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Why VATs on Solar Energy Hinder Progress on Energy Poverty

Co-authored by Vrinda Manglik, International Clean Energy Access, Sierra ClubPhoto courtesy of SolarAidWhat difference can a value added tax make to the lives of those living in energy poverty? A big one. Currently, many countries in sub-Saharan...

Posted July 28, 2014    

'Pay-As-You-Go' Solar Financing Hits New Milestone

We've said it before and we'll say it again: pay-as-you-go solar is the future for those working beyond the grid. From Pakistan to Kenya, anecdotal reports have trickled in that pay-as-you-go solar finance -- the off-grid solar market's version of...

Posted July 24, 2014    

Selling Solar in India Through the Lens of Google Glass

Co-authored by Vrinda Manglik, Sierra Club, and Andrew Satter, Center for American Progress Solar power is the key to ending energy poverty. No, this isn't some out-of-touch Silicon Valley pipe dream. Innovative companies like Simpa Networks and...

Posted July 15, 2014    

Off-Grid, Clean Energy Access Market Valued at $12 Billion

Co-authored with Vrinda Manglik, Associate Campaign Representative, International Clean Energy Access One in five people around the world, approximately 1.3 billion people, lack access to electricity. The Sierra Club is released a new report -- "...

Posted June 23, 2014    

The ADB's Dirty Little Coal Secret

Co-authored by Aviva Imhof, The Sunrise Project Australia Lurking beneath the Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s clean energy exterior is a dirty secret: Despite their promises to bring clean energy in the Asia-Pacific region, ADB continues to be one...

Posted June 21, 2014    

Four Lessons Pakistan's Off-Grid Solar Market Can Teach the World

Co-authored with Vrinda Manglik, Associate Campaign Representative, International Clean Energy AccessPhoto courtesy of EcoEnergy When it comes to the off-grid solar market, the South Asian countries you normally hear about are India and Bangladesh....

Posted June 18, 2014    

'Pay-As-You-Go' Solar Energy Companies Win National Geographic Terra Watt Prize

Co-authored with Vrinda Manglik, Associate Campaign Representative, International Clean Energy AccessJust as solar leasing from the likes of SolarCity unlocked the solar market in the U.S., pay as you go solar providers are unlocking solar power for...

Posted June 16, 2014    

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

Co-authored by Vrinda Manglik 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...

Posted June 11, 2014    

Modi's Solar Lining?

Co-authored by Vrinda Manglik Narendra Modi has secured India's prime minister position with a sweeping mandate. What that mandate will bring is an open question. Many have serious concerns about Modi's human rights record in Gujarat, while...

Posted June 9, 2014    

An Off-Grid Solar Energy Angels List?

Co-authored by Vrinda Manglik Finance, finance, finance. That's the number one obstacle between where our energy market is today and where we need it to be: clean energy services for all 1.2 billion people currently without energy access around the...

Posted June 6, 2014    

Will SunFunder Unlock $1 Billion in Off-Grid Solar Venture Debt?

In a recent piece on early stage cleantech investing, Rob Day of Black Coral Capital had some excellent advice - look beyond traditional venture capital. It turns out that is sound advice for off-grid solar companies as well. In just the past...

Posted May 29, 2014    

China's Thirst for Coal is Drying Up

Co-authored by Fang Lifeng, Greenpeace East Asia As the 'airpocalypse' news out of China continues to grow, what we predicted more than a year ago is now increasingly obvious - China's seemingly endless coal demand is a myth, and the Chinese coal...

Posted May 21, 2014