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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    

Big Banks Propping Up Coal Industry to the Tune of $89 Billion

Co-authored by Yann Louvel, Climate and Energy Campaign coordinator at Banktrack.After nearly destroying the global financial system, big international banks are yet again undermining international stability, this time by underwriting the coal...

Posted December 13, 2014    

India's 'Airpocalypse' Could Kill 229,000 People Every Year

If India proceeds to build all proposed coal-fired power plants, the country may face a quarter million deaths every single year - and its own coal-fueled "airpocalypse." That's the stark findings of the latest report from India-based Conservation...

Posted December 11, 2014    

Holiday Season Brings Big Developments for International Coal Financing

Co-authored with Nicole Ghio, Sierra Club International Climate ProgramWhile we were celebrating the start of the holiday season last week, there were a lot of big developments around the world to be thankful for, and a few to be wary of. As the...

Posted December 5, 2014    

The World's First Rural Feed-In Tariff?

How do we move clean energy access beyond just a light bulb? With millions of dollars in new investment capping a record year for beyond the grid solar markets, that's the question many are now asking. This record investment is building markets,...

Posted November 24, 2014    

Despite Crackdown, Indian Courts Side With Public Health Against Coal

In a huge victory for local communities, public health, and the rule of law, yet another enormous proposed coal plant has been denied clearance in India. In another major setback for the expansion of the coal industry, a panel of judges rejected...

Posted November 17, 2014    

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

Co-authored with Vrinda Manglik, Sierra Club Associate Campaign Representative, International Clean Energy AccessPhoto courtesy of GSMAWhile investments are continuing to flow into beyond the grid clean energy markets, most public institutions are...

Posted November 11, 2014    

Five Principles For Taming the Wild West of Beyond the 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 Sierra Club's latest report -- Expanding Energy...

Posted October 30, 2014