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Chinese Coal Consumption Just Fell For The First Time This Century

Co Authored by Lauri Myllyvirta, Greenpeace InternationalSources: Compiled from China National Bureau of Statistics and China National Coal Association statistical releases.There may be a light at the end of the long dark tunnel: It appears China's...

Posted August 19, 2014    

On the Contrary World Bank President Dr. Kim, Renewable Energy Is the Future

Photo credit: SELCO IndiaIn the 21st century, it's hard to take anyone seriously who thinks coal, not clean energy, is the future for dynamic, emerging economies. But that's exactly what Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, did this week...

Posted August 11, 2014    

The Next Frontier For Beyond the Grid Solar Markets: 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 very big market. But the size of that market, and its social impact, could...

Posted August 6, 2014    

Four Things The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Can Do For Beyond the Grid Solar

All eyes will be on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington with one question in mind -- will those gathered take steps to move investment beyond the grid? Just last week, Politico reported that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg...

Posted August 4, 2014    

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