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New Tools and Resources — January 2016

The Energy Access Practitioner Network Investment Directory: a Billion Dollar Investment Opportunity

The recently released 2015 Investment Directory and new investment portal released by the United Nations Foundation in Paris in December at COP21 highlights a range of financing opportunities presented by more than 200 members of the energy access practitioner network providing a range of decentralized renewable energy solutions, including a special focus on mini/micro grids companies.

Sector funding needs as reported by the 210 member respondents for the next 12-24 months collectively amounted to a total of more than US $1.3 billion of which approximately $500 million of funding needs were attributed to mini/micro grid companies and projects. A copy of the report is available here and the interactive investment portal can be accessed here.


Clean Energy Mini-grids Newsletter

The first edition of the new quarterly  Clean Energy Mini/Micro-grids newsletter is now available, showcasing innovative business models, financing opportunities, tools and events in the clean energy mini-grids sector. The Newsletter is produced by the UN Foundation on behalf of the Sustainable Energy for All High Impact Opportunity on Clean Energy Mini-grids, with support from the World Bank.

Sing up to receive the Newsletter at www.energyaccess.org/news/minigrid-newsletter Contact us at minigridnews@unfoundation.org with questions, comments, potential contributions and/or suggestions of items you would like to see covered in the Newsletter.


The Clean Energy Finance Solutions Center

The newly launched Clean Energy Finance Solutions Center, part of the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Clean Energy Solutions Center, offers policymakers, practitioners and finance stakeholders a centralized source of information and expert advice on a broad range of clean energy finance instruments. The Finance Solutions Center offers help to governments and practitioners to identify appropriate finance mechanisms and to design and implement policies to reduce risk and encourage private sector investment. The intent is to help to drive the transition to a clean energy economy at the speed and scale necessary to meet local development needs, and address global challenges. Learn more about the Clean Energy Solutions Center expansion here and visit the Clean Energy Solutions Center here. For further details, contact: Victoria Healey and Bethany Speer.


GOGLA Aligns with IRIS on Standardized Impact Metrics

The Global Off-Grid Lighting Association, GOGLA has announced its alignment with the IRIS initiative on a set of standardized impact metrics to understand the impact of the off-grid energy sector. Organizations including manufacturers, distributors, multilateral programs, and industry groups can adopt this set of core metrics as a key piece of reporting. The standardized framework enables industry-wide aggregation and confers credibility on the results of off-grid energy enterprises. Ultimately, this standardized reporting and benchmarking will help attract investment and working capital, and will drive policy discussion, advocacy efforts, and other initiatives to help strengthen the sector. For further information on how you can contribute to the data collection process please email info@gogla.org. For more information on the set of aligned metrics please visit here.


D-Lab Off-Grid Energy Group launches Solar Lighting Product Comparison Resource

The D-Lab Off-Grid Energy Group has released a new online resource, the Solar Lighting Product Comparison, through which consumers and distributors can compare more than 55 products ranging from solar lanterns used for basic lighting needs to solar power and lighting systems with the capability to power appliances such as mobile phones, radios, fans, and TVs, in addition to providing lighting.