EAPN Newsletter – May 2015 — Member News

newsletter bannerPractitioner Network Members Respond to Nepal Earthquake

Gham Power is helping the relief efforts in Nepal by providing solar lights and charging kits for temporary shelters and tents. They have put together a live map showing all incoming requests for relief specific to power and electricity and illustrating where work is being done to coordinate solar companies and relief agencies and ensure that efforts are not duplicated, but rather focused on the areas that need it most. Gham Power, like others, is trying to buy and deploy all the product locally available for immediate use, as it is difficult to bring in small-scale energy products externally at this point in Nepal. Contact Sandeep Giri, Gham Power,

Empower Generation is a social business that has been empowering women to distribute clean, affordable power and light in Nepal since 2011. Since the first earthquake, Empower Generation and partners have distributed over 9,000 solar lights with chargers. They are raising additional funds to distribute clean energy products and supplies, with support from funders and partners, including Kopernik, Mercy Corps, D.Light Design, and BBOXX. Access their campaign here. Empower Generation is focused on distributing quality products, and is leveraging its existing distribution network and close connections with local communities to provide safe, reliable light and mobile charging for immediate relief. Donate to Empower Generation here. Contact: Anya Cherneff, Empower Generation,

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Photo: Empower Generation

Kopernik is working with Empower Generation on the emergency response for the Nepal earthquake, providing Tulip Table Top water filtration systems to affected populations. Kopernik’s mission is to improve poor people’s lives, reduce poverty, and empower women towards achieving energy access. Kopernik’s campaign, as well as further details on their solar light and water pump contributions to the relief efforts, can be accessed here. Contact Sally Bolton, Kopernik, for more information.

SunFarmer offers affordable and risk-free solar energy systems for health, education, and water projects in Nepal, focusing on institutional and commercial sectors, with long-term monitoring and financing. SunFarmer supports earthquake relief efforts in Nepal through their Nepal Relief and Reconstruction Fund, which can be found here. All donations to the fund go directly towards installing electricity generation systems to provide power and lighting to health clinics, hospitals, and other critical infrastructure supporting relief and recovery efforts. SunFarmer is also buying products locally for the first response, and looking to bring in larger systems for the longer term. They are also focusing on water purification as clean water has emerged as a significant need, especially for medical relief efforts.

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Photo: Sun Farmer

WakaWaka has launched a campaign website for the Nepal earthquake relief. After WakaWaka allocated 2,000 solar lights to emergency relief efforts in Nepal, their agents of light community across the globe rallied to bring that number to a total of 5,600 solar lights and chargers. WakaWaka solar-powered devices help emergency response workers continue their life-saving work when the sun goes down, and enable survivors to see to charge their phones and stay connected with family members.

TERI is helping with the emergency response with the Nepal earthquake relief, shipping solar lights and lanterns to Nepal. You can see their campaign here. All colleagues from TERI have donated a portion of their salary to help the efforts of Nepal Relief. For more information, contact Martand Shardul, TERI,


Solar Sister, a network of women entrepreneurs bringing clean energy to rural Africa, was named an “exemplary approach to addressing critical challenges” at the first-ever Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), Middle East and Africa meeting. Their commitment, Sustainable Energy Solutions Powered by Women’s Enterprise, was introduced by Chelsea Clinton. In 2012, Solar Sister committed to build a network of women energy entrepreneurs who would bring the benefits of solar lighting, mobile phone charging and clean cook stove technologies to under-served and hard-to-reach rural communities. Today, Solar Sister is working to expand the existing network by recruiting, training, and supporting 3,000 women across Tanzania, Nigeria, and Kenya. Solar Sister’s featured Commitment at CGI follows a site visit to Karatu, Tanzania by former President Bill Clinton on April 30.

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Photo: Solar Sister

Zolair Energy’s “energy cabinet”
Zolair Energy’s upcoming product, PILA-Max, is a solar system “energy cabinet” backed up with a zinc battery that can run large appliances. Zolair Energy is initially targeting 5,000 homes. Zolair Energy’s proprietary system allows them to partner with any microfinance institution or bank in any given country.

UGE to help strengthen New York City’s climate resilience
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which caused $19 billion in losses for the city of New York and left more than 2.2 million people without electricity, the RISE: NYC competition was created to deploy cutting-edge technology solutions to strengthen the city’s climate resilience. Urban Green Energy (UGE) is among 11 companies selected for this $30 million initiative funded by the US government, which will see UGE install micro-grid renewable energy systems in communities affected by Sandy. More information can be found here.

Kamworks partners with Cambodia’s leading mobile operator
Kamworks Cambodia has partnered with Cellcard, Cambodia’s leading mobile operator, to provide mobile-enabled solar energy to off-grid rural Cambodian communities. Following collaboration with the GSMA Mobile For Development initiative,the project aims to enhance the quality of life for people who lack access to affordable and reliable energy sources via innovative technology. It started last year in Kratie, and has expanded in the provinces of Kratie, Kampong Thom, Kampong Chhnang, and Kandal. The aim is to serve over 10,000 rural households over the next 30 months. The partnership with Cellcard will help move the project’s reach further; allow remote monitoring, management and servicing of the solar systems; as well as provide data access through Cellcard’s extensive and reliable mobile network.

Azuri and Oasis to Power More Off-Grid Homes in Ghana
Azuri Technologies, in partnership with energy company Oasis African Resources, is bringing affordable, pay-as-you-go solar power to more off-grid homes in Ghana over the next two years. They will focus on cocoa farming regions, in association with agricultural cooperatives and women-based organizations. The large-scale roll-out builds on its pilot deployments in Ghana, which saw success over the last 18 months. The project is supported by the Ministry of Power, and aligns with the government’s current efforts to bring reliable, renewable power to Ghana at scale.

IRENA Project Navigator Launched
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has recently launched an online platform, Project Navigator, dedicated to project development in the area of renewable energy technologies. This platform will provide users with information, guidelines and tools for all stages from concept development to implementation of a project. Apart from project management tools, the website also offers a database on project funding opportunities, termed the Financial Navigator.

Clean Energy Solutions Center’s extensive webinar archives
All clean energy webinar trainings, including those in partnership with the Energy Access Practitioner Network, can be accessed on the solutions center website and on YouTube.