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2 Keys to Scaling Energy Access

Distributed renewables play an increasingly important role in promoting energy access, already accounting for 6 gigawatts of capacity in the developing world, with an expectation of providing over 60% of new electricity connections in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2030. New analysis in Escaping the Energy Poverty Trap shows that national governments need two things to succeed in creating markets for distributed renewables: 1) institutional capacity and 2) local accountability mechanisms.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/energy-policy/2-keys-scaling-energy-access

Mini-grids boost women entrepreneurship; up to 11x income rise

A new study in Ghana by Power Africa and Energicity, the parent company of solar mini-grid developer Black Star Energy (BSE), has revealed significant impact of electricity access on women-owned businesses and incomes, including helping them move from extreme poverty to near middle class status, while allowing them to stay in their rural communities.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/dre-technologies/mini-grids-boost-women-entrepreneurship-11x-income-rise

Nigeria taskforce ends initial phase, reviews accomplishments and future goals

Nigeria’s Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) Taskforce, which aims to accelerate modern electricity access initiatives by tackling the most pressing industry challenges, met on November 12, 2018 to review the success of the taskforce since its creation in February 2018.

https://www.powerforall.org/campaigns/nigeria/nigeria-taskforce-ends-initial-phase-reviews-accomplishments-and-future-goals

Mini-Grids: Myanmar’s Next Decentralized Technology Revolution

Decentralized electricity generation systems such as mini-grids avoid the high cost of bringing electricity long distances by constructing small-scale power plants right next to the point of consumption.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/dre-technologies/mini-grids-myanmars-next-decentralized-technology-revolution

Campaign Update: November 2018

Power for All is hiring for several openings, including operations, development, grant management and country-level coordinators. We also successfully launched the #PoweringJobs campaign, and continued to advance the sector forward in Nigeria.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/campaign-updates/campaign-update-november-2018

New analysis indicates grid extension poor fit for rural poor

Should private off-grid solar companies continue to expand their user base? Or is the grid better suited for poor, rural consumers? [Spoiler Alert: Yes and No]

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/articles/new-analysis-indicates-grid-extension-poor-fit-rural-poor

Infographic: Help Wanted

10.3 million renewable energy jobs exist globally. Yet just 76,000 are in Africa, where they are most urgently needed.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/images-graphics/infographic-help-wanted

Middle-Income Countries Big Winner from Off-Grid Energy. Who’s Next?

As demonstrated in by new data from IRENA, off-grid renewable electricity has grown tremendously across the world over the last decade, but growth was very uneven. Why was off-grid successful in some places and not others?

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/energy-policy/middle-income-countries-big-winner-grid-energy-whos-next

Six Nuclear Reactors Worth of Off-Grid Renewable Energy Deployed in Last 10 Years—But Sub-Saharan Africa Lagging

The deployment of off-grid electricity is one important pathway toward reducing energy poverty. Off-grid technology can meet basic needs at an increasingly affordable cost and, when powered by renewable sources, in a clean manner. Yet until recently, we knew little about the current state of affairs: how much capacity do off-grid systems currently provide? And where?

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/africa/six-nuclear-reactors-worth-of-grid-renewable-energy-deployed-last-10-years-sub-saharan-africa-lagging

Electrifying Africa’s Labor Market

With more than 600 million people lacking access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa, off-grid renewable energy has the potential to transform economies and lift millions out of poverty. But green power can do something else, too: it can help solve the continent’s mounting unemployment crisis. A perspective by Mugo Kibati of M-KOPA and Gilles Vermot Desroches of Schneider Electric.

https://www.powerforall.org/campaigns/poweringjobs/electrifying-africas-labor-market

Forging Better Lives with Solar in India

Blacksmiths and other craftsmen in rural India—with the help of distributed solar power, local financing yet minimal innovation—are creating a path to better livelihoods with the support of SELCO Foundation.

https://www.powerforall.org/campaigns/poweringjobs/forging-better-lives-solar-india

Women #PoweringJobs in Senegal

Over 100 years ago, women pushed for the right to vote. Today, they are pushing for the right to energy. Nowhere is this more important than in West Africa, where 100 million women and girls live in energy poverty.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/articles/women-poweringjobs-senegal

CNBC Africa: "How renewables could help solve Africa’s job crisis"

CNBC Africa highlights the #PoweringJobs campaign, spotlighting that distributed renewable energy solutions like home solar and green mini-grids can help solve Africa's job crisis.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/how-renewables-could-help-solve-africas-job-crisis

Nigeria Taskforce Seeks New Ways to Confront Energy Access Challenges

Five key barriers are preventing the scaling of off-grid renewable solutions in Nigeria: 1. tariffs and duties, 2. consumer awareness, 3. collaborative data sharing, 4. end-user payments and 5. standardization and certification.

https://www.powerforall.org/campaigns/nigeria/nigerias-energy-taskforce-seeks-new-ways-confront-industry-challenges

Fact Sheet: Jobs and Decentralized Renewable Energy

Globally, the decentralized renewable energy industry is expected to create at least 4.5 million direct jobs by 2030.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-jobs-and-decentralized-renewable-energy

#PoweringJobs Campaign Overview

#PoweringJobs is a global campaign to ensure the required energy access workforce exists, and has the necessary skills to achieve sustainable energy for all. Women and youth are a core focus of this advocacy campaign.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/calls-to-action/poweringjobs-campaign-overview

#PoweringJobs Launched to Build Energy Access Workforce

Global campaign to create employment-ready workforce to scale distributed renewable energy solutions in emerging economies in Asia and Africa; women and youth are key focus for millions of expected jobs.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/press-releases/poweringjobs-launched-build-energy-access-workforce

What we mean by “productive use”—and why it matters.

Productive use is one of the hottest buzzwords in the world of energy access today, increasingly used by development banks, industry leaders, and civil society organizations (among others!) as the work to deliver energy to 1 billion people evolves beyond just lighting. But what does “productive use” of energy actually mean?

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/articles/what-we-mean-productive-use-and-why-it-matters

Fact Sheet: Global Off-Grid Appliance Market

Off-grid appliances are appliances that can operate in resource-constrained settings, or that are designed to operate in off-grid energy systems such as low-voltage DC solar home systems or on AC/DC mini-grids. In this joint CLASP, Energy for Access Coalition and Power for All synthesis, we draw on three new reports to provide the most up-to-date data on off-grid appliances their demand, markets, impacts and consumer behavior.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-global-grid-appliance-market

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.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/video/introduction-platform-energy-access-knowledge-peak

In Conversation With Abhishek Jain, CEEW

A new report by India's leading energy access research organization looks at how to boost rural incomes through innovation in distributed clean energy, and the $50 billion opportunity for new livelihood appliances.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/audios/conversation-abhishek-jain-ceew

Campaign Update: October 2018

Power for All and its partners are firing on all cylinders, kicking off exciting Utilities 2.0 work in Uganda, pushing a "25x25" market activation concept forward at IOREC and ECOWAS, launching an energy access jobs campaign, and moving the needle in Nigeria. And did you miss PEAK’s webinar? So much to catch up on.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/campaign-updates/october-2018-campaign-updates

SDG7: is a “great convergence” coming?

SDG7 — affordable, modern, reliable, sustainable energy for all — has two parts: providing access to electricity (for 1 billion people) and clean cooking (for 3 billion). But the two have always been on parallel tracks. It's time for them to come together

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/articles/sdg7-great-convergence-coming

In Conversation with Dr. Chetan Singh Solanki

A team at the India Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai has pioneered a new solar electric cookstove for India. Can it bring the two sides of SDG7—clean cooking and electricity access—together? Power for All spoke with team leader, Dr. Chetan Singh Solanki, about a village pilot under way, and the potential to scale.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/articles/conversation-dr-chetan-singh-solanki-professor-of-technology-science-and-engineering-technology-institute-mumbai

Campaign Update: September 2018

Nigeria’s Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) Task Force which was set up under the Scaling Off Grid Energy (SOGE) project of the USAID and Power Africa and implemented by Power for All met on September 18th to discuss actionable steps that will accelerate the sector.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/campaign-updates/campaign-update

Research Summary: Mini-Grid Bankability

The Energy and Environment Partnership Trust Fund has financed 43 mini-grid projects in Africa, and recently published a report explaining that infrastructure financing and regulatory environments are the main ‘make-or-break’ contributors to mini-grid bankability.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/research-summaries/research-summary-mini-grid-bankability

Research Summary: A mini-grid market opportunity assessment of Burkina Faso

The African Development Bank has developed Mini-Grid Market Opportunity Assessments for a number of Sub-Saharan African countries. In this second summary, we highlight the potential of mini-grids in Burkina Faso

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/research-summaries/research-summary-mini-grid-market-opportunity-assessment-of-burkina-faso

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

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/video/video-solar-electric-cooking

Webinar Series: Tutorial for using the Platform for Energy Access Knowledge (PEAK)

Power for All launched the Platform for Energy Access Knowledge (PEAK), a new interactive knowledge platform designed to curate, organize, synthesize and transform large, growing bodies of decentralized renewable energy data into “digestible,” shareable and useable information.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/events/platform-energy-access-knowledge-peak-webinars

The bankability of mini-grid business models is improving but regulation remains the biggest challenge.

Energy and Environment Partnership Trust Fund (EEP Africa) has financed 43 minigrid projects in 10 countries in Southern and Eastern Africa. Their recently published report Opportunities and Challenges in the Mini-grid Sector in Africa draws lessons from the EEP Africa portfolio and explains that infrastructure financing and regulatory environments are the main ‘make-or-break’ contributors to mini-grid bankability.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/research-summaries/bankability-of-mini-grid-business-models-improving-regulation-remains-biggest-challenge

4 keys to unlock cheap micro-grid finance

To improve lender confidence and increase project financial attractiveness, micro-grid developers should reduce the risks of non-steady cash flows through four short-term actionable strategies

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/economics/4-keys-unlock-cheap-micro-grid-finance

4th IOREC Coming to Singapore

This year, the 4th International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC), organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), will be the global platform dedicated for sharing experience and best practices about design and implementation of enabling policies, tailored financing schemes, innovative business models and technology applications for stand-alone and mini-grid systems. The 4th edition of IOREC will be held in Singapore on 31 October - 1 November 2018, during the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW), 2018 as part of Asia Clean Energy Summit Conference and Exhibition. With over half a billion people in Asia are still without access to electricity, the synergy with the ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting, chaired by Singapore in 2018, and with the Asia Clean Energy Summit, will greatly help highlight the role decentralised renewable energy solutions can play in electrification strategies in the region and beyond, as well as the role of off-grid renewable energy in achieving several of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) will organise an Exhibition in parallel with the Conference. The Exhibition is meant to give the private sector the opportunity to present its products & projects and showcase the technologies & know-how at the forefront of off-grid renewables.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/events/4th-iorec-coming-singapore

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.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/video/mini-grids-key-ending-energy-poverty

A mini-grid market opportunity assessment of Cameroon

SEforAll Africa hub in conjunction with the African Development Bank recently published a Mini-Grid Market Opportunity Assessment of Cameroon as part of the Green Mini-Grid Market Development Programme (GMG MDP) document series.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/africa/mini-grid-market-opportunity-assessment-of-cameroon

Electricity access must be climate resilient

Given the speed and scale with which climate impacts are being felt around the globe, emerging economies—or any economy for that matter—no longer have the luxury of planning for their energy systems as though climate change doesn’t matter and won’t impact it in fundamental ways.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/energy-policy/electricity-access-must-be-climate-resilient

Campaign Update: August 2018

With the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, Power for All organized an intimate gathering of energy access leaders in July. At the event were representatives of African, Asian and European utilities and government agencies (energy ministries, rural electrification agencies, etc), private sector companies engaged in residential solar and mini-grids, and funders and researchers, all keen to begin a discussion on the future of power utilities in low energy access countries, and to explore ways to pilot new models of electricity services that integrate centralized and decentralized solutions.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/campaign-updates/campaign-update-august-2018

Fact Sheet: Decentralized Renewables – Supporting Climate Resilience and Adaptation

DRE can help communities to adapt to a fast changing global climate and become more resilient in the face of such disasters. Brazil and Zambia--both countries that rely heavily on large hydropower--experienced constraints on electricity supply due to severe droughts in 2015. The problem is not restricted to hydropower since thermal-electric power plants also consume large amounts of water for generation.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/fact-sheets/decentralized-renewables-supporting-climate-resilience-and-adaptation

A mini-grid market opportunity assessment of Cameroon

SEforAll Africa hub in conjunction with the African Development Bank recently published a Mini-Grid Market Opportunity Assessment of Cameroon as part of the Green Mini-Grid Market Development Programme (GMG MDP) document series.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/research-summaries/mini-grid-market-opportunity-assessment-of-cameroon

S-@ccess International Conference on Solar Technologies & Hybrid Mini Grids to improve energy access

