discuss technology landscape and advances made globally in Solar DC Applications, the innovations big players/small players/start-ups are building in further scaling and advancing these solutions and the changes in customer behavior in the adoption of Solar DC Systems and barriers faced by the end-user customer. 

 

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