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Sector News – August 2015

Will an ‘All of the above” energy strategy work for Africa’s poor?

A week after President Obama’s return from Africa, yesterday the US Congress made its own move to increase energy access in sub-Saharan Africa by introducing its latest version of the Electrify Africa Act in the Senate. The lack of access to electricity – even just enough to power a light bulb or charge a phone – affects s the quality of life for millions around the world.


Côte d’Ivoire’s President launches West African Energy Leaders Group, Sustainable Energy for All

Côte d’Ivoire’s President Alassane Ouattara headed a top-level line-up of political and business leaders to launch the African Energy Leaders Group (AELG) in West Africa, with concrete plans to drive sector reforms and a pipeline of bankable investment projects for sustainable energy access across the region.


USAID to mobilise $41 million for clean energy projects in India, the Economic Times

NEW DELHI: USAID will soon mobilise $41 million (about Rs 268 crores) to finance clean energy projects in India, making off-grid power accessible to one million people, US Ambassador to India Richard R Verma said today. Verma, who is here for India Off-Grid Energy Summit, also launched $8 millionPACESetter Fund which aims to accelerate commercialization of innovation in off-grid clean energy solutions. The two nations have decided to set up the fund on 50:50 sharing basis.


Transforming Malawi’s Education with Solar-Powered Projection, AV Magazine

Onebillion has unveiled its solar-powered projection solution designed to transform the education of one billion marginalized children in Africa. The not-for-profit developer and publisher of educational apps wanted to find a way to help Malawian teachers educate children with the help of technology.


Electrifying health care – saving lives in Zimbabwe, Oxfam

For poor women in parts of rural Zimbabwe the cost of two candles can be the difference between health and hunger, and even sometimes between life and death. In the first in a series of blog posts about the impact of solar energy, John Magrath, Programme Researcher, explains how solar power is transforming health care provision, and helping to save lives.


In Pakistan, solar lamps turn women into green energy entrepreneurs, Thomas Reuters Foundation

As the sun sets and darkness falls over a village outside Bahawalpur, Shama Bibi switches on her solar lantern and starts sewing clothes for an upcoming family wedding. Not long ago, nightfall would have forced her to stop working. But now with access to solar-powered lamps, Bibi can sew as long as she needs to.


A Laptop-Sized Solar Panel Is Lighting Rural Africa, Bloomberg

Erasmus Wambua no longer has an excuse for not doing his homework. In the past, the 18-year-old would have to find light elsewhere when his family’s off-grid home in the village of Ndela, 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of then Kenyan capital, ran out of paraffin. That’s changed since his mother, Rebecca, signed up with M-Kopa, a Nairobi-based provider of solar-lighting systems.


Kenya: Rural Electrification Authority Installs Solar Power in 33 Schools, All Africa

The Rural Electrification Authority (REA) in partnership with Davis and Shirtliff has completed a Sh58m project to install solar systems in 33 public primary schools in Tana River and Lamu counties. This will see over 6,000 students in the two coastal counties gain access to electricity as the government moves to equip public primary schools across the country with laptops.


How crowdfunding might secure energy access, The Sydney Morning Herald

Energy poverty is a critical issue afflicting a billion people every day in developing countries where creative thinking and disruptive solutions could be the only but also the best responses. Countless communities are regularly plunged into darkness through weak power grids and the mismanagement of state-owned enterprise. Despite promising signs of economic expansion in some of these places, prospects for real change are stunted economic growth and a growing frustration of being left behind the rest of the world.


The rapid rise of impact investing, Business Day

INVESTING in companies that create social, environmental and economic value is a trend that has been increasing worldwide. This type of triple-bottom-line investing is commonly called impact investing and last year, financial services giant JPMorgan estimated that the market was worth $60bn worldwide — and growing.


Fee-For-Service or Pay-As-You-Go Concepts for Photovoltaic Systems

Great new article by Energypedia featuring a number of Practitioner Network members as case studies.