The main objective of the conference is to provide an opportunity for an exchange between practitioners from the industry, academia and development institutions working in the field of decentralized energy. The conference will cover technical, business and management aspects of solar technologies and mini grids with the aim of sharing experiences, learning from each other and networking. The challenge of energy access for all is of enormous magnitude and only be achievable, if a smart mix of different existing and innovative technologies and approaches is applied according to the needs and the economic potential of the people. In the last years, a multitude of organizations and companies has gained value experiences with the dissemination of solar lanterns, plug-and-play systems and solar home systems either in form of cash sales or Pay-as-you-go approaches. Several international organizations have also tried to scale up installation of solar and hydro mini-grids in rural areas with differing degrees of success. Other organizations focused on solar thermal systems or the development of energy efficient equipment allowing the productive use of DC electricity. The Conference will provide a forum where experts from different disciplines can discuss how universal energy access can be achieved in the most efficient way. The conference will invite acknowledged experts to provide an overview about the status in different technology areas and give room to participants, which want to present their results from scientific research or experiences from the fieldwork.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/events/s-ccess

Campaign Update: July 2018

Power for All wrapped up its DRE101 trainings under the Scaling Off-Grid Energy (SOGE) project with two trainings in the Nigerian cities of Kano and Ibadan. The workshops were targeted at policymakers from the North-West and South-West states respectively.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/campaign-updates/campaign-updates-july-2018

In Conversation with Dana Rysankova, World Bank

She provides strategic and operational guidance to the World Bank’s Energy and Extractives Global Practice to scale-up the bank’s energy access interventions. In addition to this role, Dana is coordinating energy access activities at the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), where among other things she is the Program Manager for Lighting Global. Dana also leads a global initiative for applying the Multi-Tier Framework for tracking energy access in the context of the Sustainable Energy for All and SDG7 goals.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/interviews/conversation-dana-rysankova-world-bank

Fact Sheet Booklet: Powering the SDGs

Fact Sheet Booklet: Powering the SDGs Generated by PEAK, a new booklet brings together the clearest data points on the Energy Access Dividend, looking at the direct relationship between decentralized energy access and some of the most critical SDGs.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/fact-sheets/factsheet-booklet-powering-sdgs

Fact Sheet: Mini-Grids in India: Mini-Grid Finance and Business Models

India has seen rising investment in mini-grids, which can help accelerate India’s universal energy access goals. In our second fact sheet on India mini-grids, we explore the different business models being deployed in India, with their successes and challenges.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-india-mini-grids

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.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/video/video-data-mini-series

Turning Data Into Insight

According to the UN, the “deployment of decentralized renewable energy is fueling a disruptive transformation of the energy sector”, by providing a fast, cost-effective and sustainable approach to universal energy access. Yet we at Power for All, our partners and stakeholders agree that many actors with the influence to accelerate decentralized renewable energy (DRE) growth.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/articles/turning-data-insight

Power for All Helps Accelerate Rates of Electrification to End Energy Poverty in South West Nigeria

Power for All, a global advocacy campaign for distributed renewable energy (DRE) is helping policymakers, faith-based institutions, civil society organizations and trade associations in the South West region to use renewable energy solutions to accelerate the rate of electrification and end energy poverty in the region.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/press-releases/news-release-power-all-helps-accelerate-rates-of-electrification-end-energy-poverty-southwest-nigeria

Nigeria Energy Access Taskforce Sets New Targets

Nigeria’s Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) Taskforce, which was launched in February to accelerate modern electricity access initiatives, met July 17, 2018, to review its success since its last meeting and set new milestones to be reached in order to grow the sector.

https://www.powerforall.org/campaigns/nigeria/nigeria-energy-access-taskforce-sets-new-targets

Nigerian States Commit to Increasing Electrification Using Decentralized Renewables

The North-West region is Nigeria’s second largest geopolitical zone, made up of 7 states which cover 216,065km2 and an estimated population of 45 million people, but yet its least electrified region with only 14.6 million people having access to electricity with the bulk of the un-electrified in rural communities.

https://www.powerforall.org/campaigns/nigeria/nigerian-states-commit-increasing-electrification-using-decentralized-renewables

The New Activists

Different campaigns across geographies are uniting to support a renewable energy future, says May Boeve of 350.org

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/new-activists

The Kenya Clean Energy Cycling Caravan

The Tour de France might still be one week away, but in Kenya young people are currently cycling across the country to connect with people who do not have access to energy. During the trip the cyclists are meeting with local communities and government officials to promote renewable energy as a clean solution to lack of energy access, ahead of the Kenyan elections that are taking place on the 8 August. This is part of the Big Shift campaign supported by the African Coalition for Sustainable Energy and Access (ACSEA), the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), Kenya Youth Climate Network and Christian Aid.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/events/kenya-clean-energy-cycling-caravan

Spotlight: Distributed Models for Grid Extension Could Save African Utilities Billions of Dollars

Sub-Saharan Africa utilities run huge deficits. Distributed renewable energy can help them extend service in a more cost-efficient way, say Rebekah Shirley of Power for All and GTM Research’s Ben Attia.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/articles/spotlight-distributed-models-grid-extension-could-save-african-utilities-billions-of-dollars

Research Summary: Electricity Access and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Africa’s Pulse biannual report by The World Bank focuses on electricity access in Sub-Saharan Africa. It looks at recent innovations in access delivery and governance, and how different approaches impact economic development.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/research-summaries/research-summary-electricity-access-and-development-sub-saharan-africa

In Conversation with... Lisa Jordan

Shine is a newly launched global campaign dedicated to ending energy poverty. Shine’s director Lisa Jordan is working to mobilize foundations, communities of faith and investors that have previously not focused on the more than over 1.1 billion people who lack access to energy.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/audios/conversation-lisa-jordan-shine

Fact Sheet: Mini-Grids In India: Mini-Grid Market Highlights and Policy

As one the world’s leading mini-grid markets, India can scale the role of private rural utilities to help meet domestic and international energy access challenges. In the first of two fact sheets, we look at the current state of the Indian mini-grid sector and the challenges it faces.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-mini-grids-india

Campaign Update: June 2018

During two regional DRE 101 workshop in Kogi and Enugu with high-level state and regional policymakers, the Power for All team received a deluge of requests from other states for similar training. Power for All has been conducting the trainings as part of the Scaling Off-Grid Energy (SOGE) project, but was only funded to do a series of six regions.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/campaign-updates/campaign-updates

Nigeria’s Abia State Leads on Scaling Off-grid Energy

One of the major objectives of the Scaling Off-Grid Energy project (SOGE), funded by USAID and Power Africa and co-implemented in Nigeria by Power for All and FHI360, is to increase awareness and knowledge among sub-national policymakers of how decentralized renewable energy (DRE) solutions can accelerate energy access. The main platform for meeting this goal is a 6-part series of regional workshops, called DRE101, with the first two already held in Kogi State, North-Central Nigeria, and Enugu State, South-Eastern Nigeria.

https://www.powerforall.org/campaigns/nigeria/nigerias-abia-state-leads-scaling-grid-energy

Policymakers in Nigeria’s South South Region Benefit From Workshop on Decentralized Renewable Energy

CALABAR, June 18th, 2018—Power for All, a global advocacy campaign for distributed renewable energy (DRE), conducted two workshops for policymakers, faith-based institutions, civil society organizations and trade associations in the South-South region of Nigeria on how to use DRE solutions to accelerate the rate of electrification and end energy poverty in the region.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/press-releases/news-release-policymakers-nigerias-south-south-region-benefit-workshop-decentralized-renewable-energy

Research Summary: Poor People's Energy Outlook

Practical Action’s PPEO 2017 focuses on how to finance people-driven energy access solutions. Through case studies from Bangladesh, Kenya and Togo, Practical Action highlights that we already have most of the tools needed to finance a bottom-up renewable revolution.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/research-summaries/research-summary-poor-peoples-energy-outlook

Research Summary: Nigeria Finance

Recent research by Power for All’s on-the-ground country campaign finds that the Nigerian decentralized renewable energy (DRE) market is large and proven, but the capital required to finance this market remains to be unlocked.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/research-summaries/research-summary-nigeria-finance

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.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/video/video-nigeria-mini-series

In Conversation with... Habiba Ali

Habiba Ali, the dynamic founder and CEO of Nigeria’s SOSAI Renewable Energies, and vice president of the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN), talked to Power for All about scaling mini-grids, what’s still needed to ensure rural electrification targets, and the importance of getting more women leaders into the DRE sector.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/audios/conversation-habiba-ali-of-sosai-renewable-energies

Nigeria: The Next Big Frontier for Rural Electricity Access

Igu, a farming village in Nigeria of about 4000 people, has never had electricity, despite being located in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, just an hour’s drive from the seat of Nigeria's Federal Government, Abuja. For villages like Igu, getting access to energy has until now remained a far-fetched dream.

https://www.powerforall.org/campaigns/nigeria/nigeria-next-big-frontier-rural-electricity-access

Campaign Update: May 2018

Power for All had a significant presence at the SEforALL Forum. CEO Kristina Skierka joined a high-level panel on “Electricity for All in Sub-Saharan Africa”, and research director Rebekah Shirley guided an interactive working session called the “Energy Access Dividend- Data that Informs and Influences”, looking at how to further research on socio-economic impacts of electricity access, with participation from Acumen, Duke University, RVE.SOL, wPower Hub and the World Health Organization.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/campaign-updates/campaign-updates-may-2018

In Conversation with Ilana Cohen, GSMA

The GSMA has been a leader in linking mobile networks and services with energy access, most notably through the introduction of pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar. Power for All spoke with Ilana Cohen about major emerging trends related to the intersection of connectivity and rural electrification: 1. The significance of smartphones emerging as the next big consumer “appliance” with PAYG solar consumers. 2. The market entrance of international Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) into the energy access sector. 3. What the convergence of these two trends holds in store for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/interviews/conversation-ilana-cohen-gsma

Nigeria Energy Access Taskforce Confronts Tariff Challenge

Nigeria’s Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) Taskforce, which was launched in February to accelerate modern electricity access initiatives, met April 18 to tackle pressing challenges for the DRE sector, including a new tariff on solar panel imports.

https://www.powerforall.org/campaigns/nigeria/nigeria-energy-access-taskforce-confronts-tariff-challenge

Research Summary: Powering Last Mile Connectivity

Nearly four billion people are not connected to the internet today, representing a significant opportunity for both socio-economic development and business. Bridging this digital divide requires affordable and reliable access to electricity.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/research-summaries/research-summary-powering-last-mile-connectivity

Fact Sheet: Decentralized Renewables: Education

Decentralized renewable energy (DRE) solutions are helping millions of school children reach their potential. With many students still studying without light or electricity at school and at home, DRE solutions are critical to improving literacy and keeping children in the education system.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-decentralized-renewables-and-education

Campaign Update: April 2018

Power for All worked closely with our partner, the Africa Mini-grid Developers Association (AMDA), to help launch the world’s first trade group focused exclusively on the full-range of mini-grid solutions.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/campaign-updates/campaign-update-april-2018

In Conversation with... Praveen Kumar

How to educate last mile consumers in India about new technologies? Visit 9,000 villages and engage over 200,000 people.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/audios/conversation-praveen-kumar

When Power is Life or Death

The founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Michael Liebreich, recently launched the Project Bo crowdsourcing campaign, triggered when he saw a tweet last year from Dr Niall Conroy of University College Dublin.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/articles/when-power-life-or-death

Hey Matt Damon, Let’s Talk

Chances are that if you live in a remote part of sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia and don’t have access to electricity, you also don’t have access to clean water. That’s hundreds of millions of people.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/articles/hey-matt-damon-lets-talk

New Markets for Distributed Renewables Opened Up in Nigerian States

For countries with a federal government, policy implementation and change frequently happen at the state level. Nigeria, with 36 states, is no exception. As part of the Scaling Off Grid Energy (SOGE) project, Power for All has kicked off a 6-part workshop series in low energy access states to ensure that decentralized renewable energy (DRE) solutions are fully baked in to local electrification plans.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/energy-policy/new-markets-distributed-renewables-opened-nigerian-states

Sierra Leone Energy Revolution Picks Up Pace

Innovative financing proposals and local media support for energy access were the outcomes of two workshops held in Sierra Leone to propel the Energy Revolution. At the events, Power for All brought together stakeholders to drive engagement and collaboration in support of the country’s efforts to help families and businesses gain energy access.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/articles/sierra-leone-energy-revolution-picks-pace

2018: Utilities and the Decentralized Pivot

“The Future of Energy”—also known as “The Energy Transition”—has been contemplated, discussed, and written about ad nauseam by nearly every scholar and consulting firm working in or around the power sector today.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/articles/2018-utilities-and-decentralized-pivot

Insider Insight: Rafiki Power

The International Energy Agency has advised that 45 percent of rural electrification—bringing power to over 480 million people—is best achieved via mini-grids. In a recent Power for All survey, we asked mini-grid providers for their insights on the most important steps policy-makers can take to unlock this potential. In the technology category, standards, clear regulation and fast, low-cost licensing and permitting were all pinpointed as key policy actions

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/audios/insider-insight-rafiki-power

Decentralized Renewables Combatting Climate Change

By 2030, replacing kerosene lamps and diesel generators with off-grid distributed renewables could save nearly a gigaton of CO2e each year—equal to the annual emissions of Germany, the world's 4th largest economy. Share this graphic and join our call for a cleaner, healthier future!

