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Member Highlights — June 2015

M-KOPA has provided power to 200,000 homes across East Africa – M-Kopa reports having doubled the number of homes connected to its solar home systems in the past eight months. The average M-KOPA household has over five inhabitants. Accordingly, M-KOPA estimates they are now providing power to over a million people across East Africa, and aim to provide power to one million homes by the end of 2017. M-KOPA reports selling 500 new systems each day across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. It has a network of over 1,000 direct sales agents and 85 customer service centers across East Africa.


The EarthSpark team announced completion of the “town-sized, solar-powered, smart grid” expansion in Les Anglais, Haiti. With a 90 kW solar PV array, EarthSpark is providing clean, reliable power to all 430 households and businesses situated in the “downtown” area of Les Anglais. Read more about the micro-grid in this two-page summary. EarthSpark has also made a commitment to the Sustainable Energy for All initiative to build 80 microgrids and achieve 1.5 million energy transactions in Haiti by 2020.


Low-cost micro grid pioneer, Mera Gao Power recently closed a U.S. $500,000 debt investment deal with the Dutch-based ICCO investment fund. Mera Gao Power (MGP) builds, owns, and operates micro grids in Uttar Pradesh, India serving off-grid villages with high quality, dependable lighting and mobile phone charging services. MGP’s unique model is able to provide service to a typical hamlet for less than $1,000, making its lowest cost design a key option for commercially viable micro grids targeted at the rural poor. Mera Gao Power was selected as a winner for the 2015 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer Award and the National Geographic Terra Watt Prize Award.


With their on-the-ground presence and experienced local team, SunFarmer has had an important role to play in rebuilding and reconstruction after the Nepal Earthquake. SunFarmer has started the Nepal Relief and Reconstruction Fund to support electricity needs in the most devastated areas and is currently working to distribute solar lights for immediate relief to those in need. In the coming weeks, SunFarmer will install at least 75 electricity generation systems for medical and community organizations. To learn more about SunFarmer’s impact to date and to donate to the Fund, visit here.


S3IDF Calls for collaboration in India, Myanmar, and Cambodia: S3IDF reduces poverty in developing countries through triple-bottom line small-scale enterprises using their Social Merchant Bank Approach® (SMBA) to provide entrepreneurs with three bundled services: leveraged co-financing, technology access & knowledge, and business development support. Donor capital is utilized to mitigate risks and encourage local financial institutions to provide debt financing for the working poor to access and purchase clean energy technologies. Their project portfolio includes solar, biomass/biogas, water, and other technologies within financially viable enterprises benefiting the communities they are established. They have an established portfolio of projects in India and are conducting feasibility studies for applying their approach in Myanmar and Cambodia. S3IDF recently completed a study in Cambodia in cooperation with Nexus Carbon for Development, outlining the steps to apply their approach in Cambodia. S3IDF is looking for organizations – financial institutions, donors & philanthropies, technology companies, NGOs & other capacity development providers, government/regulatory agencies, and others – to exchange ideas about opportunities and challenges in the region, and collaborate on developing enterprise centric concepts. Similarly, they would love to hear from UN-EAPN member organizations to exchange approaches and ideas, and discuss possible steps around collaboration on project development. Any questions or comments regarding S3IDF can be directed to Nakul Kadaba, Project Associate at S3IDF at nakul@s3idf.org.


Together with WWF Philippines, the Municipality of San Jose and the company Philips, the WISIONS initiative will support the nocturnal illumination of San Jose Port, Philippines, a tuna landing site, using solar-powered LED lighting. Currently, small-scale fishermen land their catch indiscriminately in varying locations, sometimes on unsanitary beaching areas. By addressing this issue, WWF will not only encourage more sustainable fishing activities, but also foster hygienic practices and improve the monitoring of the catch.


Thanks to Power:On, 3,000 villagers will soon access innovative services from the first smart and underground electric grid in Benin. Local households, businesses and public utilities are preparing for a true energy revolution – pre-orders for Power:On contracts are multiplying very fast, and nearby villages are already getting in line for future projects.


GIZ via NESP in Nigeria has supported the Plateau state government in implementing the first solar water heater (SWH) demonstration project at an educational institution. Once completed, the project will demonstrate the economic and technical viability of SWHs in Nigerian boarding schools, hence helping save electricity and improve the students’ living conditions. Furthermore, the results of the pilot projects will be used to develop standards and incentive mechanisms for a widespread rollout of SWHs. For queries, please contact Ene Macharm.


Little Sun is now available in 12 African countries, with Tanzania being the latest African country that the organization is bringing Little Sun light to, in partnership with Strategic Energy. Little Sun also won Europe’s top environmental technology prize, the GreenTec Awards, and has been honored with one of the world’s most coveted product design awards, a Green GOOD DESIGN Award, promoting visionary innovation and design excellence while emphasizing sustainability, ecology and energy conservation.


All Power Labs, a biomass fueled generator manufacturer, announced a $5K reduction in the price of the APL Power Pallet.  The new pricing scales brings the cost of the PP20 down to $24,995, or about $1.38/watt, with a long term vision of reducing costs to <$1/watt. For further inquiries or to place an order, please contact APL at sales@allpowerlabs.com.