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Sector News – November 2015


Solar boost to release Africa’s untapped energy potential, Sun Connect News

The Energy Africa campaign will help to accelerate the expansion of the household solar market across the continent.



IMPROVING LIVES: SOLAR FARM AT TANZANIAN UNIVERSITY TO POWER CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY, USAID

On a plot of freshly cleared land next to the new medical complex at the University of Dodoma (UDOM), Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete cut a ribbon to officially launch a project that will position UDOM as one of Africa’s leading academic institutions in renewable energy.


US Partners with Benin, Bangladesh and Kenya for Off-Grid Energy, iisd

The US Government has announced actions to help bring off-grid clean energy systems and energy efficient appliances to the approximately 1.3 billion people who still lack energy access globally. Such energy systems will help speed up the delivery of affordable modern energy services, along with other solutions, such as grid extension and energy generation supply investments, according to a US press release, which also states that improving access to renewable energy solutions, in particular, positively impacts education and economic opportunities, while reducing pollution exposure, providing clean water access, and empowering farmers and families.


Single Week Brings More than $125 Million to Off-Grid Energy Sector, Sierra Club

Last week was a huge week for private and public investment in the off-grid clean energy sector. The off-grid sector continues to grow, offering affordable, reliable energy services to un-electrified and under-electrified populations around the world. Access to off-grid lighting and appliances can have transformative life-changing impacts, opening the door to numerous socioeconomic and health benefits.


New standard for rural electrification adopted, UNFCCC

Improving the lives of people without access to electricity is the motivation behind a new standard adopted by the Executive Board that oversees the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).


Google’s newest renewable energy investment: Africa’s biggest wind farm, The Washington Post

Google has made a reputation for itself in recent years as a major investor in renewable energy. And this morning, the company announced its newest investment: a wind power project in Kenya that, when completed, will be the continent’s biggest wind farm. 


Mobile Money: A Driver of Financial Inclusion in Pakistan, CGAP

This blog series explores the financial inclusion landscape of Pakistan and its linkages with the mobile money services industry. Based on the premise that mobile wallets have the potential to drive financial inclusion far beyond what traditional banking channels can achieve, this series highlights important 2013-2015 mobile money research from a variety of sources. It also explores specific opportunities which, if capitalized upon, could improve mobile wallet uptake in the country. 


SkyPower: Founder and CEO responds to questions from Sun-Connect News, Sun Connect News

SkyPowers’ announcement to give away a total of 3.5 million SHS to rural households in Kenya and Bangladesh has led to a lively discussion.


India’s Energy Crisis, MIT Technology Review

Can India modernize its manufacturing economy and supply electricity to its growing population without relying heavily on coal—and quite possibly destroying the global climate?


Private sector to light up a third of households without access to the grid by 2020, the Financial

he off-grid lighting and household electrification sector will help light up close to 100 million homes by 2020, according to market trends presented at the 4th International Off-Grid Lighting Conference, organized by the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) and the World Bank Group (WBG), in Dubai, UAE this week.


Off-grid becomes presentable: Investor pours up to EUR 400 millions in solar- and wind-diesel hybrid or storage, PV Magazine

A renowned international finance company has mandated THEnergy to build a pipeline of off-grid renewable energy projects. Its subsidiary is establishing an off-grid fund with a planned EUR 100–200 million equity to invest. The equity is scheduled to be invested within an investment period of three years. Taking into account additional debt capital on a project level the finance company expects a total investment of EUR 200–400 million. To speed up the investment process, the investor is considering financing the entire project with equity in a first step and refinancing it at a later stage. The finance company can even use an existing renewable energy fund that is successfully investing in renewable energy assets in many countries, to acquire off-grid projects even before the new fund is established.


 Finca to provide solar microfinance for 300,000 African households annually through 2019, PV Magazine

Microfinance provider Finca International has announced plans to finance off-grid solar systems to light up the lives of 1.5 million people in Africa. The deal was announced at a White House Forum on off-grid energy yesterday.


Power for All receives UK support to help Africa’s poor through distributed renewables, Blue & Green Tomorrow

Power for All and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) have joined forces to advance the rapid uptake of distributed renewable energy in Africa to improve hundreds of millions of lives.


Pika Energy Secures Patent for DC Nanogrid Technology, PR Web

Pika Energy has secured a broad patent for its core direct current (DC) nanogrid technology that enables homes and small commercial buildings to efficiently collect, manage, store, and use clean power. The patent is the latest in a widening pool of intellectual property for the power electronics firm.


Africa: Street Lamp Targets Dengue Fever, All Africa

Researchers at a Malaysian university have built an LED street lamp with a mosquito trap, both powered by wind and solar energy.


Portable Solar+Storage Company Offers Disaster Relief Option, Energy World.Com

SUNRNR of Virginia, Inc., a Shenandoah Valley-based portable solar+storage generator company, is making news in areas hit hard by weather events, particularly during the 2015 hurricane season. Crooked Island in the southern Bahamas islands received a SUNRNR (SunRunner), temporarily donated by distributor CleanWaterSolutions, to provide power at the Colonel Hill airport terminal where a makeshift health clinic was set up following Hurricane Joaquin. The SUNRNR will provide lighting and critical refrigeration for medical supplies like insulin.


Half of Australian homes to adopt solar power and move ‘off grid’ from 2018, The Telegraph

Australians will be able to use solar panels and batteries to cheaply produce and store electricity within three years, in a “dramatic” development that is expected to revolutionize the nation’s power generation.


Africa’s new breed of solar energy entrepreneurs, BBC News

African economies may be booming, but continued growth and quality of life are being jeopardized by lack of power.


What clean-energy innovators can learn from Apple, Fortune

Bringing cheap, low-carbon energy to the developing world means rethinking how we finance technology.


NRECA to Develop Plan for Electricity in Ethiopia, ECT.coop

NRECA International and the World Bank have signed a $200,000 contract to help the government of Ethiopia draft a strategy to expand access to electricity for millions in the African country.


Can Microfinance Boost Solar Energy in India? Eco Ideaz

Renewable sources of energy have emerged as greener alternatives to solve the never ending power crisis as well as address the issue of environmental degradation. The increasing consumption of fossil fuels not only aggravates the issue but also burdens the country’s energy imports.


Green energy to help in ‘last mile’ of Philippine rural electrification, Rappler

There are still 4,954 sitios across the country that do not have electricity. Many of these are in far-flung areas that can only be powered by renewable energy.