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/images-graphics/decentralized-renewables-beat-climate-change

Key to Closing the Energy Access Gap

To meet Sustainable Development Goal 7—clean, affordable, modern energy for all—by 2030 we need a 'revolution' in progress towards the universal energy access target. This infographic, based on data and analysis by the Overseas Development Institute, is a stark illustration of how far we are off track. But decentralized solutions—such as mini-grids and solar home systems—are key to closing the energy access progress gap, and will ensure that 1+ billion people are not left behind.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/images-graphics/close-energy-access-gap

100 Partners to Share

Reaching Power for All will take the Action of Many. And without those who form our campaign—practitioners, advocates, villagers, officials, funders—we can't succeed. To celebrate everyone who is working to achieve energy access, and to mark reaching our 100 partner milestone, we have created a shareable image. We hope you will use it, and join us in demanding that energy access does not have to wait!

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/images-graphics/100-partners-share

Distributed solar is a jobs creation engine

The decentralized renewable industry in emerging markets like Africa and South Asia still lacks comprehensive and up-to-date numbers on total number of jobs created, but IRENA just put out a new report that hints at the huge untapped potential for employment.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/images-graphics/distributed-solar-jobs-creation-engine

India: Global Leader in Electricity Access

Energy access in India is a $48 billion dollar a year opportunity. The country has the most unelectrified people of any country in the world. It is also the biggest single market for distributed renewable energy (DRE) solutions. Below is an infographic that spotlights the momentum and huge untapped potential for DRE in India.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/images-graphics/india-global-leader-electricty-access

Decentralized Renewables: No Target, No Universal Electricity Access

Over the past year, Power for All and its campaign partners have worked to build a case for two things: 1. that achieving universal energy access before 2030 and 2. that governments must lead on creating a policy and regulatory framework for accelerated DRE deployment

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/images-graphics/decentralized-renewables-needs-target-for-access

Utilize Energy Access Opportunity Cost Assesments

This infographic can be used to help initiate calls-to-action to catalyze an energy access superfund

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/images-graphics/energy-access-opportunity-cost-assesments

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.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/video/video-solar-game-changer-village-healthcare-india

Campaign Update: March 2018

Power For All has kicked-off its next phase of work in support of Ethiopia's ground-breaking National Electrification Plan (NEP), which includes integrated energy planning, result-based approaches and incorporating technologies and business models that will help achieve the NEP’s decentralized renewable energy (DRE) access targets of 7.7 million households (35 percent of total households).

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/campaign-updates/campaign-update-march-2018-power-all

Fact Sheet: Decentralized Renewables: Keeping Families and Communities Healthy

One billion people are served by health clinics lacking electricity, while homes without power turn to dangerous candles or toxic kerosene lamps for lighting. Adopting clean energy technologies reduces the risk of fires and accidents, reduces indoor air pollution and powers life-saving equipment. Health-related development targets will not be met without decentralized renewables.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-sdg7-and-keeping-families-healthy-power-all

Research Summary: Positive Household Benefits of DRE

A new analysis by Acumen, exploring the impact of its distributed renewable energy (DRE) investments in 11 countries, finds that the majority of households served by DRE products are near or below the poverty line, and that such products, on average, show positive impact in all well-being metrics measured. The report finds that decentralized renewables represent an opportunity to leapfrog into clean, reliable, need-based energy services.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/research-summaries/research-summary-positive-household-benefits-dre-power-all

Spotlight: Women Poised to Lead Nigeria’s Clean Energy Revolution

Recognition of energy access impact on women is growing, and nowhere is this shift more evident than in Sub-Saharan African countries. Women are emerging not just as consumers of a new wave of innovative energy access products and services, but also as leading entrepreneurs and leaders shaping the industry.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/articles/spotlight-women-poised-lead-nigerias-clean-energy-revolution-power-all

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.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/video/video-energy-and-health-mini-series-power-all

Solar Jobs in India Changing Lives

Off-grid solar leader Greenlight Planet directly manages 2,000 sales agents in India, with its distributors employing another 10,000. Here is the story of one woman and the impact of solar on her life.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/solar-jobs-india-changing-lives

Kerosene-replacement Workshops Find Broad Support in Nigeria Regions

ABUJA, Nigeria, March 23, 2018—Power for All, a global advocacy campaign for distributed renewable energy (DRE), has concluded two workshops in the North-Central and South-East regions of Nigeria on phasing out inefficient lighting such as kerosene lamps, and enabling a transition to the use of clean, distributed lighting solutions.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/press-releases/news-release-kerosene-replacement-workshops-find-broad-support-nigeria-regions-power-all

Newly Electrified Villages in India Lag in Quality, Reliability

New research looks at hundreds of villages in India’s most energy-poor states, and finds that recent connections to the grid for remote villages are worse than past rural electrification efforts

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/newly-electrified-villages-india-lag-quality-reliability-researchers

How a Solar Company Is Creating Impact by Involving Women in Rural India

To mark International Women’s Day, Simpa Networks launches a new effort to reach more than 36,000 female customers per year, and train more than 5,000 women-village level entrepreneurs to deliver solar electricity

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/how-solar-company-creating-impact-involving-women-rural-india

Campaign Update: February 2018

A partnership between Power Africa, the US Global Development Lab, USAID Nigeria, FHI360 and Power for All launched a decentralized renewable energy (DRE) taskforce in Nigeria to accelerate modern electricity access initiatives. DRE solutions are an important tool for Nigeria to better exploit the full range of its renewable energy resources, especially with delivering energy to remote communities. The partnership was formed under the Scaling Off Grid Energy (SOGE) Grand Challenge for Development, which aims to accelerate growth of DRE solutions and provide 20 million households in sub-Saharan Africa with access to modern, clean and affordable electricity.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/campaign-updates/campaign-updates-february-2018-power-all

Fact Sheet: Decentralized Renewables: Supporting Sanitation and Access to Clean Water

Clean, distributed energy is proving a powerful tool for delivering water for drinking and agriculture, and can also help bring sanitation to the billions living without a toilet. As we approach World Water Day on March 22, take a look at why energy and water access are intimately linked.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-sdg7-and-powering-clean-water-and-sanitation-power-all

In conversation with Damilola Ogunbiyi, Nigeria Rural Electrification Agency – Power for All

Damilola Ogunbiyi, the managing director of the Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency (REA), is responsible for implementing the Nigerian Off Grid Electrification Program and the Nigerian Electrification Project, a $350 million World Bank facility to rapidly increase the deployment of solar mini grids and solar home systems to bring electricity to the country's 80 million people still living without access to power. She is also responsible for the Energizing Education Program, an effort by the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) to provide uninterrupted electricity to students at 37 federal universities and seven university teaching hospitals through off-grid captive power plants.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/interviews/conversation-damilola-ogunbiyi-nigeria-rural-electrification-agency-power-all

Research Summary: Electricity Subsidies Failing Low-Income Households

Subsidies are a common way to support electricity access to poor households. Yet data from the World Bank shows that subsidies are largely failing to help the under-served. In fact, only 10% of electricity subsidies in Sub-Saharan Africa flow to households with the lowest income, while subsidizing residential tariffs accounts for the single largest source of utility deficits.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/research-summaries/research-summary-electricity-subsidies-failing-low-income-households-power-all

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.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/video/video-water-energy-access-series-power-all

Kickoff of DRE Task Force

ABUJA, February 15, 2018—A Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) Taskforce to accelerate modern energy access initiatives was launched today by a coalition of partners.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/press-releases/news-release-kickoff-dre-task-force-power-all

Rural Electricity Consumers in India Prefer Locally-Owned Grids

Arianna Tozzi recently visited Karnataka state to gauge consumer attitudes toward centralized grid extension vs. locally-owned and managed mini-grids. The favored option: mini-grids.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/rural-electricity-consumers-india-prefer-locally-owned-grids-isep-researcher

India Failing to Support Distributed Renewables for Energy Access

IISD’s Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) finds in a new analysis that government support for clean, decentralized energy access solutions is woefully lacking — less then 1% — compared to fossil fuel, centralized options

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/india-failing-support-distributed-renewables-energy-access-report

Campaign Update: 2018 Plans

2018 is a pivotal year, with a high-level global spotlight on SDG7 and universal energy access. Power for All will be redoubling its efforts to advocate on behalf of the DRE sector and catalyze markets, while also going deeper on a few key themes: integrated energy (with a focus on the future role of utilities, including mini-grids), the SDG7 nexus with other development goals, skills and jobs, and knowledge sharing.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/campaign-updates/campaign-updates-2018-plans-power-all

Fact Sheet: Improve Safety for Vulnerable Communities

From the aftermath of hurricanes in Haiti and Puerto Rico, to flooding in India and the communities fleeing conflict in Syria and Myanmar, decentralized renewables are increasingly proving themselves as a powerful way to help vulnerable communities, including the 60 million refugees worldwide, gain access to electricity and related services.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-sdg7-and-vulnerable-communities-power-all

In conversation with Andrew Herscowitz, Power Africa – Power for All

During the recent Global Off-Grid Solar Forum, we sat down with Andrew Herscowitz, Coordinator of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Power Africa, to discuss the future of the initiative’s pioneering market-based effort to scale energy access in Sub-Saharan Africa. Power Africa turns 5 years old in June.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/interviews/conversation-andrew-herscowitz-power-africa-power-all

Research Summary: Sad State of Support for Distributed Energy in India

Power for All partner IISD produces exceptional analysis focused on energy subsidies worldwide through its Global Subsidies Initiative. New data reveals that India’s government is giving short shrift to decentralized renewables when handing out energy subsidies. In fact, less than 1% of all subsidies go to distributed renewables, IISD discovered in a new report, India's Energy Transition: Mapping energy subsidies to fossil fuels and clean energy in India.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/research-summaries/research-summary-sad-state-support-distributed-energy-india-power-all

Spotlight: massive "under-the-grid" opportunity for distributed energy – Power for All

In our ongoing series with GTM Research on energy access, GTMR's Ben Attia and our PEAK research team uncover the untapped opportunity for decentralized solutions to serve "under-the-grid" communities, which total 110 million people, or one in every six African people without electricity access.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/articles/spotlight-massive-under-grid-opportunity-distributed-energy-power-all

Top trends for energy access in 2018

Power for All’s Willie Brent attended the recent GOGLA Global Off-Grid Solar Forum, to hear the latest on the distributed solar revolution. Besides a new report that said the sector has already impacted 360 million lives and would reach $8 billion in revenue by 2022, here are some other takeaways.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/energy-policy/top-trends-energy-access-2018

Can Saubhagya succeed? Prospects of universal electrification in Uttar Pradesh

Johannes Urpelainen, director of the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP), reports from the front lines on India’s ambitious energy access plan and the challenges to implementation on the ground

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/can-saubhagya-succeed-prospects-universal-electrification-uttar-pradesh

Husk Power nets $20 million from Shell, ENGIE, Swedfund to scale mini-grids

The deal is the largest equity investment realized to date by a mini-grid company. India-based Husk will use the funds to expand its business in India and Tanzania to 300 mini-grids, serving over 100,000 customers, according to company CEO Manoj Sinha.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/husk-power-nets-20-million-shell-engie-swedfund-scale-mini-grids

Why active community ownership is key to rural electricity access in India

Arianna Tozzi, an India-based researcher, explains how community involvement can provide a sense of empowerment and lead to long-term sustainability of solar mini-grids

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/why-active-community-ownership-key-rural-electricity-access-india

Off-grid solar financing failing in India

Mohit Anand of TFE Consulting discusses the challenges of accessing capital for decentralized renewable energy in India, and suggests securitization as a path forward

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/grid-solar-financing-failing-india

Distributed solar industry eyes India as next “pay-as-you-go” giant

Many hurdles remain, including low consumer awareness, lack of mobile money and a fragmented telecom industry, but Anna Wells, senior communications adviser at GOGLA, reports that momentum is growing heading into 2018

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/distributed-solar-industry-eyes-india-next-pay-you-go-giant

Growing demand for mini-grids, solar in rural India; kerosene declining

Shalu Agrawal, a researcher at the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP), reports from the front lines of Uttar Pradesh that decentralized renewable energy solutions are gaining popularity in rural communities

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/growing-demand-mini-grids-solar-rural-india-kerosene-declining

What’s the best battery for rural mini-grids?

