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Mini-Grid News – December 2015
What will speed up the micro-grid revolution? International Institute for Environment and Development
For investors to have greater confidence in micro-grid electricity generation, more attention needs to be paid to ensuring that the technology operates well in rural communities.
IFC Launches Mini-Grid Program to Increase Energy Access in Tanzania, International Finance Corporation
Tanzania has been selected as one of the first countries to test the concept of using small-scale renewable energy production sources under the Scaling-up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries Program. In Tanzania, the program aims to help diversify energy production away from fossil fuel-based sources. IFC will work with project developers in Tanzania to promote commercially viable mini-grid business models, and will advise banks and financial institutions on how to extend long-term finance to mini-grid developers.
ECREEE and IRENA start a capacity needs assessment for clean energy mini-grids in the ECOWAS region, ECREE
The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), in collaboration with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), have started a clean energy mini-grids capacity needs assessment in West Africa, as a first step towards the expansion of joint capacity building support to ECOWAS member states.
Financing for off-grid renewable energy companies continues to grow. In October, DBL Partners led a $25 million round in Off Grid Electric, signaling an increasing interest from private investors and traditional venture capitalists in the space.
Energy Africa Campaign to Boost Rural Solar Access, Clean Technica
Launched in October, Energy Africa is the brainchild of the UK’s Department for International Development, in an effort to accelerate the expansion of household solar throughout the continent. Specifically, Energy Africa will aim to “increase investment in off-grid energy firms, overcome regulatory barriers, foster innovation, and accelerate delivery of solar energy systems to households across Africa.”
Solar Micro-grids for India’s Rural Poor, ChEnected
Is Elon Musk’s lithium-ion battery really the best buy for stationary storage on a micro-grid or utility scale? Sun Edison doesn’t think so. They were aware that once the US-based company left their affluent home market and faced the crisis of 300 million people living without access to electricity in rural India, the company would have to evaluate each piece of technology for long term-dependable storage potential. This Included choosing vanadium batteries over lithium-ion.
African Lights: Micro-grids Are Bringing Power to Rural Kenya, Yale Environment 360
Small-scale micro-grids are increasingly seen as the most promising way to bring electricity to the 1.3 billion people worldwide who currently lack it. In Kenya, an innovative solar company is using micro-grids and smart meters to deliver power to villages deep in the African bush.
Swaziland to Invest E19.8 Billion in Energy, Energy Central
As part of the Sustainable Energy for All Action Plan, Swaziland will invest close to E19.8 billion in projects aimed at increasing local electricity generation, productive use of energy, and access to modern energy for cooking.