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Sector News — September 2015

Productive Energy Use: A Catalyzer for Rural Energy and Water Access, Triple Pundit

Pico-solar lighting and solar home systems have proved themselves as revolutionary entry-level energy access technologies for low-income rural communities. See IDCOL’s success in Bangladesh, and recent multimillion-dollar investment in Berlin-based SHS energy access company Mobisol, active in East Africa. These technologies have kick-started a base-of-the-pyramid push toward energy independence, and it is critical to continue this forward momentum in order to deliver a real long-term solution for rural energy and water access.


Aid is dead – a response to Skypower’s plans to donate 2 million solar lights, SolarAid

Here at SolarAid we don’t believe in aid, we don’t believe that the quickest way to fix a problem is always the best. Instead we believe in kick starting markets, we believe in setting up roots in local communities and we believe in creating opportunities through enterprise.


A Bull in a China Shop: How SkyPower’s Plan to Donate 2 Million Solar Home Kits in Kenya Will Wreck the Energy Access Market for Decade, Huffington Post

The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and that’s exactly what is afoot with SkyPower, a utility-scale photovoltaic energy company and their plan to donate two million home solar kits to “the people of Kenya”.


Improved Crop Drying for Small Farmers,  AgTechXChange

In Asia, most crops grown by small farmers are dried on roads and rooftops, using the sun’s heat to do the job.  Unfortunately, this “open-air” drying can lead to problems in quality – especially during the rainy season – reducing the farmers’ opportunity to sell the crop at a fair price in the market.


Solar energy brings smiles to healthy babies and happy farmers, the World Bank

Last month, I met an obstetrician in India and in the course of conversation, asked her how many babies she had delivered. “After ten thousand babies, I stopped counting,” she said. Naturally, I was curious to know if anything scared her when she’s delivering a child. Her answer: “I pray that there is electricity for sterilized water and other equipment during the process.”


Philippines sees slow take up of renewable energy, the Guardian

High cost and mismatch in demand and supply makes country reliant on fossil fuels despite setting a goal to have half its energy needs met by renewables, reports the Straits Times.


World Bank to help 1.1 million rural people in Bangladesh to access clean energy, Reuters

The World Bank has signed a $15 million grant agreement with Bangladesh to increase access to clean energy for targeted rural areas through output-based aid (OBA) subsidies.


How to Keep the Lights on During the Energy-Access Challenge, Huffington Post

Modern energy services are fundamental to human well-being, economic development and eradicating poverty. Yet more than 1.3 billion people globally lack access to electricity.

Despite that being such a staggering number — just more than a seventh of the global population — this need to address the significant lack of electricity is on the other hand an opportunity for all of us to create and innovate models that encompass sustainability and inclusivity.