New testing by the Institute for Transformative Technologies (ITT) finds Lithium-Ion (Li-ion), Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI) and Advanced Lead Acid (ALA) batteries all have strengths, but cost will be king

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/whats-best-battery-rural-mini-grids

Mini-grids can quickly achieve universal access in India, cut emissions: report

New research from REEEP shines light on need for greater public support for private sector mini-grid developers, with 36.5 million people in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh states hanging in the balance

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/mini-grids-can-quickly-achieve-universal-access-india-cut-emissions-report

Stage Set for Women to Lead a Solar-Powered Gender Revolution in Rural India

A growing movement of companies and civil society groups is helping women in rural India become solar entrepreneurs and improve their livelihoods. Now the key is scale.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/stage-set-women-lead-solar-powered-gender-revolution-rural-india

Fact Sheet: Decentralized Renewables: Boosting Agriculture and Improving Nutrition

DRE solutions can aid subsistence and low-income farmers to increase outputs, create savings, and allow for increased income for spending on more nutritious food. 

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-decentralized-renewables-boosting-agriculture-and-improving-nutrition

Top India companies mostly ignore energy access in CSR spend: report

India requires companies to spend 2% of profit on CSR. New research shows just a tiny fraction of that spend going to clean energy, with money often failing to reach the most energy-poor regions

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/top-india-companies-mostly-ignore-energy-access-csr-spend-report

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

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/video/video-rural-small-business-benefiting-reliable-quality-mini-grids

Saubhagya: the challenge in one chart

India has set a target of electrifying all households by Q1 2019. That will require 10x growth in the pace of new connections, says Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/saubhagya-challenge-one-chart

India’s Renewable Energy Push: A Win-Win for Job Creation and Electricity Access

A new report from World Resources Institute (WRI) explores India’s opportunity to be a role model for job creation in developing countries, especially for women, and create lucrative alternatives to subsistence farming through energy access

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/indias-renewable-energy-push-win-win-job-creation-and-electricity-access

Commentary: New India Electrification Target Daunting, but Doable

Debajit Palit of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), a research institute, says a newly announced government scheme is a step in the right direction to electrify all households in India, but only with change management at state-owned distributors

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/commentary-new-india-electrification-target-daunting-doable

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.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/video/video-mini-grids-help-train-women-youth-reliable-power

Why Wait? Seizing the Energy Access Dividend

This research paper explores the concept of an energy access dividend that assigns economic, social and environmental value to the time it takes for households, businesses and communities to obtain the benefits associated with electricity access.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/reports/why-wait-seizing-energy-access-dividend

Crowdfunding tapped as new finance path for rural electrification in India

With access to affordable, long-term finance still a challenge in India for last-mile energy infrastructure, creative solutions are seeing the light of day, including crowdfunding

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/crowdfunding-tapped-new-finance-path-rural-electrification-india

Major India Player Azure Enters Mini-grid Market for Last-mile Electrification

The NYSE-traded company, which has a portfolio of over 1.6 GW in 22 states, unveils M-Power, its new business focused on bringing power to rural households across India, and is the latest major energy company to enter the mini-grid sector

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/press-releases/major-india-player-azure-enters-mini-grid-market-last-mile-electrification

New Energy Access Frontiers Emerging in Oft-Ignored Countries

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is ranked 184 out of 190 on the World Bank’s ease of doing business index and 175 on ease of getting electricity. By comparison, Kenya, a favorite of the donor community when it comes to energy access, ranks 92 and 106 respectively. The World Bank recently credited Kenya $150 million to provide solar to under-served communities.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/africa/new-energy-access-frontiers-emerging-oft-ignored-countries

Solar + Storage: A path to converging clean cooking, electricity access? India thinks so.

The government has launched an innovation challenge that hopes to revolutionize access to electric induction cookstoves by taking advantage of huge cost declines in solar PV. Cheaper batteries are the “x factor”. Health and climate benefits are the prize.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/solar-storage-path-converging-clean-cooking-electricity-access-india-thinks-so

Podcast: the emerging South-South nexus in last-mile electrification #SDG7

Girish Shivakumar, the host of Emerging Tech Radio and policy analyst for Customized Energy Solutions, the company powering the Microgrid Initiative for Campus and Rural Opportunities (MICRO) in India, talks with Power for All’s William Brent.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/audios/podcast-emerging-south-south-nexus-last-mile-electrification-sdg7

India energy future needs to be less ad hoc, more distributed

Arunabha Ghosh, the CEO of leading research institute Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), lays out a vision for how to build an inclusive, resilient, sustainable energy future in India that leaves no one behind

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/india-energy-future-needs-be-less-ad-hoc-more-distributed

New $50 million energy access growth fund announced by Shell Fdn, FMO

Shell Foundation and Dutch development bank FMO have announced a new growth fund for energy access businesses in India and Africa, with the aim of deploying $50 million and being operational in Q1 2018.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/new-50-million-energy-access-growth-fund-announced-shell-fdn-fmo

How India can lead the world in super-efficient appliances

India made efficient LED lightbulbs ubiquitous and cheap in just three years. It has an opportunity to do the same for super-efficient appliances and create a massive new global and domestic market, says innovator Sundar Muruganandhan.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/how-india-can-lead-world-super-efficient-appliances

Data access is critical to achieving electricity access

One of the biggest gaps identified by the decentralized renewable energy (DRE) sector is access to quality data and research. The African Development Bank (AfDB) for instance recently said lack of reliable data is one of the single most critical challenges for private mini-grid investors. Power for All’s Platform for Energy Access Knowledge (PEAK) was created 18 months ago to help bridge that gap both to provide data needed by the sector, and to help make most effective use of the information which already exists. PEAK addresses the gap in information availability and use by supporting the visibility, discoverability and usability of critical knowledge for the sector through research, our interactive knowledge sharing platform communications and advocacy.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/energy-policy/data-access-critical-achieving-electricity-access

Campaign Updates: October 2017

Together with SEforALL, Power for All will launch a new report, "Why Wait? Seizing the Energy Access Dividend" at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn on November. 16. The Energy Access Dividend concept was originally put forward by Power for All in 2016, based on the need to account for the missed opportunities of individuals and nations of not having energy access.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/campaign-updates/campaign-updates-october-2017

Fact Sheet: SDG7 and Poverty Reduction

The body of evidence is growing to show that decentralized renewables play an important role in putting more money into the pockets of poor households and farmers, both by allowing them to switch from fossil fuels and also by creating new business opportunities. One estimate is that $40 billion in savings would result annually from replacing kerosene and candles with solar.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-sdg7-and-poverty-reduction

Research Summary: Energizing Finance

According to a new series of reports from SEforALL, only 1% of international finance goes to decentralized renewable energy, and just 0.1% when it comes to multilateral funders. This is despite the fact that the per-household cost of grid-connected electricity access is about 50-times more expensive than basic distributed solar.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/research-summaries/research-summary-energizing-finance

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.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/video/video-data-and-sdgs

This Remote Region In Rajasthan Could Be India’s Answer To Tackling Energy Poverty

A group of organizations, including SELCO Foundation, Rang De and Kotra Adivasi Sansthan, are teaming up to provide low-cost financing for distributed solar in tribal communities

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/remote-region-rajasthan-could-be-indias-answer-tackling-energy-poverty

India’s Twitterati for electricity access

Power for All has compiled an informal guide of leading voices on Twitter connected to the effort to bring electricity to the 300 million in India without access. The below list is based on frequency and relevancy of posts and number of followers. We’ve included individuals and institutions, both from within and outside India. If you think we missed someone, or have story ideas for the Powering Rural India publication, please comment below. #SDGs #GlobalGoals #SDG7 #India #energyaccess

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/indias-twitterati-electricity-access

India historic success for electricity access, future connections will be decentralized: IEA

India stands out as “one of the largest electrification success stories in history”, accounting for 2 or every 5 people newly electrified since 2000, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/india-historic-success-electricity-access-future-connections-will-be-decentralized-iea

IEA Concludes DRE “Least-Cost Solution” for 75% of SDG7 Connections Needed

An updated analysis of electricity access by the International Energy Agency (IEA) concludes that “decentralised systems, led by solar PV in off-grid and mini-grid systems, will be the least-cost solution for three-quarters of the additional connections needed” to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) by 2030.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/economics/dre-least-cost-solution-75-sdg7-connections-needed-iea

Indian States Energy Access Digest

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) presents updates on key state-level initiatives to improve energy access in India

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/indian-states-energy-access-digest

A glaring omission in India’s energy policy: gender justice

It is high time the government take affirmative steps toward equity for women in the country’s energy future, argue Dr. Mini Govindan and Debajit Palit of TERI

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/glaring-omission-indias-energy-policy-gender-justice

Billions in savings from kerosene subsidy cuts should go to distributed solar: IISD

India is one of the largest consumers of kerosene on an absolute and per capita basis. Because there are no accessible, affordable and established sustainable alternatives, poor rural households — especially in remote rural areas — continue to use kerosene as their primary lighting fuel despite the well-recorded health hazards. But this is changing, according to new policy analysis by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/billions-savings-kerosene-subsidy-cuts-should-go-distributed-solar-iisd

Power For All Partner Oolu​ Completes​ ​Series​ ​A​ ​Fundraising​ ​to​ ​Expand​ ​its​ ​Work​ ​in​ ​West​ ​Africa

Oolu, a Senegal-based Y Combinator start-up and one of the fastest-growing solar companies in Africa, announced the successful completion of a US$3.2 million round of equity investment. This Series A funding follows its seed round in 2015, and will support Oolu’s continued growth as it seeks to address the energy needs of the more than 150 million people who live without access to electricity in West Africa.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/press-releases/power-all-partner-oolu-completes-series-fundraising-expand-its-work-west-africa

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.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/video/video-mini-grids-increase-rice-processing-output-rural-indian-women-100x

Billionaire puts electricity access on front page of top India newspapers

Manoj Bhargava, the Indian-American billionaire, philanthropist and creator of 5-hour Energy, took out front-page ads in all of India’s top national newspapers on Oct. 6, offering “Free Electricity” from distributed renewable energy. Through the Billions in Change initiative, the native of Uttar Pradesh is advertising portable solar lighting as well as phone charging solutions. It also offers a pedal-powered hybrid bicycle, which drives a flywheel system that turns a generator, which charges a battery pack.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/billionaire-puts-electricity-access-front-page-top-india-newspapers

India energy access sector makes headway, also faces headwinds: CLEAN report

A new report launched by industry representative Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN) showed that India’s private sector energy access companies are experiencing growth, and expect to triple their financing needs in the next three years, but need stronger public partnerships to scale more rapidly.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/india-energy-access-sector-makes-headway-also-faces-headwinds-clean-report

Scaling up mini-grids through capital infusion, innovation, and cross-sector collaboration

Government affirmation of off-grid models being a complementary way of viable electricity provision will be critical to unlocking market potential. A quarter of the world’s energy poor live in India. This energy access gap is partially due to the remoteness of some communities, where the national grid may not reach for many years. In some cases, these villages do have central grid infrastructure, but sufficient electricity is not reaching people at the household level. This puts the unelectrified at a distinct disadvantage because energy is a prerequisite for economic development.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/scaling-mini-grids-through-capital-infusion-innovation-and-cross-sector-collaboration

Small hydro target moved up in India

NITI Aayog, the government policy think tank in India, has recommended that the country’s Small Hydro Power (SHP) target of 5 GW by 2022 be advanced to 2019–20, which it says will aid in balancing variable solar energy in decentralized locations.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/small-hydro-target-moved-india

Are mini-grids about to get really boring (and boom)?

Mini-grids have had their fair share of hype in recent years, so a measure of skepticism is warranted, especially when you consider the multiple challenges that have prevented them from scaling: access to affordable capital, uncertain policies, unpredictable consumption patterns, complex community dynamics, currency risk, high transaction costs for investors, etc. In the words of Frank Bergh, vice president at Sigora International: “A start-up utility is still a jumbo shrimp.”

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/energy-policy/are-mini-grids-about-get-really-boring-and-boom

Policy spotlight: Nigeria & India lead on mini-grids

India has roughly 300 million people without access to electricity, and Nigeria about 100 million. Together, the countries account for some 40% of the world’s total unelectrified population, and that percentage is even higher if you just include rural inhabitants. But the countries are proactively working to address the problem, and both have put forward federal mini-grid policies that offer huge potential for scale. The policies define what a mini-grid is, simplify permitting and perhaps most importantly resolve what happens if/when the grid arrives to an area where a mini-grid has been established. The policies are a critical market signal, offering policy certainty that is still needed across much of Sub-Saharan Africa and the rest of South Asia. Our sector stakeholders -- governments, developers, civil society groups, financiers -- have much to learn and emulate. For policy-makers with vision, mini-grids can help achieve the SDGs in a more reliable, clean and affordable manner.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/energy-policy/policy-spotlight-nigeria-india-lead-mini-grids

Campaign Update: September 2017

Find out about recent activities and the upcoming events where Power for All will be profiling decentralized renewables—and get involved!

