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Friday, September 18, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

African Development Bank Seeks to Spur $55 Billion for Energy

Source: Bloomberg

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, who took over this month, said he’s aiming to eliminate Africa’s energy deficit by 2025 by mobilizing $55 billion of investment.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

German Startup Franchises Biogas Bag Business in Africa

Source: Sustainable Brands

German social enterprise B-Energy has developed portable “digester” bags that produce methane gas out of food waste or animal droppings, which can help low-income entrepreneurs in the global South make a living through a franchise model, BBC Newsreports.
Thursday, September 10, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Green Energy for the Poor

Source: The New York Times

An innovative business model combining solar power and cellphones is electrifying parts of rural Africa that are far from the grid.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

West Africa Off-Grid Solar Venture Gets $3.4 Million Investment Boost

Source: PV-Tech

Ghana-based pay-as-you-go solar firm PEG has raised GHS13.2 million (US$3.4 million) to expand its presence in the West African country.
Thursday, September 3, 2015 — Latin America

Iluméxico to Bring Solar Energy to 300,000 in Mexico’s Off-Grid Communities

Source: Press Release

Iluméxico, the Mexican social enterprise focused on solar power, has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to bring its Solar Home Systems to 50,000 off-the-grid rural homes – approximately 300,000 people – by 2020. This commitment includes the creation of 180 new jobs, of which 90 will be designated for women and 70 will be based in rural communities.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

5 African Cleantech Startups You Need To Watch

Source: Forbes

African entrepreneurs and technologists are coming up with solutions to solve their own energy problems.
Thursday, August 13, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A Solar Power-Charging Backpack Made From Recycled Plastic

Source: Forbes

Fledgling social enterprise Rethaka sells backpacks for school kids that do a few things at once: Made from recycled plastic bags, they first of all address the plague of waste from that material. And with a charger powered by solar energy, they provide light for children who lack electricity at home, while also reducing the use of kerosene, which causes a great many accidents and illnesses. Its CEO, 22-year-old Thato Kgatlhanye, founded the company and developed the product, called Repurpose Schoolbags, while attending a university in Johannessburg, South Africa.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

Pope's Climate Push At Odds With U.S. Catholic Oil Investments

Source: Reuters

Pope Francis heartened environmentalists around the world in June when he urged immediate action to save the planet from the effects of climate change, declaring that the use of "highly polluting fossil fuels needs to be progressively replaced without delay."
Thursday, August 6, 2015 — No Region Specified

The $7 trillion solar tsunami in our midst

Source: Eco Business

Solar power costs just keep on falling, and with $7 trillion of investment piling into the sector, the momentum is now unstoppable.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 — No Region Specified

Hewlett Foundation Begins to Distance Itself from Financing Fossil Fuels

Source: Nonprofit Chronicles

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, one of the US’s biggest and most influential foundations, has taken a small step to distance itself from financing fossil fuels.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa: Rural Maubane Receives Solar Powered Health Centre

Source: allAfrica

The North West Department of Health together with Samsung Electronics South Africa have launched a Solar Powered Health Centre (SPHC), which officials says will improve access to specialised healthcare for Maubane residents.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Scatec Solar to Build First Large Scale Solar Plant in West Africa

Source: Biztech Africa

A historic agreement to Build-Own-and Operate West Africa’s first utility-scale solar power plant has been signed by Norwegian company Scatec Solar and its partners, the Malian Ministry of Energy and Water and Electricité du Mali (EDM), the electricity utility of Mali. To be located near the ancient city of Segou in South-East Mali, 240 kms from Bamako, the 33 MW solar project is being developed in partnership with IFC InfraVentures and the local developer Africa Power 1.
Friday, July 3, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Portable Solar Power to the People

Source: BiztechAfrica

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, is commercialising its solar powered portable LED lamps with mobile phone charger, the Mobiya TS 120S, in order to offer innovative, reliable and affordable products to people living without access to electricity.
Friday, June 26, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How Rwanda’s Clinics Have Gone Off-Grid and Onto Renewable Energy

