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Solar Milling: The Potential

Step into the energy future of Uganda's maize sector with our video, showcasing the impact of decentralized renewable energy (DRE). Understand how DRE is not just enhancing efficiency but also transforming the lives of smallholder farmers, forging a path to a more sustainable and equitable future.

Building Partnerships for an Integrated Energy Approach: Experience from the Utilities 2.0 project, Uganda

Building a strong partnership has been one of the key strengths of the Utilities 2.0 project that has contributed significantly to its successful implementation. This was the key takeaway from a webinar titled“Building Partnerships for an Integrated Energy Approach: Experience from the Utilities 2.0 project, Uganda,'' held on May 5. Representatives of all the partner organizations shared their experiences in developing and managing partnerships that shaped the project's success, challenges faced, and lessons for scaling up or replicating the project across Africa.

The Utilities 2.0 Twaake project

The Utilities 2.0 Twaake project is an integrated energy pilot that unites Umeme Ltd, Uganda’s centralized power utility company and several leading Uganda-based distributed renewable energy companies (DREs) including Equatorial Power, EnerGrow and East African Power, to provide affordable, reliable, and clean power for all in what has been envisioned as the utilities of the future. The project is funded by The Rockefeller Foundation and coordinated by Power for All.

From the ground up: Translating Compacts to Implementation

Private sector plays a vital role in supporting the energy access ecosystem, including governments, national utilities, and the communities themselves. In the spirit of supporting UN High Level Dialogue on Energy and the call to action to accelerate the end of energy poverty by 2030, Power for All hosted a side event on incorporating distributed renewable energy in national energy sector plans.

Celebrating Six Years of Power for All

COVID-19 presented an opportunity to show how decentralized renewable energy can accelerate access to better health, jobs, and quality of life through collective and coordinated action. To celebrate our 6th anniversary, this video shows the resourcefulness of working together, as well as the silver linings in the actions we have had to take to enact change.

Improving Health Outcomes & Energy Access in Zambia

Africa Clean Energy Technical Assistance Facility (ACE TAF), World Resources Institute (WRI) and Power for All are supporting the Ministry of Health to develop a comprehensive set of activities to help bring electricity to Zambia​'s unelectrified health care facilities.

Global Dialogue: Scaling a clean energy-based food transformation

This dialogue examined the most innovative approaches being implemented today and glean key learnings that can feed into game changing recommendations for the UN Food Systems Summit, COP26 and the High Level Dialogue on Energy.

Decentralized renewable energy and healthcare

Power for All is working at the center of energy and health sectors to help scale decentralized renewable energy--mini grids and rooftop solar--that can solve these challenges quickly and cost effectively.

Energy Access Innovation

Ongoing innovations in the energy sector have played a key role in enabling productive uses of energy resulting in rural economic growth. Here are some of the impactful decentralized renewable energy solutions providing livelihoods and income-generating opportunities.

Celebrating Collective Action

Since its founding, Power for All has grown to 300+ partners. Together, we have achieved much, but we must redouble our commitment to remove the roadblocks that are keeping us from finally ending energy poverty. This video brings together our coalition's diverse voices from across the globe to inspire us to march on.

25x25: Ending energy poverty faster

The 25x25 Electricity Access Acceleration Collaborative will work to bring decentralized renewable energy to 25 emerging economies, with an aim to ending energy poverty in those countries by 2025.

Energy access and economic growth

Power for All talks to BBC Africa about access to reliable electricity as a prerequisite for economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa's rural areas

Powering Jobs Census 2019

Unemployment in the countryside of Sub-Saharan Africa and developing Asia is worsening, while nearly 1 billion rural, mostly agrarian people still lack electricity. Providing energy access via decentralized renewables to these communities could turn a double challenge into a huge job creation opportunity.

Mini-grids: catalyzing investment with results-based finance (RBF)

Less than 15% of $1.7 billion of investment in off-grid energy between 2010-2018 went to mini-grids. Yet $10-25 billion is needed annually to bring electricity to 450 million people by 2030 via renewable energy mini-grids. Investors believe the missing catalyst to unlock private capital is results-based finance (RBF).

Mini-grids: powering the next green revolution

Our latest video takes a closer look at the potential for decentralized renewables like mini-grids to unlock an explosion of agriculture productivity and jobs in Sub-Saharan Africa and developing Asia.

Mini-grids: "outside-in" electrification

Our latest video looks at how micro-grids have successfully helped countries bring electricity to their farmers and rural industries. Examples include the United States, Cambodia, and most recently Nigeria.

An Introduction to the Platform for Energy Access Knowledge (PEAK)

PEAK is a an inter­ac­tive plat­form designed to help aggre­gate and repack­age the best research and infor­ma­tion into com­pelling data-​​​driven sto­ries for the decentralized renewable energy (DRE) sector.

Video: Solar Electric Cooking

With batteries and solar mini-grids or rooftop PV, induction stoves could offer a one-stop solution for both electricity access and clean cooking. See some examples of what's being tried and learned in Africa

Mini-Grids: Key to Ending Energy Poverty

Private utilities called mini-grids have the potential to bring access to electricity to 450 million people by 2030, helping to end energy poverty while also laying the foundation for rural economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa and many others regions and countries.

Video: Data Miniseries

Our data miniseries looks at the importance of good data, how to unlock it, and how it can be used to effectively make major decisions and benefit big causes.

Video: Nigeria Mini-Series

Electrifying all Nigerians has become a priority in this populous West African country, where approximately 75 million still remain in darkness even as the economy surges ahead in other ways. Now, the power sector is focused on getting safe, reliable energy to the entire population.