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/campaign-updates/campaign-updates-september-2017

Finance Focus: Mini-grids Meet their match.com

“New investors are interested in mini-grids, but they look at companies and say ‘They are not ready for us’,” says Katrina Pielli, senior energy advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). “It’s exhausting for investors to go through 16-tab spreadsheets with no two developers presenting things the same way.”

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/economics/finance-focus-mini-grids-meet-their-matchcom

In Conversation with... Sam Slaughter

Sam Slaughter, a founding member of the newly formed Africa Mini-grid Developers Association (AMDA), tells Power for All that it’s time for the mini-grid sector to move past ideation and start executing at scale.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/audios/conversation-africa-mini-grid-developers-association-amda

Research Summary: Powering Productive Use

For many governments and multilateral institutions, electricity access needs to bring socio-economic development opportunities with it to get the attention and support the sector wants. It is imperative for mini-grids to be able to demonstrate "productive use".

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/research-summaries/research-summary-powering-productive-use

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.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/video/video-mini-film-series-mini-grids-productive-use

5 Concrete Steps for India to Achieve Universal Electricity Access

India’s government has set 2022 as the target for providing 24x7 electricity to all of its people, including the roughly 300 million who lack any access to power. A lot of progress has been made, but a program associate at leading Indian policy research institute CEEW has outlined 5 concrete steps that should be taken to assure the ambitious goal is met.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/5-concrete-steps-india-achieve-universal-electricity-access

Power for all, always

Smart technology, involving people in operations could make 24x7 electricity a reality

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/power-all-always

India pledges $2.5 billion to electrify all households by Q1 2019: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a new phase of India’s universal electrification program, saying that state’s would be required to electrify all households by March 31, 2019 and committing 163.2 billion rupees ($2.5 billion) for the program, with 86% of that going to rural electrification.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/india-pledges-25-billion-electrify-all-households-q1-2019-modi

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.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/video/mobile-energy-access-conversation-mats-granryd-and-strive-masiyiwa

How Women Are Bringing Solar Power to Villages in Bihar

Recently, Kumar Deepak, environment officer at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in India, had an opportunity to meet with Amrish Joshi, a block coordinator for Tankuppa, Gaya, in Bihar state for the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project (aka, Jeevika), who has been working on renewable energy installations in the area. The area was previously infamous as a corridor for a Naxal insurgency. Solar mini-grids have been set up and are now operational in two villages.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/how-women-are-bringing-solar-power-villages-bihar

Solar mini-grids deliver clean water to rural India

Distributed solar is about more than just bringing electricity to rural villages. It’s about delivering the services that electricity enable, including clean water. Grassroots and Rural Innovative Development (GRID) and a growing number of private companies are pioneering a new approach in India using renewable energy mini-grids to power reverse osmosis (RO) water purification plants.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/solar-mini-grids-deliver-clean-water-rural-india

Thoughts on quality electricity access in rural Jharkhand

Jharkhand is one of the most diverse states in India with 32 recognized indigenous tribes accounting for more than 26% of the state’s population. The village of Kantasola is inhabited by one such tribe, the Santhals, known for their art, handicrafts, bow and arrow skills and, spot-clean villages and houses.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/thoughts-quality-electricity-access-rural-jharkhand

Backed by Japanese giant, top India mini-grid developer heads to Africa

Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and OMC Power are forming a joint venture (JV) to enter the African market as part of a just announced ¥1 billion ($9.3 million) equity investment by the Japanese conglomerate in the leading private Indian mini-grid developer, according to the companies.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/backed-japanese-giant-top-india-mini-grid-developer-heads-africa

Mini-grids deliver in India floods

In late August, Bihar, one of the poorest states in India, was devastated by flooding that affected millions of people and severely challenged authorities working to support the rural communities hit hardest. With uncertainty about the availability of grid power, renewable energy mini-grids stepped up to ensure adequate back-up power and played a key role in assisting with relief operations.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/mini-grids-deliver-india-floods

New research: rooftop solar can bridge India’s gap in rural health services

The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), one of South Asia’s leading policy research institutions, today issued a new report concluding that distributed solar energy can play a major role in bridging India’s massive gap in delivering rural healthcare services, both as a primary and backup source of power. Currently, 1 in 2 rural Primary Health Centers (PHCs) in India suffer from lack of electricity or irregular power supply, with over 38 million households depending on PHCs that have zero electricity access.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/new-research-rooftop-solar-can-bridge-indias-gap-rural-health-services

Research Summary: Powering Primary Healthcare through Solar in India: Lessons from Chhattisgarh

The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) completed a first-of-its-kind quantitative and qualitative study on the impacts of electricity access via distributed solar on rural healthcare services.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/research-summaries/research-summary-powering-primary-healthcare-through-solar-india-lessons-chhattisgarh

In north-east India, boat clinics go solar for better healthcare delivery

For communities perilously living in flood prone areas, access to basic resources and opportunities is a perpetual challenge. River islands especially lack basic infrastructure and services such as healthcare, education, power, drinking water and sanitation. People risk the weather and flooding rivers, and make long journeys in difficult terrains to get basic health services such as vaccination, mother and child care, medicines, minor operations, etc. Medical emergencies can be particularly harrowing. Same challenges are prevalent across the sundarbans in Bangladesh, coastal areas of Rakhine in Myanmar, the lakes of Cambodia, and many other areas.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/north-east-india-boat-clinics-go-solar-better-healthcare-delivery

In North-East India, Boat Clinics Go Solar for Better Healthcare Delivery

For communities perilously living in flood prone areas, access to basic resources and opportunities is a perpetual challenge. River islands especially lack basic infrastructure and services such as healthcare, education, power, drinking water and sanitation. People risk the weather and flooding rivers, and make long journeys in difficult terrains to get basic health services such as vaccination, mother and child care, medicines, minor operations, etc. Medical emergencies can be particularly harrowing. Same challenges are prevalent across the sundarbans in Bangladesh, coastal areas of Rakhine in Myanmar, the lakes of Cambodia, and many other areas.

https://www.powerforall.org/countries/india/north-east-india-boat-clinics-go-solar-better-healthcare-delivery

Small hydro target moved up in India

NITI Aayog, the government policy think tank in India, has recommended that the country’s Small Hydro Power (SHP) target of 5 GW by 2022 be advanced to 2019–20, which it says will aid in balancing variable solar energy in decentralized locations.

https://www.powerforall.org/countries/india/small-hydro-target-moved-india

With a few tweaks, India can lead rural electrification with real-time data and smarter metrics

India’s Draft National Energy Policy, published by NITI Aayog on June 27, proposes to change the national definition of village electrification. The change would only consider a village fully electrified if all households enjoy adequate hours of power supply on a typical day.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/few-tweaks-india-can-lead-rural-electrification-real-time-data-and-smarter-metrics

With a Few Tweaks, India Can Lead Rural Electrification With Real-Time Data and Smarter Metrics

India’s Draft National Energy Policy, published by NITI Aayog on June 27, proposes to change the national definition of village electrification. The change would only consider a village fully electrified if all households enjoy adequate hours of power supply on a typical day.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/energy-policy/few-tweaks-india-can-lead-rural-electrification-real-time-data-and-smarter-metrics

“Green Fund” needed to unlock finance and achieve India’s clean energy goals

Momentum is building as India moves towards meeting its clean energy targets. Recognizing the tremendous growth potential and opportunity to overhaul India’s energy sector, the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy convened policymakers, investors and key clean energy stakeholders at the World Renewable Energy Technology Congress in New Delhi this week to focus on accelerating the market and achieving India’s goals of installing 175 gigawatts (GW) of renewable power by 2022.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/green-fund-needed-unlock-finance-and-achieve-indias-clean-energy-goals

“Green Fund” needed to unlock finance and achieve India's clean energy goals

Momentum is building as India moves towards meeting its clean energy targets. Recognizing the tremendous growth potential and opportunity to overhaul India’s energy sector, the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy convened policymakers, investors and key clean energy stakeholders at the World Renewable Energy Technology Congress in New Delhi this week to focus on accelerating the market and achieving India’s goals of installing 175 gigawatts (GW) of renewable power by 2022.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/energy-policy/green-fund-needed-unlock-finance-and-achieve-indias-clean-energy-goals

SEforALL launches newly updated 'heat maps': highlighting 20 "high impact" countries facing sustainable energy challenges

Power for All partner SEforAll recently launched an updated interactive addition to their website, called "heat maps". Relying on data from their knowledge partners, the maps graphically highlight countries and regions that are making the most progress, as well as those that are facing the biggest challenges, on major sustainable energy issues.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/energy-policy/seforall-launches-newly-updated-heat-maps-highlighting-20-high-impact-countries-facing-sustainable-energy-challenges

2016–17 Global LEAP Awards for Off-Grid TVs & Fans Announced

Winners and Finalists of the 2016–17 Global LEAP Awards for Outstanding Off-Grid Televisions and Fans were announced today by USAID’s Power Africa Beyond the Grid program. Power for All partner d.light won the medium television category, and our partners BBOXX and Mobisol were finalists in the large television and medium television categories, respectively. Congrats and we’re proud to have you on the Power for All campaign!

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/2016-17-global-leap-awards-grid-tvs-fans-announced

Infographic: India $48 billion annual energy access opportunity

India is the world’s largest single market for providing energy access, with 304 million people or 43 million households officially still unelectrified (depending on the data source). The government has targeted 2022 for 24x7 nationwide electrification.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/images-graphics/infographic-india-48-billion-annual-energy-access-opportunity

24x7 Power is About Access, Not Electrification

India currently reports 99.4% electrification, yet there are 304 million people who still lack access to electricity according to the recent draft of the National Energy Policy (NEP) issued by the government’s policy thinktank NITI Aayog.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/24x7-power-about-auaccessau-not-auelectrificationau

India: Ground zero for scaling electricity access and SDG7

For good reason, sub-Saharan Africa gets much of the attention when it comes to electricity access. It is home to more than 600 million energy poor spread across nearly 50 countries. But it is likely going to be India — by itself home to roughly 300 million unelectrified — where decentralized renewable energy (DRE) achieves the scale needed to deliver Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) — universal access to modern, affordable, reliable and sustainable energy by 2030.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/india-ground-zero-scaling-electricity-access-and-sdg7

India: Ground Zero for Scaling Electricity Access and SDG7

For good reason, sub-Saharan Africa gets much of the attention when it comes to electricity access. It is home to more than 600 million energy poor spread across nearly 50 countries. But it is likely going to be India--by itself home to roughly 300 million unelectrified--where decentralized renewable energy (DRE) achieves the scale needed to deliver Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) - universal access to modern, affordable, reliable and sustainable energy by 2030.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/energy-policy/india-ground-zero-scaling-electricity-access-and-sdg7

Partner perspective: It's about access, not electrification

India currently reports 99.4% electrification, yet there are 304 million people who still lack access to electricity according to the recent draft of the National Energy Policy (NEP) issued by the government’s policy thinktank NITI Aayog.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/energy-policy/partner-perspective-its-about-access-not-electrification

Campaign Update: July-August 2017

Find out about recent activities and the upcoming events where Power for All will be profiling decentralized renewables—and get involved!