Source: The Conversation

Rwanda is located in the poorest region in the world, sub-Saharan Africa. Despite this, it is making advances with off-grid renewable energy solutions for rural areas that could be a model for similar economies.
Friday, June 26, 2015 — No Region Specified

Technology Billionaire Bill Gates to Double Investment in Clean Energy Projects Over Five Years

Source: International Business Times

Technology billionaire Bill Gates says he’ll plow $2 billion of his own money into breakthrough energy projects that reduce emissions and eschew fossil fuels. The planned investment doubles what Gates already has spent on early-stage energy companies geared to fight climate change, the Financial Times reported Thursday.
Friday, June 19, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Phones4Power: Using Mobile Phones to Run Micro-Grids in Africa

Source: The Guardian

Kenya-based business SteamaCo is harnessing the power of mobile to bring affordable electricity access to rural, off-grid communities. SteamaCo’s smart technology allows solar micro-grid owners to monitor their performance remotely and capture consumer payments via mobile money platforms, thereby overcoming the traditional challenges of keeping grids working reliably and profitably.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why we’re building an investment fund to back solar energy in Africa

Source: Quartz

The near-trillion dollar question is: what kind of power infrastructure should Africa build? Should it replicate the large-scale electricity grids of the developed world, or is there a shorter path to electrifying Africa?
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 — South Asia

Simpa Networks Gets Renewable Energy OPIC Impact Award

Source: CleanTechnica

The energy-poor tend to be among the poorest people in their countries and cannot afford the high upfront costs of a quality solar solution. About 400 million people in India live in remote villages and don’t have access to an electricity grid. Millions more have only very limited access to electricity. Although distributed solar based solutions are available, high up front costs keep them out of reach from many who have limited income and cannot obtain bank financing.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 — South Asia

Priority Status for Solar Power Will Aid Smaller Players

Source: GreentechLead

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) recently revised its priority sector lending (PSL) guidelines. Now medium enterprises, social infrastructure and renewable energy (RE) will form part of priority sector, in addition to the existing categories. This has brought excitement to the stake-holders.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Goodbye, Kerosene: How Solar Could Transform Africa

Source: Mother Nature Network

Africa is in the midst of a technological revolution, and it's increasingly solar powered.
Friday, April 24, 2015 — No Region Specified

GoSun Grill: The Only Solar Cooker That Cooks Day or Night

Source: EcoWatch

Earlier this year, we featured the GoSun Stove, a compact fuel-free cooker powered by nothing more than the sun’s rays. Now, the forward-thinking company is trying to launch their GoSun Grill—a larger and perhaps improved version of the cooker since it feeds many more people.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 — No Region Specified

Solar Crowdfunding: In Need Of A Kickstart

Source: Forbes

Solar power is going intergalactic. In an announcement late last month, SolarCity SCTY +1.77%, the country’s largest installer of rooftop solar arrays, announced that private space company SpaceX had scooped up $90 million of its corporate bonds.
Monday, April 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

Where Is the Rockefeller Family Reinvesting Its Former Oil Holdings?

Source: Barron's Impact Investment Blog

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund—the $866 million-asset foundation started in 1940 by John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s five sons—announced in September that the family would divest itself of all their coal, tar-sands, and fossil-fuel investments held in the fund’s endowment. The eight Rockefeller family trustees on the board decided the fund needed “to better align its endowed assets with its mission” of combating climate change.
Friday, April 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

Wells Fargo Selects Clean Technology Startups for Innovation

Source: 3BL Media

$10 million program to help four winning companies develop energy-efficient smart glass, cooling, battery and smart metering technologies.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 — No Region Specified

The Future of Mobile Money: Building Seamless Financing Options Through Clean Energy

Source: Greentech Media

Clean energy in developing economies rests with a seamless, ubiquitous, easy-to-use financing platform based on energy and mobile money. Wireless credit is a very important piece of that platform.
Thursday, March 26, 2015 — No Region Specified