Video: Solar a Game-Changer for Village Healthcare in India

Tribal and forest communities in remote parts of the country are turning to renewable energy as a catalyst for delivering better healthcare. Two new videos from SELCO Foundation show the huge impact of distributed solar.

Video: Energy and Health Miniseries

Innovative solutions are emerging to address the interdependence between energy and health. See some of the impactful work happening around the world, bringing electricity to the most remote healthcare facilities.

Video: Water-energy Access Series

The ability for distributed solar to deliver clean drinking water and rural sanitation to remote communities is gaining traction, as this video series clearly illustrates.

Video: Rural small business benefiting from reliable, quality mini-grids

This mini-grid in Uttar Pradesh isn’t serving a single home. Instead, it is providing power to over 80 small businesses and local entrepreneurs are seeing the pay-off

Video: Mini-Grids Help Train Women, Youth with Reliable Power

Smart Power India is pushing the envelope in productive uses of electricity access beyond lighting, such as this Husk Power Systems mini-grid project in Kathkuiyan, Uttar Pradesh. Access to quality, reliable power supply from the mini-grid is ensuring that job training is uninterrupted, giving economic opportunity to local women and youth.

Video: Data and the SDGs

Despite the continued challenges in accessing data, a number of initiatives are making progress in quantifying progress on the SDGs, as well as contributing to better policy-making, such as the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (@Data4SDGs), UN Global Pulse (@UNGlobalPulse) and UN Foundation-based Data2x (@Data2x). For an Africa perspective on the importance of data, watch this overview.

Video: Mini-grids increase rice processing output for rural Indian women by 100x

The Smart Power India (SPI) initiative has electrified 8 villages in Jharkhand state with green mini-grids. Women who earn a living from processing rice are now using electric hullers and fans to hull and winnow rice, and the impact has been huge: the amount of rice hulled daily has increased 100x from 20kg to 2,000kg.

Video: Mini Film Series on Mini-grids & Productive Use

The narrative for the contribution of distributed renewables to Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) has centered around lighting and phone charging for the past 10 years.

Mobile for Energy Access: A Conversation with Mats Granryd and Strive Masiyiwa

1.2 billion people around the world are living still living without access energy, yet two-thirds of them are within mobile network coverage. As the rapid growth of the mobile industry is outpacing the slow extension of the energy grid in many developing countries, mobile is providing new pathways to delivery key services such as energy.

Video: India Energy Access Mini Film Series

Below is a series of thematic videos from India that highlight some of the leading work being done across the sector:

Video: 1 Million Technicians by 2025

Schneider Electric has pledged to train 1 million people as renewable energy technicians by 2025. This video explains their Access to Energy effort and their success so far in training more than 100,000. In October last year, Schneider signed an MoU with India to establish a center to train trainers and to setup not less than 100 vocational centers to train, in particular, unemployed youth in the field of energy management and solar energy. In April 2017, they also set up a training center in Ivory Coast. For more perspective, also check out our previous interview with Schneider's Thomas Andre on the need for capacity building.

Video: Leaving No Country Behind

Power for All launched "Decentralized Renewables: From Promise to Progress", a new policy-focused Call to Action at the SEforALL Forum, and two of the co-authors of the report, Rebekah Shirley and Kristina Skierka, discussed the findings during a Facebook Live session during the Forum. Learn what policy levers correlate to high-growth of decentralized renewable energy, and how governments can embrace and implement necessary reform that leads to universal electricity access.

Video: A Message to Policy-makers

Zimbabwe has a national electrification rate of 40%. Its ageing electricity grid infrastructure, which has suffered from years of underinvestment, is currently dependent on power imported from South Africa. Despite efforts being made to expand the grid’ generation capacity, population growth and energy demand are growing fast and the grid is failing to keep pace.

Video: Africa Energy Indaba

The Power for All panel at the Africa Energy Indaba 2017 brought together some of the sharpest minds in the sector to ask: "How far and fast will distributed renewables go?". The result was a conversation that challenged the status quo.

Awareness & Action: Video & Visuals

Reaching new audiences, and engaging rural communities is not always easy—but these videos and visuals show how consumer awareness campaigns and materials have helped millions learn about clean distributed energy solutions.

Caterpillar Interview: Micro-Grid Challenges and Opportunities

With the reduced cost of renewable technologies and rising innovation, micro-grids are a growing opportunity in emerging markets, one which is already reducing fuel consumption, lowering emissions and driving energy access. It is an opportunity that has not been missed by Caterpillar.

Video: The Case for Climate Optimism

"Bangladesh is now installing solar PV systems at the rate of two per minute, 24 hours a day". As part of his inspiring TED talk this year, Al Gore highlighted the key role of distributed solutions in ending energy poverty, and blazing the path to a sustainable future.

Webinar: What's ahead for decentralized renewables?

In this webinar, hosted by the Clean Energy Solutions Center, we join forces with REN21 to profile key findings of the 2016 Global Status Report, share updates on the Power for All campaign, and answer questions on the Sierra Leone Energy Revolution, Energy Africa compacts and more.

Video: Clean Energy Horizons

At the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) annual meeting in Nairobi in May, we interviewed a number of experts—including leaders from BBOXX, d.light, International Finance Corporation, Solar Kiosk and Zonful—about opportunities they see on the horizon.

Video: African Development Bank Call to Action

Following the launch of our latest report Decentralized Renewables: The Fast Track to Energy Access at the African Development Bank Annual General Meetings, Aaron Leopold, Deputy Director of Global Advocacy spoke live from Lusaka to CNBC Africa, while Cheidza Mazaiwana, Zimbabwe Campaign Director, highlighted to Business Incorporated how decentralized renewables are combating the country's energy crisis. Watch the interviews below and join the call to action.

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