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/campaign-updates/campaign-update-july-august-2017

In Conversation with... Harihara Mohapatra

Harihara Mohapatra, COO of The CLEAN Network, spoke with Power for All about the state of the sector in India, and what’s needed to scale decentralized renewable energy.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/audios/conversation-harihara-mohapatra-clean-network

Research Summary: Climate Finance MIA for DRE

The International Energy Agency (IEA) says $19.6 billion needs to be invested each year in distributed solutions (mini-grid and off-grid systems) to achieve universal electricity access by 2030. Yet currently just 0.2% of climate finance goes to such solutions, and low-income countries (i.e. the ones who suffer most from energy poverty and climate change) get just 5% of total clean energy finance.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/research-summaries/research-summary-climate-finance-mia-dre

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:

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/video/video-india-energy-access-mini-film-series

Solar Sister Joins Power for All Campaign

Solar Sister, the world’s first women-led social enterprise eradicating energy poverty at scale by investing in women as clean energy entrepreneurs and leaders, has joined the Power for All campaign.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/press-releases/news-release-solar-sister-joins-power-all-campaign

Sector Reform + Distributed Technology = 24x7 Power

A key lesson from the past decade of electrification in India and the surge of decentralized energy technologies is that grid extension and decentralized solutions are complementary. Although distributed power may be a viable alternative to grid extension in sparsely populated countries with limited electric grid infrastructure, in India the problems with the electric grid have more to do with governance than with geography. Therefore, the best way forward is to combine power sector reform and distributed power generation under an integrated policy framework.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/sector-reform-distributed-technology-24x7-power

Sector Reform + Distributed Technology = 24x7 Power

A key lesson from the past decade of electrification in India and the surge of decentralized energy technologies is that grid extension and decentralized solutions are complementary. Although distributed power may be a viable alternative to grid extension in sparsely populated countries with limited electric grid infrastructure, in India the problems with the electric grid have more to do with governance than with geography. Therefore, the best way forward is to combine power sector reform and distributed power generation under an integrated policy framework.

https://www.powerforall.org/countries/india/sector-reform-distributed-technology-24x7-power

ENGIE ups stake in India last-mile market

Rassembleurs d’Energies, a sustainable energy investment and technical assistance arm of giant France-based utility ENGIE, announced its participation in a new $2.5 million round of investment in Mera Gao Power (MGP), an Indian micro-grid developer.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/engie-ups-stake-india-last-mile-market-1

ENGIE Ups Stake in India Last-Mile Market

Rassembleurs d’Energies, a sustainable energy investment and technical assistance arm of giant France-based utility ENGIE, announced its participation in a new $2.5 million round of investment in Mera Gao Power(MGP), an Indian micro-grid developer.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/engie-ups-stake-india-last-mile-market

New national energy policy redefines rural “electrification”, sees states taking lead

India has put forward a sweeping roadmap for its energy future, including the role it foresees for distributed renewables as it moves to create universal electricity access by 2022, and an energy revolution by 2040, by which time India’s population will be about 1.6 billion, with electricity demand expected to increase 4.5 fold from 2012 levels.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/new-national-energy-policy-redefines-rural-electrification-sees-states-taking-lead

New National Energy Policy Redefines Rural “Electrification”, Sees States Taking Lead

India has put forward a sweeping roadmap for its energy future, including the role it foresees for distributed renewables as it moves to create universal electricity access by 2022, and an energy revolution by 2040, by which time India’s population will be about 1.6 billion, with electricity demand expected to increase 4.5 fold from 2012 levels.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/energy-policy/new-national-energy-policy-redefines-rural-electrification-sees-states-taking-lead

Waste biomass power set to surge in India

Solar energy has received most of the attention in India’s ongoing energy transition. But the country’s draft National Energy Policy (NEP) has called for putting greater resources behind projects that convert waste agricultural biomass into electricity.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/waste-biomass-power-set-surge-india

Waste Biomass Power Set to Surge in India

Solar energy has received most of the attention in India’s ongoing energy transition. But the country’s draft National Energy Policy (NEP) has called for putting greater resources behind projects that convert waste agricultural biomass into electricity.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/dre-technologies/waste-biomass-power-set-surge-india

Roti and a Renewable Recipe for Better Livelihoods in Rural India

Clear linkages exist between distributed energy, energy efficiency and sustainable livelihoods. However, a holistic solution needs to go beyond the confines of technology, and integrate aspects of capacity building, appropriate financing and market intelligence. Take the case of roti.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/roti-and-renewable-recipe-better-livelihoods-rural-india

Roti and a Renewable Recipe for Better Livelihoods in Rural India

Clear linkages exist between distributed energy, energy efficiency and sustainable livelihoods. However, a holistic solution needs to go beyond the confines of technology, and integrate aspects of capacity building, appropriate financing and market intelligence. Take the case of roti.

https://www.powerforall.org/countries/india/roti-and-renewable-recipe-better-livelihoods-rural-india

New Report: Progress on 24x7 Power for All

India’s government has made transparency a centerpiece of its rural electrification campaign, called Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY). A new update summarizing the status of India’s overall energy reform program (called 24x7 Power for All, or Ujwal Bharat) was recently issued, reporting that 73% of villages have been electrified under DDUGJY as of May 19, 2017.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/new-report-progress-24x7-power-all

New Report: Progress on 24x7 Power for All

India’s government has made transparency a centerpiece of its rural electrification campaign, called Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY). A new update summarizing the status of India’s overall energy reform program (called 24x7 Power for All, or Ujwal Bharat) was recently issued, reporting that 73% of villages have been electrified under DDUGJY as of May 19, 2017.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/new-report-progress-24x7-power-all-1

Uttar Pradesh: Opportunity to Scale Energy-as-a-Service Models for Rural Electrification

With a population of 200 million, Uttar Pradesh (UP) is India’s largest state. It is also the state with the largest number of unelectrified people. In the 2011 Census of India, only one in four rural households used electricity as their primary source of lighting, and the 2014–2015 ACCESS survey of energy poverty in rural India revealed that the typical grid-connected household only received nine hours of power supply on an average day.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/uttar-pradesh-opportunity-scale-energy-service

Uttar Pradesh: Opportunity to Scale Energy-as-a-Service Models for Rural Electrification

With a population of 200 million, Uttar Pradesh (UP) is India’s largest state. It is also the state with the largest number of unelectrified people. In the 2011 Census of India, only one in four rural households used electricity as their primary source of lighting, and the 2014–2015 ACCESS survey of energy poverty in rural India revealed that the typical grid-connected household only received nine hours of power supply on an average day.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/energy-policy/uttar-pradesh-opportunity-scale-energy-service-models-rural-electrification

Virtually battery-free, 100% renewable, remotely-managed rural utility is coming

Husk Power Systems, an early pioneer in developing micro-grids for poor, rural communities in India and sub-Saharan Africa, plans a 7-fold increase in its power plants to 600 within 5 years, expanding into a fully-fledged rural utility that delivers reliable 24/7 grid-compatible power and better customer service than incumbent utilities.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/virtually-battery-free-100-renewable

Virtually Battery-Free, 100% Renewable, Remotely-Managed Rural Utility Is Coming

Husk Power Systems, an early pioneer in developing micro-grids for poor, rural communities in India and sub-Saharan Africa, plans a 7-fold increase in its power plants to 600 within 5 years, expanding into a fully-fledged rural utility that delivers reliable 24/7 grid-compatible power and better customer service than incumbent utilities.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/dre-technologies/virtually-battery-free-100-renewable-remotely-managed-rural-utility-coming

100,000 Reasons Not to Forget the Urban-Rural Connection in SDG7

Most international focus on electricity poverty is understandably on remote, rural communities, where 900 million people live without power. But as Pollinate Energy just proved in India, cities also face similar challenges. Pollinate, which distributes solar and other life-changing products to vulnerable urban migrants, just announced surpassing its 100,000 customer.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/100000-reasons-not-forget-urban-rural-connection-sdg7

100,000 reasons not to forget the urban-rural connection in SDG7

Most international focus on electricity poverty is understandably on remote, rural communities, where 900 million people live without power. But as Pollinate Energy just proved in India, cities also face similar challenges. Pollinate, which distributes solar and other life-changing products to vulnerable urban migrants, just announced surpassing its 100,000 customer.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/energy-policy/100000-reasons-not-forget-urban-rural-connection-sdg7

5 Untapped Apps of Solar Irrigation

The benefits of solar pumps are not restricted to irrigation, in India and globally. Besides reducing pollution and emissions by replacing diesel generators, they can deliver many other applications, which is critical in India, a country where agriculture accounts for 15% of GDP and more than 50% of the population is dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/5-untapped-apps-solar-irrigation

5 Untapped Apps of Solar Irrigation

The benefits of solar pumps are not restricted to irrigation, in India and globally. Besides reducing pollution and emissions by replacing diesel generators, they can deliver many other applications, which is critical in India, a country where agriculture accounts for 15% of GDP and more than 50% of the population is dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/dre-technologies/5-untapped-apps-solar-irrigation

Indian enterprises are banking on solar loans for sustainable energy access to tribal hamlets

Access to credit is an important pre-requisite for facilitating access to energy. Owing to marginal and unpredictable incomes, rural and tribal families cannot afford to pay up-front the cost of basic systems. Over the years, solar products, heavily subsidized by multiple donors, have been installed in villages without adequate servicing and maintenance. The consequences have been disastrous as many of the villages have turned into junkyards of dysfunctional systems.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/indian-enterprises-are-banking-solar-loans-sustainable-energy-access-tribal-hamlets

Indian enterprises are banking on solar loans for sustainable energy access to tribal hamlets

Access to credit is an important pre-requisite for facilitating access to energy. Owing to marginal and unpredictable incomes, rural and tribal families cannot afford to pay up-front the cost of basic systems. Over the years, solar products, heavily subsidized by multiple donors, have been installed in villages without adequate servicing and maintenance. The consequences have been disastrous as many of the villages have turned into junkyards of dysfunctional systems.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/energy-policy/indian-enterprises-are-banking-solar-loans-sustainable-energy-access-tribal-hamlets

Distributed Renewables = Jobs and Business

India is a leader in the global surge in renewable energy jobs. According to IRENA’s recent 2017 report, India currently represents 385,000 jobs, making it the 4th largest national jobs market behind China, the United States and Brazil. Meanwhile, new CEEW and NRDC research projects India will create 1 million jobs by 2022 if the government hits its target of 175 GW of renewable energy. Within this greater context, delivering power to India’s 269.8 million unnelectrified rural poor offers it’s own distinct opportunity.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/images-graphics/distributed-renewables-jobs-and-business

Scaling rural electrification via bank capacity building

The biggest frustration voiced by enterprises looking to deliver last-mile electricity connections to the rural poor is lack of finance. To solve this major roadblock to scale, SELCO Foundation has developed an innovative program that has nothing to do with money. It focuses instead on people and process. Sound boring? Not at all, and it may be a key to fully unlocking the distributed energy transition sweeping the world.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/scaling-rural-electrification-bank-capacity-building

The Human Capital Investment: SDG7 and the Renewable Energy Generation

Solving energy poverty is not a technology issue. With affordable new services, performance improvements, and the ability to pay-as-you-go on mobile money platforms, decentralized renewable energy (DRE) can enable the delivery of basic Tier 1 and Tier 2 energy access.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/energy-policy/human-capital-investment-sdg7-and-renewable-energy-generation

Campaign Update: June 2017

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

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/campaign-updates/campaign-update-june-2017

SELCO: Scaling rural electrification via bank capacity building

The biggest frustration voiced by enterprises looking to deliver last-mile electricity connections to the rural poor is lack of finance. To solve this major roadblock to scale, SELCO Foundation has developed an innovative program that has nothing to do with money. It focuses instead on people and process. Sound boring? Not at all, and it may be a key to fully unlocking the distributed energy transition sweeping the world.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/energy-policy/selco-scaling-rural-electrification-bank-capacity-building

Fact Sheet: Decentralized Renewables: Empowering Women As Sustainable Energy Leaders

Energy poverty is not gender-neutral: women bear the heaviest burden. Distributed renewable energy can not only empower women economically and socially as end users, but the sector itself can hugely benefit by integrating women across the value chain as designers, educators, trainers, managers, and entrepreneurs.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-wonder-women

In Conversation with... Jane Ebinger

Jane Ebinger, SEforALL’s director of policy, had a wide-ranging conversation with Power for All, highlighting gender equality, women’s empowerment, the critical need for supporting human capacity more broadly in order to achieve SDG7, and much more.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/audios/conversation-jane-ebinger-seforall

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.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/video/video-1-million-technicians-2025

How distributed solar can save India $10 billion, eliminate 5% of emissions, increase farmer incomes

An innovative project in India to aggregate power generated from microgrid-powered solar irrigation into farmer-owned electricity cooperatives is showing impressive results, with the potential to save India’s government $10 billion in farm power subsidies, conserve scarce groundwater and eliminate 5% of India’s total GHG emissions.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/how-distributed-solar-can-save-india-10-billion-eliminate-5-emissions-increase-farmer-incomes

Bihar calls on investors to help decarbonize

Bihar’s Energy Minister, Shri Bijendra Prasad Yadav called on investors to come to Bihar state, one of India’s most electricity poor, to help achieve bold new renewable energy targets and decarbonize the economy.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/bihar-calls-investors-help-decarbonize

Utilities partner with micro-grids in India to provide rural power access, save money

In an attempt to address electricity poverty in India and make uninterrupted power accessible to all, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, in conjunction with several utilities, has pioneered work on solar-powered direct-current (DC) micro-grids that have reduced system costs by about 50%. The project has so far connected around 9,000 homes in 11 states.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/utilities-partner-micro-grids-india-provide-rural-power-access-save-money

Multi-Billion Dollar Africa-India Partnership Aims to Eradicate Electricity Poverty

As this CNBC Africa interview with Power for All shows, the pieces are falling into place for an important collaboration between India and Africa to end energy poverty. The stakes are high, as sub-Saharan Africa and India account for over 80 percent of the world’s 1.1 billion unelectrified.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/multi-billion-dollar-africa-india-partnership-aims-eradicate-electricity-poverty

“Utility in a Box” — a mini-grid solution for scaling last-mile connectivity

Prototypes of an integrated, standardized “Utility in a Box” (UiB) are being deployed in rural India starting this month, with the goal of significantly reducing the cost of mini-grid systems and contributing more significantly to India’s goal of national electrification by 2019.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/utility-box-mini-grid-solution-scaling-last-mile-connectivity

India sees launch of 1st solar TV service

Simpa Networks, a leader in providing affordable solar power to households and businesses in rural India, today announced the launch of Magic TV, the country’s first solar-powered Pay-as-you-Go (PAYG) satellite TV solution.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/india-sees-launch-1st-solar-tv-service

Indian women scaling distributed power to 100,000s of rural households

Jaipur-based Frontier Markets is pursuing a energy revolution in rural India through the power of women. The start-up is expecting to more than double to 500,000 the number of households it reaches with distributed renewable power solutions this year.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/indian-women-scaling-distributed-power-100000s-rural-households

It’s time for a grid, mini-grid marriage in India

India is pursuing national electrification at a breakneck pace, but in order for last-mile connectivity to become a reality for all Indians, better coordination is needed between grid operators and private mini-grid ESCOs, according to a new report.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/its-time-grid-mini-grid-marriage-india

How distributed solar power is improving healthcare delivery in rural India

Over 28,000 Primary Health Centers (PHCs) serve as the backbone of public healthcare in rural India. Yet access to quality care is still a serious issue, since PHCs are often too under-staffed, under-financed, under-equipped, or under-serviced to be able to provide round-the-clock care.

https://www.powerforall.org/countries/india/how-distributed-solar-power-improving-healthcare-delivery-rural-india

Is cold storage the next ‘killer app’ for green mini-grids?

