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Energy Access Reports – May 2017

Global Off-Grid Solar Market Report Semi-Annual Sales and Impact Data, July-December 2016, GOGLA & Lighting Global

This latest publication builds on the previous two reports (H2-2015 and H1-2016), and is the third in a series of six-month market updates co-produced by Lighting Global and GOGLA that track the swiftly evolving market for modern, clean, and affordable off-grid solar energy products worldwide. In addition to key sales figures across a range of product categories, the report also looks at important market drivers and other influencing factors—including climate, currency devaluation and market concentration—to knit together a complete picture of the latest results and current environment.


The State of Electricity Access Report (SEAR) 2017, ESMAP

This report examines the critical role of energy toward the achievement of the Sustainable Energy Goals (SDGs), then provides a snapshot of the status of electricity access, based on the recent Global Tracking Framework. It explores how countries can create a conducive environment for a transformative electricity access roll out, how clean energy fits into the picture, and how emerging and innovative service delivery models can accelerate progress on meeting the goals.

The report is supplemented by a package of other materials such as 10 Special Features – including one from the United Nations Foundation – that delve into topics ranging from electricity planning, human capital, gender, water, health, food, and agriculture—including in emergencies— to climate change, energy efficiency, and results-based financing, five case studies; and four impact evaluation reports.

Its objective is to prompt governments, donors, the private sector, civil society organizations, and practitioners to develop interventions to close the electricity access gap by integrating lessons learned from countries that have expanded electricity access to their population, with insights drawn from emerging innovative business and delivery models.


There is Such a Thing as Too Much, Too Fast: Avoiding ‘Mismatched Expectations’ in Off-Grid Energy Investing, Pepukaye Bardouille, Daniel Shepherd, Gianmaria Vanzulli

The purpose of this article is to share insights on three key trends that we have observed in the still nascent DESCO sector related to consumer financing, operational efficiency and growth rates, and to offer thoughts on potential opportunities for fresh thinking on the evolution of the business model.


Practical Action releases technical notes for mini-grid management and payment methods

As part of the ESCoBox project Practical Action have produced a new series of technical notes on management and payment methods for mini-grids. The following links will take you to resources on Practical Action’s infoHub knowledge repository:

ESCoBox, co-funded by UK aid from the Department for International Development (DfID), the Engineering & Physical Science Research Group (EPSRC) and the former Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC), was led by De Montfort University and brought together partners including Practical Action, SteamaCo (formerly Access:Energy), Newcastle University, University of Nairobi, the Institute of Development Studies, BBOXX and Ashden. Check out the project’s website, where DMU’s Decision Support Tool for mini-grid demand estimation and planning can be downloaded.


Energy Access Situation Report, 2016 Tanzania Mainland, Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics

This Survey Report is the second product of the Rural Energy Agency (REA) under the Ministry of Energy and Minerals. The first one was conducted in 2011 aimed at providing baseline data on the access and use of energy in Tanzania Mainland. The current survey reveals the five years performance done by REA and TANESCO in collaboration with other stakeholders on the access and use of energy in Tanzania Mainland. The successful completion of this work is the result of the joint effort done by REA and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) together with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals.


2Q 2017 Frontier Power Market Outlook, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

2017 is shaping up as an important year of groundwork-laying for micro-grids in remote or un-electrified regions of the world. Storage companies and technology giants continue to lead the charge on solar and storage micro-grids while island communities are test-beds for piloting new systems and ideas. This Market Outlook takes a closer look at the latest micro-grid developments, along with other important milestones in Frontier Power during 1Q 2017.


Electricity-Sector Opportunity in the Philippines: The Case for Wind- and Solar-Powered Small Island Grids, IEEFA

This paper describes how small islands in the Philippines can modernize outdated power generation systems that currently rely on imported diesel fuel and how solar- and wind-powered grids on these islands can supply affordable, reliable, more efficient, more secure, and cleaner power.

Many Philippine small island grids served today by diesel generators suffer from frequent blackouts and unplanned power outages. The research suggests that a reasonably swift transition to renewable energy is feasible across these islands and that it can be driven largely by market forces that support modernization and savings through advances in renewable energy and storage. The core policy question posed here is how the national government can speed this transition through the adoption of appropriate forward-looking policy and oversight.


Position Paper: Women and Sustainable Energy, ARE & ENERGIA

ARE supports the initiative planned by the European Commission to empower women in the sustainable energy sector as it addresses a very challenging situation faced by women who could contribute more effectively to the SEforALL Initiative in case conditions of their engagement in the modern energy sector in the developing world would be improved. This position paper describes ARE’s three key recommendations on the policy and regulatory level that should be put better placed to address women’s needs, constraints and opportunities, while further enabling their active role in the overall mission of achieving universal energy access by 2030.


Solar Wind Hybrid Systems Market: Growth, Future Prospects & Competitive Analysis, 2016-2023, Credence Research

Solar wind hybrid systems are hybrid power systems combining solar energy panel and wind mill, and

the global solar wind hybrid systems market is segmented by type into stand alone and on-grid. In 2015 the market was dominated by standalone solar wind hybrid systems. This report offers an overview of the global markets for solar wind hybrid systems, with a market trends assessment for the period 2013-2023, with historical information for 2013, 2014 & 2015, and projections through 2023.


Renewable Energy Growth in India: Broadening Poverty Reduction Impact, Bharath Jairaj, Pamli Deka, Sarah Martin and Seema Kumar

This report looks at the opportunities for poverty reduction through employment generation along the renewable energy (RE) supply chain in India. It seeks to identify innovations to illuminate pathways for increasing the potential for employment. The RE sector is growing quickly, and the labor market is still evolving.
Further, it aims to answer the following questions: What is needed to adequately develop RE programs and policies that lead to these kinds of livelihood opportunities that reduce poverty? What sort of innovations in RE programs and policy design can engage low-income workers in the supply chain?