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Member Highlights — July 2015

d.light launches a new product at a revolutionary $5.00 retail price point – the d.light A1.
Almost ten years after solar lanterns have been made available, still a fraction of those off-grid have adopted solar lanterns. The largest barrier to energy access is that most of these people live on less than $1.25 USD per day. The A1, a breakthrough in affordability, will enable hundreds of millions of people living without electricity to have access to improved lighting for the first time. The A1 lantern, built using the latest and most efficient solar technology, will accelerate d.light toward its goal of transforming the quality of life for 100 million people living without electricity by 2020. Developed by d.light’s experienced team of multi-national designers and engineers, the A1 lantern provides more than four hours of bright light after a full day of solar charging. The A1 maintains the high standards of durability and versatility that are signatures of all d.light products.


GSMA’s Mobile for Development Utilities programme announces new grantees of the Innovation Fund
Nine new grantees, including Practitioner Network members Devergy and Gham Power, are testing and developing innovations that improve access to energy, water and sanitation to underserved communities, by leveraging mobile technology and infrastructure. The 141 applicants to this round highlight the demand for additional risk capital to support early innovators who are leveraging mobile solutions to support the delivery of critical infrastructure services. In the near future, GSMA hopes to dedicate more time and support to the many worthy applicants who were unsuccessful in our process due to the limitations of the grant fund, by sharing our pipeline with other interested grant makers and investors. If the opportunity is of interest to you please do not hesitate to get in touch with GSMA via m4dutilities@gsma.com.


Congratulations to the Power Africa Photo Contest Winners
The judges have reviewed the Power Africa photo contest entries and selected eight winning photos, including Practitioner Network members d.light, Little Sun Solar, Azuri PayGo Solar, Sun Funder, and Powerhive. All of these photos highlight the power of Africa, the innovative ideas and hard work of people across the continent. These photos will become the image of Power Africa in the year to come.


SunSaluter – Call for Partnerships
SunSaluter is looking for entrepreneurs and business partners to help spread their exciting solar tracking technology around the world. SunSaluter currently has operations in India and Malawi and is looking for project partners, manufacturers, and distributors who would like to introduce the SunSaluter to new markets. The SunSaluter is the only solar panel rotator designed for the developing world. Using only the power of gravity and water, the SunSaluter enables solar panels to follow the sun throughout the day, boosting efficiency by 30% and producing four liters of clean drinking water each day. It consumes no electricity and is more than 30 times less expensive than conventional motorized solar trackers.


Practitioner Network members GOGLA, d.light, Off-Grid Electric, Greenlight Planet, SolarAid and Practical Action found Power for All
Launched in May 2015 at the UN General Assembly in New York, Power For All, through global education and advocacy targeted at policymakers, stakeholders, entrepreneurs, and energy customers, aims to help to deliver access to energy to 85 percent of the 1.1 billion people living without reliable power before 2030. Underpinning the foundations of the Power for All campaign is a firm belief in the power of the free market, consumer choice and private enterprise to deliver universal energy access in half the time and at a substantially less cost than current calculations. For further information on Power for All, please visit the website and read “The Energy Access Imperative”.


The Ground_Up Project launches the Value Compass
The Ground_Up Project platform to help investors and entrepreneurs realize the full potential of the green economy. Central to this platform is the Value Compass. The Value Compass, a core component of the new Ground_Up Project platform, is a proprietary tool that analyses and scores project information across 6 dimensions. It not only benchmarks projects, but in the future the Value Compass will also aggregate portfolios to match investor preferences. Read more here.


SolarAid announces new SunnyMoney CEO
SolarAid Chairman Jeremy Leggett has announced the appointment of Dr. Caesar Mwangi as the new SunnyMoney social enterprise CEO. Dr Mwangi announced that his charge is to guide SunnyMoney towards becoming a sustainable social enterprise making a profound difference in the lives of millions of people in Africa. He will lead various initiatives to improve operations within the framework of the challenging market realities in each country that SunnyMoney operates in. Read more here. SolarAid have also announced that their social enterprise, SunnyMoney, has sold close to 1.7 million solar lights, improving the lives of 10 million people. This was achieved with another record-breaking year as 624,468 lights were sold in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda. Read more.


Innovation: Africa expands to its 7th country: Senegal
The Innovation: Africa team just returned from Senegal where we installed solar powered water pumps and drip irrigation systems in six remote villages. Innovation: Africa teamed up with the Alliance for Global Good, The Christian Broadcast Network (CBN) and the Beer Sheba Project to bring over 100,000 liters of water per day to each of these six villages, which will serve close to 6,000 people.


Nokero Launches the World’s Brightest Integrated Solar Light
The W100 claims to be the world’s brightest integrated solar light. It has a range of uses from indoor work-area lighting, to outdoor community lighting, and it is fully submersible for night fishing or other marine applications.


ClimateCare voted Best Project Developer Public Health for the third year running
For the third consecutive year ClimateCare’s customers and peers have voted ClimateCare as Best Project Developer – Public Health, in the prestigious Environmental Finance Voluntary Carbon Market Ranking. Three years ago Environmental Finance created this new award category to “reflect growing demand from offset buyers for projects that deliver measurable outcomes beyond emissions reductions”. Three years later, ClimateCare’s position as market leader remains undisputed.