Many of India’s leading mini-grid developers launched their businesses by powering remote telco towers close to communities lacking reliable electricity. While this model has provided guaranteed off-take and revenue, the search is now on for additional (and more productive) anchor loads as the mini-grid market evolves and innovates.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/cold-storage-next-killer-app-green-mini-grids

Is cold storage the next green mini-grid "anchor tenant"?

Many of India's leading mini-grid developers launched their businesses by powering remote telco towers close to communities lacking reliable electricity. While this model has provided guaranteed off-take and revenue, the search is now on for additional (and more productive) anchor loads as the mini-grid market evolves and innovates.

https://www.powerforall.org/countries/india/cold-storage-next-green-mini-grid-anchor-tenant

Bihar sets growth target for solar, mini-grid

Bihar state, one of India’s most electricity poor, announced a new five-year renewable energy policy that targets 3 GW of solar capacity, including 1 GW of rooftop solar and 100 MW of green mini-grids.

https://www.powerforall.org/countries/india/bihar-sets-growth-target-solar-mini-grid

Goyal “most important individual for the future of energy”

A very interesting blurb from “Energy Source”, the weekly newsletter from Financial Times US Industry and Energy Editor Ed Crooks, in which he suggests that MNRE minister Piyush Goyal is playing a central role in the global clean energy transition.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/goyal-most-important-individual-future-energy

India’s Power Surge: A Paradox of Plenty?

India’s state power ministers convened in Delhi recently for an unusual group meeting. The event had a dual purpose: partly to celebrate how far India has come in rebuilding its power sector, and partly to lay out a roadmap for confronting the challenges that remain. My recent journey through 11 of India’s 29 states, speaking with senior power officials, confirms that India has made incredible progress in tackling its power generation deficit. Increased generation capacity through new additions of renewables and greater efficiency and reliability of coal stocks for thermal power plants is coupling with the success of India’s incredible demand-side measures to create a perfect storm of plentiful power. However, the next set of problems for its power sector are in some ways more difficult to confront. To address those problems, India will have to employ a diverse and creative set of solutions.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/indias-power-surge-paradox-plenty

“25x25”: A Collaborative Vision to Scale Access

It’s been two years since Power for All launched at the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) forum on May 21, 2015. Since then, the campaign’s greatest successes—from elevating messages on the decentralized renewable energy (DRE) sector with nearly 1 billion media impressions or securing ecosystem-wide commitments from government, private sector and civil society to grow DRE in energy-poor countries—have been possible by working with and through our nearly 200 partners around the world.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/campaign-updates/25x25-collaborative-vision-scale-access

Campaign Update: May 2017

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

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/campaign-updates/campaign-update-may-2017

Power for All Perspective: Electricity access status report

Two new reports from the World Bank - the Global Tracking Framework 2017 and the Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy (RISE) - give a snapshot of where we stand in the fight against electricity poverty. The verdict: we've got a lot of work to do, and not a lot of time to do it in. So instead of having to read a combined 500 pages, our PEAK research team pulled together a 2-page summary, with a dash of perspective. The clock is ticking, so get reading.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/fact-sheets/power-all-perspective-electricity-access-status-report

In Conversation with... Dr. Youba Sokona

Dr. Sokona is a leader in energy, environment and sustainable development in Africa. Until recently, he oversaw the African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), a pledged $10 billion initiative to unlock Africa’s renewable energy potential to deliver 300 GW by 2030.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/audios/conversation-dr-youba-sokona

Recipe for Success: Sierra Leone

Exactly one year ago, the government of Sierra Leone embarked on a vision to achieve power for all, signing the first Energy Africa compact with the UK government. This resulted in the launch of the Sierra Leone Energy Revolution, a bold initiative to accelerate access to 250,000 homes by end of 2017 and provide universal electricity access by 2025.

https://www.powerforall.org/campaigns/sierra-leone/recipe-success-sierra-leone

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.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/video/video-leaving-no-country-behind

Scaling Solar Irrigation in India (and Africa)

India’s market for solar pumps for irrigation and drinking water was virtually non-existent in 2011, when Claro Energy was founded. But recent attention from federal and state governments, including subsidies, has created a $700 million annual market that is set to expand rapidly.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/scaling-solar-irrigation-india-and-africa

Claro Energy: scaling solar irrigation in India (and Africa)

India's market for solar pumps for irrigation and drinking water was virtually non-existent in 2011, when Claro Energy was founded. But recent attention from federal and state governments, including subsidies, has created a $700 million annual market that is set to expand rapidly.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/energy-policy/claro-energy-scaling-solar-irrigation-india-and-africa

5 Ideas to Consider to Make Universal Energy Access a Reality

Our global goal of extending access to modern energy services to all people by 2030 will remain a distant reality unless there is a fundamental shift in how we implement plans to expand access.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/events/5-ideas-consider-make-universal-energy-access-reality

Simpa Networks and its “Solar On Every Indian Rooftop” Vision

At the end of the day, residential rooftop solar is a finance business. Whatever the business model - leasing, paygo, micro-finance - it's all about managing money, while on the investment side, it might be bundling small projects and securitizing them. So it's not surprising that the new CEO of Indian market leader Simpa Networks is a former CFO and banker - Piyush Mathur.

https://www.powerforall.org/countries/india/simpa-networks-and-its-solar-every-indian-rooftop-vision

A joint Call to Action in Zimbabwe

In a joint ‘Call to Action’, the Government of Zimbabwe, Private Sector and Civil Society Make Bold Commitments to Build the Distributed Renewable Energy Market and Accelerate Progress towards Universal Energy Access

https://www.powerforall.org/campaigns/zimbabwe/joint-call-action-zimbabwe

Power for All Report Pinpoints Policies to Accelerate Energy Access for 1 Billion Rural Poor

April 4, 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 (mostly living in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia), and outlines the steps governments can take to implement those policies, in particular the integration of decentralized renewable (also known as distributed or “off-grid”) solutions into energy infrastructure planning and build-out.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/press-releases/news-release-power-all-report-pinpoints-policies-accelerate-energy-access-1-billion-rural-poor

Act Now

To change the energy access trajectory we need to reach a huge audience: everyone from politicians to professors, energy users to investment bankers, local women's’ groups to tribal leaders. Help us spread the message and get this report in front of as many people as possible. While the traditional utilities have the cash, institutional reach and political influence, we have people power.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/images-graphics/act-now

Campaign Update: April 2017

New York, 3-5 April, Sustainable Energy for All Forum Power for All's advocacy and communications team joined the forum to launch our latest Call to Action, meet with partners and to hear the latest developments in energy access.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/campaign-updates/campaign-update-april-2017

Fact Sheet: Tracking Energy Access Targets

Over 1.2 billion people worldwide live in energy poverty, yet many governments are missing key opportunities to use targets and policies to catalyze rural electrification and rapidly increase access to decentralized renewable energy solutions.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-tracking-energy-access-targets

Catalyzing National Action

Our Call to Action has been executed at the national level in Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and Nigeria through bringing together stakeholders to make commitments to accelerate distributed renewable energy (DRE). Here are some highlights from the launch events:

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/events/catalyzing-national-action

Infographics

The policy environment for decentralized renewable energy plays a huge role in how fast electrification can proceed. This graph shows how many low energy access countries have enabling policies in place, and makes clear the logic behind our call for action.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/images-graphics/infographics

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.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/video/video-message-policy-makers

Sierra Leone Makes Bold Commitments to Universal Energy Access

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, March 22, 2017—The Sierra Leone Government, civil society and private sector joined forces today in a Call to Action on energy access. At the event, attended by the Energy Minister and leading civil society and private sector representatives, each group made powerful commitments to undertake activities that will accelerate the growth of the decentralized renewable energy (DRE) market—vital for reaching 6 million people living in energy poverty.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/press-releases/new-release-sierra-leone-makes-bold-commitments-universal-energy-access

Nigeria Launches Call to Action for DRE

The Government of Nigeria, civil society and private sector joined forces last week in a Call to Action on energy access. At the event, attended by Federal Ministry of Power Permanent Secretary, Engineer Louis Edozien, a range of companies, civil society organizations and the rural electrification agency made powerful commitments to undertake activities that will accelerate the growth of the distributed renewable energy (DRE) market—vital for reaching Nigeria’s unelectrified population, which has grown from 44 million to 75 million since 1990 (SE4ALL, 2015).

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/press-releases/news-release-nigeria-launches-call-action-dre

Nigeria Call to Action

Nigeria has one of the greatest energy access challenges in the world, with an unelectrified population of 75 million people (SE4ALL, 2015). Decades of policy focused on grid expansion have not only failed to deliver improvements in energy access; they have failed to keep up with population growth. The unelectrified population has grown from 44 million in 1990 to 75 million in 2015—an increase of 70%. The cost of the energy access deficit is huge, and is borne by households, businesses and the government.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/calls-to-action/nigeria-call-action

Decentralized Renewables: From Promise to Progress

Despite the U.N.’s goal of ensuring access to affordable clean energy for all people by 2030, default approaches—primarily extending conventional electricity grids—are not meeting the needs of the one billion-plus energy impoverished, who largely live in rural areas.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/reports/decentralized-renewables-promise-progress

Designing Energy Markets of the Future

A Power for All survey of leading decentralized renewable energy (DRE) companies has revealed the practitioner's view of priority policies for market growth. Designed to complement a wider study on national policy and energy access—to be released on March 22—the survey captures insights from 23 DRE companies which, combined, provide pico-PV, solar home system (SHS) or mini-grid services to over 2.7 million households. Asked to rank the importance of policy instruments—national energy policy, financial policy and regulation, and technical regulation—in supporting their local business operations, the results provide front line insight into the policy actions needed to scale DRE and boost energy access. Check out the findings below, and stay tuned for the full report.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/energy-policy/designing-energy-markets-future

Sierra Leone Call to Action

Power for All worked with REASL to develop Sierra Leone’s first-ever recommendations from a renewable energy industry association, following a series of workshops focused on developing REASL’s governance structure, strategy and plans.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/calls-to-action/sierra-leone-call-action

Bangladesh: scaling energy access and an IDCOL 2.0 vision for 100% RE

For two decades, Bangladesh has been the testing ground for using distributed solar to achieve energy access at scale. The main vehicle for this remarkable experiment has been the unremarkable-sounding Infrastructure Development Company Ltd. (IDCOL), which—in 2004—started to finance a Bangladesh solar home system (SHS) program using the innovative financial and technology packages I designed and implemented as the Founding Managing Director of Grameen Shakti in 1996. Today, this public-private partnership, backed initially by the World Bank and involving more than 60 NGOs and social enterprises, is anything but ordinary, having lifted up an entire generation.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/asia/bangladesh-scaling-energy-access-and-idcol-20-vision-100-re

India: National Access Target Good; National DRE Better; State DRE Best

India grabbed headlines in April 2015 when the Modi government pledged to achieve universal energy access, aka Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), in four years. It was and remains a world-leading commitment, and coupled with a 175 GW target for new clean power generation by 2022 (including 40 GW of grid-tied rooftop solar), it triggered a wave of new investment and market growth.

https://www.powerforall.org/countries/india/india-national-access-target-good-national-dre-better-state-dre-best

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.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/video/video-africa-energy-indaba

In Conversation with... Johanna Diecker

Exemptions from tariffs and taxes support young industries, attract companies to new markets, and enable them to reduce the cost of products for consumers—helping millions to access goods and services for the first time. In the energy world, exemptions from tariffs and VAT on decentralized renewable energy (DRE) products, are enabling companies to bridge the affordability barrier.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/audios/conversation-johanna-diecker

Campaign Update: March 2017

Find out about recent activities and the up-coming events where Power for All is profiling decentralized renewable energy (DRE)—and get involved!

