Member Highlights — September 2015

Practitioner Network member We Care Solar wins $1 million “Powering the Future We Want” award

We Care Solar, a non-profit organization that promotes safe motherhood and reduces maternal mortality in developing regions by providing health workers with reliable lighting, mobile communication, and blood bank refrigeration using solar electricity, was announced as the recipient of the inaugural USD 1 million Energy Grant “Powering the Future We Want – Recognizing Innovative Practices in Energy for Sustainable Development” launched by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) this year. The grant aims to fund capacity development activities on energy for sustainable development. We Care Solar is a long-time member of the Practitioner Network – two other Practitioner Network members, SolarAid and Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF), were also among the 12 finalists for the UNDESA grant. You can find the press release here and the video of the ceremony here.

UpEnergy was funded by Global HearthWorks Foundation

UpEnergy, a Uganda-based clean-energy startup, has closed a new debt investment deal with Global Hearthworks Foundation, VC4africa reported. The new debt investment is aimed at boosting UpEnergy’s distribution channel by allowing it to establish partnerships and drive sub-regional presence.

Little Sun is releasing Little Sun Charge, a solar phone charger and light

LittleSun is crowdfunding via Kickstarter to finance its newest product– learn more here. LittleSun have already raised almost four times their fundraising goal so far.

UGE installs streetlights in Zimbabwe and launches UGE onDEMAND

UGE has completed the initial installation phase of a large solar streetlight project in Harare, Zimbabwe. The lights save the government 50% compared with traditional streetlights, and are far more resilient. Second and third installation phases are planned prior to the end of 2015 in Harare and Victoria Falls. Read more about the planned activities here.

UGE has also launched UGE onDEMAND, a complete energy storage solution powered by Samsung’s leading battery technology. UGE onDEMAND offers a unique solution, including energy arbitrage, grid resilience and maximizing solar PV.

Nokero Wins Advanced Industries Grant

Nokero recently won a $250,000 Advanced Industries grant from the state of Colorado. The grant will be used to expand our business operations. Nokero is now in the process of raising matching funds.
Read the press release here.

Renewable Assets To Build 20MW Solar System in Vientiane, Lao; Completes Solar System in Maryland, US

Renewable Assets  has signed an agreement to develop and build the first large-scale grid tied solar system in the Southeast Asian Country of Lao. The 20MW, ground mounted system will be built on a parcel of land, approximately ten miles, from the capital city of Vientiane and will interconnect directly into a newly constructed substation, 4km from the site. Renewable Assets is also pleased to announce the completion of Maryland’s largest, ground mounted solar system. The 7.5MW project was completed in three months and interconnects directly into an onsite substation.

SunSaluter is a finalist in the MIT Climate CoLab Energy Water Nexus Challenge

Learn more and help them win by voting here.