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Can PRI Finance Unlock Clean Energy Access?

April 15, 2015 by Justin Guay

Clean Energy Access and Financing

Access to finance is the largest barrier to ending energy poverty for millions around the world - and foundation capital may be critical to overcoming it. So, with little fanfare Swiss fund manager Responsability unveiled a milestone for clean energy access markets - the first dedicated debt fund totaling $30 million.[read more]

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Key Challenges to Energy Access in the Developing World [VIDEO]

April 1, 2015 by Patricia Levi
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Developing World Energy Access

Two videos that were compiled from a discussion panel on the subject of energy for human development illustrate many of the key themes and challenges that are involved in providing better and more reliable energy access to developing countries.[read more]

Who Could Benefit Most from Fair Electricity Pricing? Low-Income Customers

March 30, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Energy Pricing Reform

Urban dwellers, for whom mass transit is a central part of daily life and owning your own rooftop is less common, may view electric cars, rooftop solar, battery storage, and on-site energy generation as appealing, but also abstractions more suitable for upstate homeowners than those living in the city.[read more]

SunEdison's Next Market: Solar Minigrids and Micropower Stations for the Energy Poor

March 7, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

In a conference room in Manhattan, large screens glowed with the SunEdison logo. The gathering was not a sales pitch for SunEdison, argued CEO Ahmad Chatila. “We hope next year there will be many more companies here with us, and more after that,” Chatila told the audience during an impromptu address.[read more]

Let's Talk About Solar Energy and Equity

February 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Solar and Energy Equity

We need to have “the talk” about solar power and equity, because ignoring uncomfortable questions will invite misinformation and bad decisions. We need an informed dialogue about how local solar power can impact low-income communities and communities of color in the U.S.[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]

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]

A Time For Giving: Help End Energy Poverty

January 3, 2015 by David Lawrence

Today, in this rapidly expanding world, 1.3 billion people have no access to electricity, and nearly 900 million still use unsafe drinking water. More than 2.5 billion people still rely on biomass, like wood and dung, for cooking. Energy is crucial to lift people from a life of hardship and poverty.[read more]

Did OPIC Just Finish A Watershed Beyond The Grid Solar Deal?

December 23, 2014 by Justin Guay

Off Grid Solar and OPIC

2014 was a breakout year for beyond the grid clean energy investment with at least $64 million invested. But the debt needed to scale successful companies is still all but absent. Which means whomever unlocks this debt unlocks scale, and that means powering hundreds of millions of lives.[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]

Why the Phrase 'Energy Leapfrogging' Is Misleading

November 26, 2014 by Catherine Wolfram
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Energy Leapfrogging?

A recent Business Week column on India described, “leapfrogging the nation’s ailing power-distribution infrastructure with solar-powered local networks — the same way mobile-phones have enabled people in poor, remote places to bypass landlines.” But there a difference between cell phones and solar panels.[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]