New Energy Access Reports – February 2016

Accelerating access to electricity in Africa with off-grid solar, ODI, the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA), Practical Action and SolarAid

These four linked reports present evidence of the impact of the provision of solar household systems on energy poverty, provide a review of the market in sub-Saharan Africa, and identify a number of key policy measures to enable accelerated access to electricity through household level solar solutions. The reports are complemented by briefing papers on 13 African countries.  The reports were prepared for the UK Department for International Development in support of the development of its “Energy Africa” campaign, launched in October 2015, which aims to accelerate access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa via increased deployment of household level solar solutions.

Track the Energy Transition, the International Energy Agency (IEA)

This document presents the latest IEA energy and emissions data and trends in 11 world regions, based on a set of indicators the IEA believes are important for tracking progress towards deep de-carbonization in the energy sector. The document further highlights the need to develop and use a wider suite of energy metrics to inform the international climate policy process and the development of national action plans.

Knowledge and Power: Lessons from ADB Energy Projects, the Asian Development Bank (ADB)

This publications provides an overview of energy sources in Asia and how they are used. It then presents recent developments and challenges that emphasize the urgency and necessity of sustainable energy initiatives in Asia. The publication features 15 recent project case studies in Bangladesh, Bhutan, the People’s Republic of China, India, Indonesia, the Federates States of Micronesia, the Philippines and Uzbekistan in a range of energy efficiency, renewables and electricity interconnection approaches.

Appliance Ownership and Aspirations Among Electric Grid and Home Solar Households in Kenya, Kenneth Lee, Edward Miguel and Catherine Wolfram, Energy Institute at Haas

This report summarizes the results of a household electrical appliance survey and describe how households in rural Kenya differ in terms of appliance ownership and aspirations. The data suggest that household level solar systems are not a substitute for grid-based power.

Reliable LED Lighting Technologies: Key Factors and Procurement Guidance, J. Lynn Davis and Anne Arquit Niederberger

Eradicating “light poverty” was one of the primary goals of the International Year of Light in 2015. Solid state lighting (SSL) technology, based on light-emitting diode (LED) light sources has a current global market penetration of roughly 5%. This paper reports on recent research on understanding SSL lighting system reliability (failure modes, environmental stressors, electrical power quality); discusses the implications of SSL technology reliability for providing lighting services, and suggests practical approaches to ensure SSL reliability to benefit humanity.

Energy Brief – Household DC networks: State of the art and future prospects, INSIGHT_E

This study investigates the potential benefits and feasibility of household DC networks. It provides a review of some of the most promising approaches to proposed standards, and analysis of those that are most suitable to be implemented, including comparative studies between a hybrid AC-DC system and a proposed DC configuration for different selected geographical conditions in the EU. Specifically, the comparative study focuses on energy savings from avoiding conversion losses, and economic payback.

Solar, storage and mining: New opportunities for solar power development, THEnergy/SolarPower Europe briefing

In this briefing paper, Dr. Thomas Hillig and Dr. James Watson examine the opportunity for solar companies in the mining sector. Solar energy is already used by grid connected and off-grid mines, and mines are often very remote and have to deal with challenges regarding electricity price and reliability. In many locations, solar power is competitive with conventional energy for grid-connected applications, while solar power can cut costs for isolated mines. Several projects also show how energy storage solutions support solar penetration in combined solar-diesel-hybrid projects. The briefing observes that industry specific marketing and an aligned solar industry approach are likely to increase the rate of penetration of solar into the mining sector.  To learn more, contact Dr Thomas Hillig via or Dr James Watson on

Bili – Clean Energy for All: Connecting the World to Clean and Affordable Solar Power, the Climate Group

The closing report of The Climate Group’s project Bijli — Clean Energy for All shows how this Dutch-lottery code funded project helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions and simultaneously enhanced the lives of rural villagers in India by connecting them to cheaper, cleaner and more reliable renewable energy sources. The Climate Group delivered this project by working through a range of Indian energy partners to provide access to clean, affordable solar energy to over 65,000 people in two years (2014-2015) in the Indian states of Maharashtra, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.

Harnessing Power Africa Projects to Reduce Energy Poverty: Seven best practices for pro-poor development, Oxfam America

This issue brief outlines a series of practices that Oxfam believes should guide Power Africa’s investments and operations, focused on the incorporation of strong social and environmental safeguards into program design and implementation.

India Solar Rooftop Map | 2016 Edition

The “India Solar Rooftop Map” is India’s most comprehensive publication on the state of play of India’s rooftop solar subsector, with a reach of over 25,000 domestic and international stakeholders. It contains key market information and trends.

The 2016 edition references the following:

  • Over 525 MW of rooftop solar projects have been commissioned as of 31st October 2015.
  • Tamil Nadu is the leading state with rooftop installations totaling more than 76 MW.
  • Total installed capacity in the residential segment is 143 MW, representing 27% of the market.
  • The residential market is highly fragmented and dominated by local companies.
  • Industrial and commercial markets will lead the growth of rooftop solar installations going forward.