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Solar Pumps: India's Potential to Link Electricity Access and Irrigation Needs?

February 26, 2015 by Varun Mehra

India Energy Access and Irrigation

Over 300 million people in India lack access to electricity. Increasing energy access has become an economic opportunity, with companies providing off-grid (i.e., solar lanterns or solar home systems) or microgrid solutions (localized, small-scale generation typically serving residential loads).[read more]

Can Ending Energy Poverty Abroad Create Jobs at Home?

February 17, 2015 by Justin Guay
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Energy Poverty Progress and Job Creation

An innovative American company called All Power Labs has a creative and interesting approach to tackling the challenge of energy poverty, one that has turned existing ideas about development aid and manufacturing jobs on their head.[read more]

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Energy Access in Space: The Final Frontier in an Electrification Debate

February 11, 2015 by Zak Accuardi
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Electricity Access and the Future

When it comes to bringing electricity to all, opinions differ on the ideal solution. Energy specialists think about density. Economists think about cost. Planners think about space. And the energy world needs more planners because space seems to have been lost in the electricity access conversation.[read more]

Energy Access: The First Fridge in Town

February 9, 2015 by David Hone
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Energy Access and Technology

Santosh Chowdhury, a gentleman who lives in the village of Rameshwarpur in India, had just bought a fridge, which may seem uninteresting, but it was the first fridge in his village. The thing about refrigeration that is different than almost any other domestic energy consuming device: it requires reliable 24/7 electricity.[read more]

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Off-Grid Energy in India: Identifying Early Adopter Markets

January 21, 2015 by Yael Borofsky

Off-Grid Energy Adopton in India

The potential market for off-grid electricity in India is large, with more than 300 million people living without access to electricity. With such an expansive market, how do enterprises decide where and how to focus? We advocate that entrepreneurs use an analytical approach to choosing the area of operation.[read more]

Political Accountability in Uttar Pradesh: Why Is the Government Not Enabling Basic Electricity Access?

January 20, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen

Electricity Access and Government Development

Uttar Pradesh has in recent years made progress in rural electrification, but the reality is that village electrification does not say much about electricity access in the households. There is a real need for innovations by social scientists to strengthen the accountability of politicians to the local population.[read more]

Are Private Markets Effective for Rural Electrification?

January 13, 2015 by Becky Mawhood
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Almost 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity. According to the IEA universal energy access could be achieved across the region by 2030, but rural electrification would require investment of around $20 billion per year.[read more]

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On Educating an Interdisciplinary Generation of Energy Access Experts

January 8, 2015 by Lily Mwalenga
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Energy Access Education

Achieving universal energy access will require the application of diverse expertise in a relatively coordinated way. This diversity presents a unique opportunity and challenge for educators, who will need to engage students from different backgrounds under a unifying framework.[read more]

Off-Grid Solar Power for Rural India: What Say the Customers?

January 7, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen
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In the past five years, off-grid solar power as a strategy of rural electrification has become a popular idea — and for a good reason. And while off-grid solar power is far from replacing grid extension as the main mode of rural electrification, it can no longer be dismissed as a trivial strategy.[read more]

New York State Public Service Commission Action Will Help Tenants, Low-Income Customers, and Others Lacking Rooftop Access Go Solar

January 5, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Solar Energy and Acess

 

Offsite solar (and other small-scale renewables) projects will bring to New Yorkers all the great benefits that clean energy has to offer—pollution-free power; new, good-paying jobs; significant cost-savings on electricity. These projects will be supported by residential and business customers alike.[read more]

Grid Governance: Are Solar Microgrids a Step on the Ladder Towards Grid Access?

December 18, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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Microgrids and Electricity Access

In July, Greenpeace installed a solar/battery microgrid in the village of Dharnai in eastern India. The 100-kilowatt system was designed to provide power for the village’s residents, businesses, and schools. A few months later, the government utility extended the national grid and made the solar microgrid obsolete.[read more]

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Beyond Electrification: Why Fuels Matter for Energy Access

December 10, 2014 by Angi Acocella
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Energy Access and Clean Fuels

Though awareness of energy access challenges in developing countries grows, most of the attention goes to electricity. The statistics on access to clean cooking and heating fuels are just as, if not more staggering as the electrification challenge. Ensuring access to modern fuels demands as much urgency.[read more]

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What Does 'Energy Access' Even Mean Anyway?

November 25, 2014 by Patricia Levi
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Energy for Human Development

What does it mean for a household or business in a developing country to have electricity access? This apparently simple question has a complex and contested answer. How electricity access is defined has important implications for what types of interventions planners design for future electrification progress.[read more]

A Development-Savvy Climate Strategy for India

October 22, 2014 by Durwood Zaelke
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India Development Strategy

During his first official visit to the U.S., India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, met with President Obama, as well as with CEOs of top U.S. corporations, to encourage investment to support India's development goals, which include providing renewable energy for the 400 million citizens who lack access today.[read more]

Former Indian Minister for Rural Development Discusses India's 'Growth Imperative' and Energy Future

October 17, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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India Growth and Planning

Former Indian Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh gave a talk at MIT entitled “The Growth Imperative: Plotting a Sustainable Energy Future for India.” Ramesh drew on his years of experience as a leader in the Indian government to discuss India's energy policies and plans.[read more]