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/campaign-updates/march-campaign-activities

New energy boss targets access, Africa as World Bank priorities

Riccardo Puliti, the newly appointed head of energy and extractives at the World Bank in charge of investing $8 billion a year, says that Africa and India will be the bank’s main focus, and he will pursue an all-of-the-above approach, with a major focus on natural gas and renewables, while coal will remain off limits.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/energy-policy/new-energy-boss-targets-access-africa-world-bank-priorities

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.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/video/awareness-action-video-visuals

Campaigning: 5 Levers for Change

Simple information-sharing—about technologies, business models and proven approaches to building the market—can lead to profound shifts in thinking and practice. Power for All’s Director of National Programs, Charlie Miller, has overseen the launch of national campaigns in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe in the past 12 months. In this article, he shares five examples of how awareness-raising has accelerated decentralized renewable energy (DRE) market growth by creating behavior change.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/energy-policy/campaigning-5-levers-change

Change Minds, Activate Markets

In a recent Power for All survey of leading decentralized renewable energy (DRE) companies (stay tuned for full results in March), marketing campaigns were pinpointed as “crucial for raising awareness about the benefits” of DRE—with the majority of respondents ranking them first in importance for effective market building programs. In line with both research on reaching base-of-the-pyramid consumers, and the clear upward trajectory of energy access following consumer awareness campaigns, the survey results inspired us to look more closely at the question: What makes a successful DRE awareness campaign? Luckily, there are some impressive examples.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/dre-technologies/change-minds-activate-markets

Images: Get Sharing!

Making the switch from a familiar energy source to a new solution is a significant commitment, so peer to peer endorsement and over-the-odds benefits are key. Thankfully, for solar lights and solar home systems, big benefits have led to big recommendation.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/images-graphics/images-get-sharing

Notes from the Frontline: Devergy

This week, Power for All partner Devergy shared an honest, tell-all look at the difficulties they faced when raising awareness of their solar micro-grid technology in rural communities, and the hard work they put in to creating solutions. Read their first-hand account of the challenges they countered attracting new customers, and how they have turned challenges into opportunity.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/africa/notes-frontline-devergy

The best energy access video ever?

Judge for yourself. Watch and learn about the inspirational work by Global Himalayan Expedition in the remotest parts of India

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/best-energy-access-video-ever

Campaign Update: February 2017

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

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/campaign-updates/february-campaign-activities

Women & Power: Female Entrepreneurs Join Nigeria’s Energy Revolution

“If I have 24 women as entrepreneurs using solar technology, I can earn double my earnings and double my business… I am considering becoming a distributor”, advised one of the attendees of last week’s “Economic Empowerment of Women through Decentralized Renewable Energy” workshop held in Abuja.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/events/women-power-female-entrepreneurs-join-nigerias-energy-revolution

Deutsche Bank joins Power for All campaign

Deutsche Bank AG, which recently received Green Climate Fund (GCF) financial support to launch a $3.5 billion debt fund for decentralized renewable energy, has joined the Power for All campaign.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/press-releases/news-release-deutsche-bank-joins-power-all-campaign

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.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/video/caterpillar-interview-micro-grid-challenges-and-opportunities

Extending the Horizon: Access to Finance and Kenya’s DRE Market

Our Director of Research, Dr. Rebekah Shirley, took a post-conference opportunity to explore the catalysts of growth in the Kenyan decentralized solar market. In this article, she shares key insights and reflections from KEREA, Steama.co, Azuri and Tropical Power.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/economics/extending-horizon-access-finance-and-kenyas-dre-market

Frontier Markets: Islands, Eagles, States

The buzz around decentralized renewable energy has so far mostly been in East Africa and South Asia, i.e. high-flying Kenya and massive India and Bangladesh. 2017 will see growth of decentralized energy into new frontiers. And thanks to Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), we now have a clearer picture of where the biggest opportunities for renewable energy to close the access gap are. The SEforAll “Heat Maps” identify the countries where the electricity deficit is highest, as well as the countries of high-impact for renewables penetration. If you overlay those, factor in which national governments are embracing decentralized renewables, then account for countries where finance and businesses are ready to scale, we have a pretty solid idea of what’s coming in terms of potential “new wins” for the sector in 2017, including:

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/articles/frontier-markets-islands-eagles-states

Will 2017 Break the Billion $ Barrier?

The end of 2016 has seen a volley of investments in decentralized renewable energy (DRE) companies that will see the year out with a bang for the decentralized renewables sector, including $90 million investment into Lumos Global, a joint venture between Off Grid Electric and EDF, a $20 million investment in Fluidic, and an E14.6 million investment in Mobisol, following Investec Asset Management buying a stake in the company in October. It also saw the launch of two innovative—and potentially—game changing initiatives, a $100 million open fund for solar and storage, and the One for All campaign—an independent, global campaign to mobilize new investors to focus 1 percent of their assets on solutions to energy poverty.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/audios/will-2017-break-billion-barrier

2017: Ones to Watch

No influencer is an island. It takes leadership across a sector to create a movement for change. Given the wealth of stakeholders who play key roles in the decentralized renewables sector, this list is by no way exhaustive, but it highlights a few of the individuals and organizations that will help to shape 2017

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/articles/2017-ones-watch

Solar Road Show Brings the Energy Revolution to People Across Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, December 21, 2016—A series of solar fairs and activities were held across the country last week, and will continue in 2017. The “Solar Road Show” was held to raise awareness of the power of decentralized solar energy as part of the Sierra Leone Energy Revolution.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/press-releases/news-release-solar-road-show-brings-energy-revolution-people-across-sierra-leone

New Deal Underway: AfDB launches $500 million Facility for Energy Inclusion

Great news out of Abidjan: the Board of the African Development Bank (AfDB) just approved a $100 million financing package to seed the Facility for Energy Inclusion (FEI), a $500 million pan-African renewable energy access debt fund. This investment approval is the first big step by the AfDB to deliver on its New Deal for Energy in Africa commitments for energy access through decentralized renewables.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/news-and-announcements/new-deal-underway-afdb-launches-500-million-facility-energy-inclusion

4 E's: Here Come the Utilities

Long filed under “corporate social responsibility” (CSR), 2017 will mark the year when decentralized renewable energy (DRE) attains legitimacy among the world’s leading utilities as a strategic, core business opportunity.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/dre-technologies/4-es-here-come-utilities

Beyond Lighting: New Year, New Breakthroughs

“The interest we’re seeing in this round of the Global LEAP Awards, particularly in the innovation prize for off-grid refrigerators, is amazing.” A conversation with Matt Jordan, Director at CLASP, an NGO that leads several programs in support of the Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP), is like lifting the lid on a whole new world of possibility: the demand side of energy access, and specifically the role of high-quality, highly efficient appliances. 2017 looks set to be the year this giant market opportunity will burst out of strategy meetings and into the spotlight.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/dre-technologies/beyond-lighting-new-year-new-breakthroughs

Building a Million-Strong Youth Workforce

A year ago we interviewed Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, the outgoing CEO of Sustainable Energy for All. Sharing his insights on levers for change, Dr. Yumkella listed the key elements vital for a shift to a low-carbon future. One such critical factor: training. To achieve universal access to clean power, he explained, we will need to create a new wave of “installers of solar household systems, LPG distributors, service providers and builders of the internet; so that solar systems and other systems will be proliferating in the millions in various economies”.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/audios/building-million-strong-youth-workforce

X Learning: A 2017 Game Changer

In 2017, the African Development Bank (AfDB) will hold its annual meeting in India for the first time. The AfDB has targeted 75 million decentralized renewable connections in its plan to achieve universal energy access by 2025, while India has its sights on 40 GW of rooftop solar and 10,000 mini-grids in its bid to achieve “24/7 Power for All” by 2019. Imagine the learnings that the two have to share. Next year, also sees the International Solar Alliance (ISA) hit its stride, bringing together 20+ countries with a major focus on energy access through decentralized solutions, and opportunities for cross-learning are bolstered further under the Paris climate agreement plans for regional partnerships and technology transfer—a key to the low carbon transition.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/africa/x-learning-2017-game-changer

First-of-Kind Solar Pilot in Sierra Leone

Microfinance institutions and renewable energy companies unite to launch first-of-its-kind household solar pilot

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/press-releases/news-release-first-kind-solar-pilot-sierra-leone

News Release: Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria - Launched

Lagos, Nov. 24, 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.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/press-releases/news-release-renewable-energy-association-nigeria-launched

News Release: Community and Civil Society Organizations join the quest to bring clean power to Sierra Leone

Freetown, Nov. 22, 2016 -- Today, community and civil society organizations came together to support the Sierra Leone Energy Revolution, and join the quest to bring clean solar power to all by 2025.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/press-releases/news-release-community-and-civil-society-organizations-join-quest-bring-clean-power-sierra-leone

Guest Post: Unlocking Solar Conference Africa, Thoughts from REAN

Hannah Kabir, REAN Member and CEO of Creeds Energy, shares insights on the Unlocking Solar Capital conference in this guest post.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/events/guest-post-unlocking-solar-conference-africa-thoughts-rean

Why the World Needs Decentralized Renewable Energy

Over 1 billion people do not have access to reliable, affordable electricity; they are often forced to turn to polluting, hazardous, and expensive solutions like kerosene, charcoal and diesel in order to fuel their lives.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/dre-technologies/why-world-needs-decentralized-renewable-energy

5 Reasons Decentralized Renewables are a Trump Card for Climate Change and Energy Access

At COP22 the shock of last week’s unexpected election results has many worried that a Trump presidency could jeopardize climate finance and climate action. So it is a good time to remember why the global community, including the United States, must redouble its efforts in support of decentralized renewable energy (DRE). Here are 5 reasons:

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/dre-technologies/5-reasons-decentralized-renewables-are-trump-card-climate-change-and-energy-access

From Policy to Implementation: Catalyzing Finance in Zimbabwe's DRE Market

“Grid extension is not the best way to reach communities in the rural areas, and the government is continually developing strategies and policies to support private sector investment and ensure a smooth process to facilitate energy access”. Eng. Steve Dihwa, the Principal Director of the Zimbabwe Ministry of Energy and Power Development kicked off a recent finance workshop in Harare by expressing his strong support for the decentralized renewable energy sector, and its key role in ending energy poverty for the 9 million Zimbabweans who currently lack energy access.

https://www.powerforall.org/news-media/events/policy-implementation-catalyzing-finance-zimbabwes-dre-market

In Conversation with... Ellen Dorsey

“One For All” is a new civil society campaign that seeks to end energy poverty by ensuring universal access to clean, renewable, and affordable energy by 2030. Comprised of leaders from the global development, faith, philanthropy, women’s rights, and health sectors, One For All is inviting partners to help design and launch a global initiative to call upon mission driven investors to direct 1% of their assets in the form of grants and investment capital toward innovative projects that deliver clean, renewable, and affordable energy around the world.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/audios/conversation-ellen-dorsey

Building Better: Why Decentralized Energy Increases Resilience

One of the most pronounced effects of a changing climate is the increase in extreme weather and other natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires. These disasters are not spread evenly: of the 30 countries most affected by changing weather, 26 are least developed countries. To put it another way, 423 million people living in extreme poverty are considered likely to experience the impacts of a changing climate. The tragic events of hurricane Matthew in Haiti are just the most recent example.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/economics/building-better-why-decentralized-energy-increases-resilience

Fact Sheet: Powering a Climate-Friendly Future

Kerosene lamps and oil-based generators are some of the most polluting power sources in the world—with small diesel gensets creating 2x as much CO2 as coal plants per kWh, and kerosene lights emitting 240 million tons of toxic black carbon—equal to the emissions of 80 coal power plants.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-powering-climate-friendly-future

Decentralized renewables: the front line against climate change

As climate negotiators gather in Marrakech for COP22, we must shine a spotlight on the world’s 1.1 billion people living without electricity, not only because they are the most vulnerable to climate change, but because they also offer a roadmap for the rest of the world on how to build a decentralized, democratized clean energy future. This roadmap would achieve universal energy access and, by 2030, eliminate a gigaton of CO2e each year—equal to eliminating the emissions of Germany, the world’s 4th largest economy.

https://www.powerforall.org/insights/dre-technologies/decentralized-renewables-front-line-against-climate-change

Graphic: Combating Climate Change

By 2030, replacing kerosene lamps and diesel generators with off-grid distributed renewables could save nearly a gigaton of CO2e each year—equal to the annual emissions of Germany, the world's 4th largest economy. Share this graphic and join our call for a cleaner, healthier future!

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/images-graphics/graphic-combating-climate-change

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.

https://www.powerforall.org/resources/video/video-case-climate-optimism