Member Highlights – May 2018

Angaza and BioLite partner to bring solar lighting to off-grid families

Angaza is joining forces with BioLite, a social enterprise that develops, manufactures, and distributes advanced clean energy technologies to off-grid households around the world. The partnership makes the BioLite SolarHome 620 compatible with Angaza’s Pay-As-You-Go technology to make the lighting system affordable for off-grid families.

“We are very excited to partner with BioLite because of the natural alignment of the missions of our two companies,” says Angaza CEO, Lesley Marincola. “The SolarHome 620 product is an efficient, high-quality, and stylish addition to Angaza’s portfolio of life-changing products.”

The lighting system, which also functions as a radio, MP3 player and charging station, is already lighting up over 40,000 homes across Western Kenya. Now that the product is linked to Angaza’s Hub and Activator software, distributors of the SolarHome 620 have a complete solution to sell the product in affordable increments directly to their clients in the field.


Navigant Research Report Finds the Global Market for Off-Grid DER Implementation Is Expected to Total Approximately $350 Billion between 2018 and 2027  

A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market for off-grid distributed energy resources (DER) technologies and provides a summary of innovative uses and business models, along with forecasts, through 2027.

Compared to traditional pure diesel generator sets (gensets), off-grid DER solutions are becoming an attractive option to power remote locations or geographic areas without grid access. The market for off-grid DER began developing in the 1990s, and today, declines in the manufacturing costs of solar PV, energy storage systems, and power electronics are encouraging further growth.

“While it might seem that the growth of off-grid DER will not have an impact in the developed world, outside of difficult-to-reach locations, the lessons traditional players can learn from their off-grid counterparts are many,” says Roberto Rodriguez Labastida, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “Off-grid companies have learned to embrace technology, to be nimble, and above all, to bring value by offering products that are a priority for their customers.”

According to the report, in the economics-driven commercial and industrial (C&I) sector, integrated off-grid DER solutions offer significant savings in operations and maintenance costs versus pure fuel-based solutions. In the residential sector, off-grid DER solutions are expected to soar thanks to a significant population lacking access to energy services.

The report, Off-Grid DER Innovations, provides a quantitative analysis of the global market for off-grid DER technologies and a summary of innovative uses and business models. The study focuses on the deployment of integrated DER solutions in the C&I, residential, and personal/untethered segments, including microgrids, pico systems, solar home systems (SHSs), nanogrids, and transport applications. Global market forecasts, segmented by region, application, system type, and segment, extend through 2027. The report also examines the telecommunications, resource extraction, and multi-user off-grid electrification applications for off-grid DER. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.


UNDP and TRINE partner to scale-up private investment in high-impact energy projects

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and impact investment platform TRINE announced their first ever partnership in the off-grid solar industry. The primary objective of this partnership is to contribute towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7- affordable and clean energy, and improve the quality of life in rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa through innovative financing.

Furthermore, UNDP and TRINE are jointly setting-up a new initiative to scale-up private investment in high-impact energy access projects with an initial focus on Kenya, expanding later to Rwanda, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zambia. UNDP will assess and monitor the impacts of projects using UNDP’s Climate Action Impact Tool which offers investors to quantify and track the social and environmental impacts of their investments to make informed decisions.

“We are excited to see a strong commitment from the private sector to invest in initiatives in rural Kenya that will strengthen communities, create jobs and empower women, and at the same time contribute to the country’s climate change targets under the Paris Agreement. The Climate Action Impact Tool will help investors to make informed decisions when selecting projects with highest sustainable development impacts, thereby advancing development and accelerating the implementation of the SDGs,” said Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, UN Assistant Secretary General and Director of UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support.

The initiative is expected to unlock investments of 6 Million EUR in off-grid solar energy by the end of 2018 and give 300,000 people access to clean and affordable energy in Sub-Saharan Africa whilst mitigating approximate 84,000 tons of CO2 emissions.

“We are dedicated to giving 66 million people access to clean energy before the end of 2022. One of the barriers in the sector is trust and to prove that the impact created is real and long-lasting. By partnering up with UNDP and use UNDP’s climate action impact tool, we will take a step forward in increasing trust in the sector and make the impact more tangible, which serves our goal of accelerating sustainable investments,” said Sam Manaberi, CEO, TRINE.

UNDP and TRINE believe the private sector can play a key role in providing the needed finance to increase energy access. There is a growing interest from the private sector regarding ways to effectively verify, monitor and report sustainable development impacts of these private sector activities and investments. The partnership is based on the belief that access to verifiable data on sustainable development impacts should result in enhanced trust in investees and investment platforms, while also allowing investors to make better informed investment decisions.


Founding of EAREF (East Africa Renewable Energy Federation)

East Africa Renewable Energy Associations (Burundi Renewable Energy Association-BUREA, Energy Private Developers-EPD Rwanda, Kenya Renewable Energy Association-KEREA, Tanzania Renewable Energy Association-TAREA and, Uganda Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Alliance-UNREEEA), under the East Africa Renewable Energy Partnership project financed by German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation (BMZ) through bfz gGmbH and Sequa, met in Kigali on 25th April, 2018 to launch East African Renewable Energy Federation (EAREF). EAREF will operate from Arusha, Tanzania. EAREF has been found with blessings of East Africa Community Energy Sectoral Ministrial Council. EAREF will work to realize the interest of EAC states in private sector perspective, promoting access to the modern sustainable renewable energy in the region.


IKEA Foundation Announces Partnership with SELCO Foundation to Bring Renewable Energy to Underserved Communities

SELCO Foundation and the IKEA Foundation are announcing a new partnership that aims to provide reliable and affordable energy in India, where many impoverished families have little or no electricity for their homes, schools, livelihoods and health centres.  With the IKEA Foundation, SELCO Foundation will help over 160,000 adults and 400,000 children, providing them with healthier homes and better healthcare and educational opportunities.

SELCO Foundation was established in 2010 and its aim is to provide clean energy solutions for the under-developed communities. Understanding access to energy as a basic human right and as a means to other development activities, SELCO Foundation works on developing models that create long term sustained impact.

Harish Hande, Founder and CEO of SELCO Foundation says, “SELCO’s mission over the decades was to push for using sustainability as a catalyst for development while it being truly socially and environmentally complete. In this pursuit, we are thrilled to partner with a like-minded organization like IKEA Foundation to move the needle faster and make the world an inclusive and peaceful one.”

“Poverty escapes are not a one-way street, and the negative impacts of climate change are threatening the progress many vulnerable communities have made so far. For these communities, building resilience represents one of the best ways to adapt to a changing climate. This is what we are trying to achieve with this new partnership,” Jeff Prins, Programme Manager for the IKEA Foundation, stated.

Lack of electricity has also curtailed the entrepreneurial ambitions of many impoverished families, leaving them little choice but to work as cheap labour for the middle and the wealthy classes, resulting in further social divide. Rural health services cannot provide adequate care without electricity, forcing the poor to travel large distances for better health facilities and making it more expensive for them to stay healthy and productive. Poor health, lack of opportunity to innovate or to create an enterprise, and the ever-widening technology divide all contribute to impoverished people remaining poor.

This partnership is one of several new partnerships announced by the IKEA Foundation on Earth Day. The IKEA Foundation is investing over €40 million in programmes run by Habitat for Humanity, One Acre Fund, Practical Action, Rainforest Alliance, SELCO Foundation, and UNHCR—the UN Refugee Agency—to bring renewable energy to families, helping them power up their communities and their future.

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