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Will Data Unlock Billions in Solar Investment for the Poor?

When it comes to unlocking solar for the world's poor it's all about the money. That's why this week's announcement that beyond the grid solar firm BBOXX will lead the industry's first ever securitization is really big news. Because despite...

Posted December 17, 2015    

3 Ways Public Dollars Can Embrace Risk, Catalyze Emerging Market Clean Energy

It's easy to feel as though clean tech is an unstoppable juggernaut when you see unfathomably large clean energy targets in emerging markets like India. But the truth is, clean tech is not unstoppable. And unless those of us with mandates that go...

Posted October 7, 2015    

Can Climate Advocates Innovate?

When it comes to climate change we are winning battles but losing the war. If we want to change our trajectory and solve a problem as complex as this, breakthrough innovation - in technology, business, governance, finance, and civil society - is...

Posted September 1, 2015    

Why Should Climate Philanthropy Care About Energy Access?

Investing in clean energy access provides a disruptive opportunity to revolutionize electricity systems and get on the right side of the politics of development -- philanthropy just hasn't realized it yet.To be fair, philanthropy needs to step up it...

Posted July 2, 2015    

Will Silicon Valley Take On Clean Energy Access?

With interest from Elon Musk to a16z's Steven Sinofsky, momentum in Silicon Valley may be heading in an unlikely direction -- towards addressing energy poverty. Energy poverty, which affects 1.2 billion people around the world who lack access to...

Posted May 29, 2015    

A Call to Foundations to Step Up Giving, Act on Climate

It's time foundations stepped up their game when it comes to climate. That's the message from two foundations that have invested big in climate: Larry Kramer and Carol Larson of the Hewlett and Packard Foundations. They delivered their message in...

Posted April 30, 2015    

Can PRI Finance Unlock Clean Energy Access?

Photo courtesy of UK DFID Access to finance is the largest near term barrier to ending energy poverty for hundreds of millions around the world - and foundation capital may be critical to overcoming it. With conspicuously little fanfare Swiss...

Posted April 15, 2015    

Can Ending Energy Poverty Abroad Create Jobs at Home?

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

Posted February 17, 2015    

Is the IFC Finally Moving Solar Investment Beyond the Grid?

Photo courtesy of Mathieu YoungInvestment in beyond-the-grid clean energy has been growing steadily, albeit with the world's foremost development institution, the World Bank, missing in action. Last fall, the Sierra Club and Oil Change...

Posted February 9, 2015    

What Fenix International's Investment Says About Solar Beyond the Grid in 2015

We're only one month into 2015 and it already looks like it'll be a wild ride when it comes to investment in solar energy beyond the grid. I say that because I recently sat down with a private equity investor who has been interested in beyond the...

Posted February 4, 2015    

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

Access to finance is the single largest barrier hindering clean energy access beyond the grid -- but the tide may be turning. 2014 was a breakout year for beyond the grid clean energy investment with at least $64 million invested, according to...

Posted December 23, 2014    

Will World Bank President Dr. Kim Go the Last Mile for Clean Energy Access?

Co-authored with Vrinda Manglik, Associate Campaign Representative, International Clean Energy AccessThe World Bank is failing to invest enough resources in clean energy access -- but Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim now has the opportunity to change...

Posted December 19, 2014