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Move Over World Bank: Bilateral Institutions Lead Investment Beyond the Grid

November 11, 2014 by Justin Guay

Development and Energy Investment

The Sierra Club and Oil Change International recently released an assessment of multilateral development banks' investment beyond the grid, and the findings aren't good. While investments are continuing to flow into beyond the grid clean energy markets, most public institutions are missing in action.[read more]

Five Principles For Taming the Wild West of Beyond the Grid Clean Energy Policy

October 30, 2014 by Justin Guay

Off Grid Clean Energy Policy

Misguided and inappropriate safeguards threaten to handicap some of the most dynamic and innovative approaches to ending energy poverty for 1.3 billion people around the world. That's the finding of a report which proposes five policy principles to ensure clean energy access markets thrive.[read more]

Millions in New Investment Cap Record Year for Beyond the Grid Solar Markets

October 28, 2014 by Justin Guay

Off Grid Solar Development and Investment

It has been a record year for beyond the grid solar investment. Over $45 million in investments have closed in the past year, including: $1.8 million for plug and play solar provider BBOXX, $11 million for industry pioneer d.light, and $20 million for mobile money pioneer M-KOPA.[read more]

The Next Frontier For Beyond the Grid Solar Markets: Big Data

August 6, 2014 by Justin Guay

Solar Development and Big Data

 

When it comes to energy access, we're fond of saying small is big. That's because all those small scale solar lanterns, solar home systems, and solar mini-grids add up to a big market. But the size of that market could well be dwarfed by an even larger opportunity the solar revolution is engendering.[read more]

President Obama and Private Investors Move $1 Billion Beyond the Grid

June 11, 2014 by Justin Guay

For a while it seemed as though the Power Africa Initiative was more about powering oil and gas profits than delivering energy access to those that need it most. However, thanks to recent bipartisan leadership in the House of Representatives, this threat has passed.[read more]

$45 Million Flows to Off-Grid Solar in Past Four Months

May 9, 2014 by Justin Guay

Off-Grid Solar Financing

The off-grid solar market is booming. From Tower Power to pay-as-you-go solar, previously untapped clean energy markets are being unlocked by innovative businesses. Now, investors are sitting up and taking notice. In just the past four months, almost $45 million has been invested.[read more]

What d.light's $11 Million Investment Means for Off Grid Solar Energy

March 6, 2014 by Justin Guay
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Off Grid Solar Investment

From sub-Saharan Africa to Bangladesh the off grid solar market is posting eye popping growth rates. But despite that impressive performance access to finance has choked the sector's ability to truly scale. That's why a new Series C investment in industry leader d.light is worth paying attention to.[read more]