Top Stories – September 2017

Save the Date: SAFE Humanitarian Workshop with UN Foundation side event on mini-/micro-grids

The 4th annual Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) Humanitarian Workshop will take place from November 28 to December 1st in Nairobi, Kenya. This year’s workshop will have some exciting new features: it will incorporate strategic discussions on key emerging issues, such as the increasing role of the private sector and the need for a global strategy on energy access for displaced people. Additionally, the United Nations Foundation will host a day-long side event on December 1st dedicated to clean energy Mini/Micro-Grids in Refugee Camp Settings.

To learn more about the workshop please visit the event page. Registration will open in a few weeks; if you are interested to attend but are not on the SAFE mailing list, please email to express interest in the workshop and/or side event.

Winners and Finalists of the 2016-17 Global LEAP Awards for Outstanding Off-Grid Televisions and Fans Announced

The Global LEAP Awards is an international competition that identifies the world’s best, most energy-efficient off-grid appliances. High-quality, energy-efficient appliances are essential to the growth of off-grid energy markets—they create demand for off-grid energy while reducing energy costs. The Global LEAP Awards provide clear and actionable signals about the quality and energy performance of off-grid appliances.

This year’s Global LEAP Award competitions identify the world’s highest quality, most energy-efficient off-grid fans and televisions. Detailed information about all Global LEAP Awards Winners and Finalists – including product performance data and sales contact information – is available in the 2017 Global LEAP Awards Buyer’s Guide.

The Global LEAP Awards for Outstanding Off-Grid Televisions and Fans are supported by Power Africa and US DOE. The Global LEAP Awards for Outstanding Off-Grid Refrigerators will be announced in January 2018, and are supported by USAID’s Global Development Lab, UK DFID’s Ideas to Impact program, and Power Africa.

Global LEAP Awards Winners and Finalists are eligible to participate in Global LEAP’s Off-Grid Appliance Procurement Incentives program. This innovative program drives best-in-class appliance products into key off-grid markets. The next round of incentives will launch October 2017, and will be offered in East Africa and Bangladesh.

In addition, the outcomes of the 2016-17 Global LEAP Awards will help inform leading impact investors Acumen and Shell Foundation’s proactive efforts to catalyze and validate new technology and business models to bring highly efficient appliances to off-grid consumers.

To stay up-to-date on Global LEAP programs, projects and research, please sign up for the Global LEAP mailing list or follow Global LEAP on Twitter.

Nigeria spends $14 billion yearly on off-grid diesel generation

Aside from the massive recurrent national grid investments, Nigeria is said to be spending N5tn ($14bn) on off-grid diesel generation yearly. Off-grid diesel generation refers to systems that have no connection with the national utility grid, but provide electricity for homes, businesses, or applications.

Primary energy consumption in Nigeria is largely satisfied by traditional biomass and waste (typically consisting of wood, charcoal, manure, and crop residues) and accounts for 74 per cent of the energy mix. This high share represents the use of biomass to meet off-grid heating and cooking needs, mainly in rural areas.

The International Energy Agency estimates that 115 million people in Nigeria rely on traditional biomass and waste as their main sources of energy. The other 26 per cent is made up of oil, gas and hydropower. In recent years, the electricity production from hydroelectric sources has plunged due to water shortages and climate change.

For Nigeria to embark on the path of dynamic development, it needed more than 60,000 megawatts to ensure sustainable growth. The Federal Government aims to electrify at least 80 per cent of the country’s population by the year 2035.