Sector News – September 2017


Air Conditioning Is a Lifesaver. It’s Also a Potential Disaster, TIME

There’s hot and then there’s extreme hot. Hot is uncomfortable. Extreme hot pushes the limits of human survival. In late May, mercury readings soared to 128.3 degrees in Pakistan, a swelter that coincided with Ramadan, when millions of Pakistanis forgo water and food from sunrise to sunset. A month later, temperatures hit 129.2 degrees in Iran, likely the hottest temperature every reliably measured on Earth. Meanwhile, in Phoenix, Arizona, 118-degree temperatures grounded airplanes and triggered record-high power demand at several local utilities.

Enhancing Access to Finance for Women Entrepreneurs – What Should Financial Institutions Do?, Next Billion

Near the century-old Don Bosco Cathedral, Anita runs a flower stall. Her red roses, lilac orchids, pink hibiscus and orange bougainvillea burst in glory, beckoning the dazzled passersby. She has been selling flowers to the churchgoers since 2001. That’s roughly when George, who now runs Specialist Florists, began his business on the street adjacent to Equal Shopping Mall. While Anita continues to operate from the same place with the same scale, in the past 15 years George has managed to buy 11 franchise stores in the city. While one may argue that a multitude of factors play a role in the growth of a business, Anita’s flowers could have enabled an even rosier future – in the absence of gender inequality.

Conversations: Is Off-Grid Electrification the Key to Sustainable Energy for All?, IEG World Bank

Highlights of an expert discussion about the commercial viability and potential of off-grid technologies.


Demand for electricity in Ghana is ever-growing but the grid can be unreliable. Renewable energy providers such as PEG are helping fill the gaps.

Solar lanterns to bring clean energy and safety to IDP communities in Mogadishu, Relief Web

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has handed over 600 solar powered lanterns to Somalia’s Federal Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management. The lanterns will be distributed to female headed households within IDP (internally displaced persons) communities in Mogadishu, as part of a renewable energy project financed by the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

Liberia to Benefit from India’s $2 Billion Solar Projects for Africa, Daily Observer

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has submitted to the House of Representatives for ratification into Law “The International Solar Alliance (ISA) Framework Agreement.” The President’s letter states that the objective of the agreement is to create a collaborative platform for increased deployment of solar energy technologies to enhance security and sustainable development in member countries and will improve access to energy and opportunities for better living in rural as well as remote areas.

Maasai Women Bring Clean Energy to Rural Villages in Kenya, Tanzania, News Deeply

Solar power and clean-burning stoves are saving lives and changing fortunes in the Maasai lands between Kenya and Tanzania. And the clean energy revolution is being led by women.

The Plan to Turn Africa’s Mobile Phone Towers Green, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

GreenWish Partners, a renewable energy company run by a former Morgan Stanley executive, is planning to invest $800 million on solar-powered telephone towers across Africa.

$1.5 Billion Microgrid Market Opportunity Emerges in Kenya, Microgrid Knowledge

A confluence of innovation, risk taking, and public and private effort has created a five-year, $1.5 billion microgrid market opportunity in Kenya, leading Germany’s TFE Consulting to dub the East African nation, “The World’s Microgrid Lab.”


ISA to become recognized multilateral agency by year-end, PV Tech

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is set to become a recognized multilateral agency by the end of this year, according to Indian energy and mines minister Piyush Goyal.

After leading green energy revolution, why India must power-up solar waste management, Financial Express

Growing population and a rapidly rising demand for electricity in both rural and urban areas, and across sectors, has put an extreme pressure on the ecology.

Asian off-grid solar: Using innovation to accelerate electrification, Solar Plaza

To get an insight into the current status of solar energy and the mechanisms set out to drive its development, we hosted a webinar – ‘How to bridge the electrification gap in Asia through off-grid PV systems?’ – and consulted local experts.

India’s MNRE calls for domestic PV manufacturing capacity update, PV Tech

India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has called on domestic solar manufacturers to update information on their installed capacities, operational capacities and annual production.

China installs 10.52GW of solar in July: Exceeds 2020 target by 7%, PV Tech

According to independent solar industry advisory firm AECEA, China has already exceeded its 13th Five-Year-Plan (2016-2020) target of 105GW by installing around 10.52GW of solar in July, after record first half 2017 installations of 24.4GW.

Middle East

Muslim nations pledge to push renewables, storage and microgrids, PV Tech

Officials from 56 Muslim-majority nations have come together to pledge new climate-related technology goals that included promoting microgrids, energy storage and renewable energy targets.

Saudi Arabia approves net metering framework for systems up to 2MW, PV Tech

Saudi Arabia’s Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (ECRA) has approved a net metering scheme that will allow self-consumption and export to the grid.

Latin America / the Caribbean

Acciona and Spanish university claim world record solar generation measurement in Chile, PV Tech

Spanish energy firm Acciona Energía and the Solar Energy Institute of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (IES-UPM) have claimed a world record for the amount of electricity generated from solar PV modules scientifically measured at one of Latin America’s largest solar plants.

Haitian Solar PV Weathers Hurricane Irma, Renewable Energy World

With the complete toll of Hurricane Irma beginning to reveal itself, renewable energy stakeholders take stock of lessons learned.

Argentina to allocate 450MW of solar in Round 2 auction, PV Tech

Argentina’s Ministry of Energy and Mining has launched a new 1.2GW renewable energy auction calling for 450MW of solar PV and 550MW of wind, under Round 2 of its RenovAR Programme.

 North America

Harvey’s Devastation Shows the Need for Distributed Energy, Microgrids During Disasters, Greentech Media

Harvey, the hurricane-turned-tropical depression that’s devastated the Texas Gulf Coast, has also driven home the value of off-grid energy systems, from backup generators to microgrids — and the dire results of failing to have them ready to prevent disasters.



The Republic of Korea supports renewable energy mini-grid solutions in the Pacific region, UNIDO

The Korea Energy Agency (KEA) has agreed to support the newly established Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) in the development of a regional renewable energy mini-grid program for the Pacific Island Countries and Territories. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) Deputy to the Director General, Hiroshi Kuniyoshi, today met with KEA’s Climate Change Response Executive Director, Kwang-hak Lee, in Vienna, Austria, to sign a US$120,000 trust fund agreement.