Sunlabob Renewable Energy Receives $2.1 Million Investment

Source: pv-magazine

Sunlabob Renewable Energy, a Laos-based group that specializes in bringing clean energy solutions to rural communities, has this week secured an impact investment of $2.1 million to enable it to expand its off-grid programs in Asia, Africa and the Pacific region.
Friday, March 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

Muhammad Yunus joins global public awareness campaign for solar

Source: PV Magazine

Visionary social entrepreneur and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus has joined the world's first global public awareness campaign for solar,
Thursday, March 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Solar Expert Joins Microfinance Leader FINCA International's Board of Directors

Source: PR Newswire

FINCA International, a leading microfinance organization based inWashington, D.C., is pleased to welcome Dr. Fred Seymour, a solar energy expert, to its Board of Directors. A pioneer of microfinance, FINCA is actively exploring the development of additional social enterprises that can deliver nonfinancial products and services, starting with solar energy.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 — No Region Specified

Inside Citi’s Plan to Deploy $100 Billion for Cities, Renewables, Climate

Source: GreenBiz

Today, Citi, the global banking giant, is announcing its next-gen sustainability strategy that includes an eye-popping number: $100 billion over 10 years for “lending, investing and facilitating” activities focused on mitigating climate and other sustainability solutions.
Thursday, February 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

Impact Investor Global Partnerships Invests in Solar to Connect the Poor With Light

Source: The Huffington Post

To this day, an estimated 1.3 billion people do not have access to electricity. That is over a billion people who struggle to refrigerate their food and medicine, study at night to further their education, or charge their mobile phones. Electricity is crucial to human well-being and development, and lack of access to it is a huge barrier to overcoming poverty in the developing world.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 — South Asia

Shell Foundation May Invest $75 Million in Clean Energy in India Over Next 5 Years

Source: The Economic Times

Shell Foundation, an independent charity set up by Anglo-Dutch energy group Shell, plans to allocate about half of its $150 million deployable funds in India's clean energy sector over the next five years, a top official said. The foundation may not invest the funds directly into projects but in for-profit companies or financial institutes, which will in turn invest in solutions to make cheap energy options accessible in rural and urban poor areas. "We want to take a marketbased approach where we can fund or forward grants to companies who are directly or indirectly providing the bottom of the pyramid with access to energy," said Pradeep Pursnani, deputy director-chief operating officer at Shell Foundation.
Friday, January 30, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

This 'Eco Stove' Does More Than Cook Your Dinner

Source: CNN

In Uganda, more than 28 million people in the country are without electricity. To put that into perspective, the entire population of the beautiful landlocked east-central African nation is less than 38 million people.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: U.S. Small Business Administration’s Impact Investment Fund Grows Threefold in Last 12 Months

Source: PR Newswire

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that the Impact Investment Fund of the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program has tripled in the last 12 months.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

MIT-USAID Program Releases Pioneering Evaluation of Solar Lanterns

Source: MIT News

When a person lives on less than $2 a day — as some 2.7 billion people around the world do — there isn’t room for a product like a solar lantern or a water filter to fail. It’s a challenge development agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and consumers themselves face every day: With so many products on the market, how do you choose the right one?
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Liter of Light Wins Zayed Future Energy Prize

Source: Zawya

Litre of Light, a project in partnership with PepsiCo that brings cost effective solar lighting solutions to communities in need while recycling plastic bottles, has been honoured as the winning entry in the Zayed Future Energy Prize Non-Profit Organization category.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 — No Region Specified

Schneider Electric Introduces Innovative Solar Street Lights

Source: Thisday Live

Schneider Electric has announced the introduction of a new range of innovative energy efficient maintenance-free Solar Streetlights popularly known as Villaya.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Institutional Investors Making Renewables Key Future Trend

Source: Investments and Pensions Europe

Institutional investors are increasingly aligning their investments with energy technologies of the future, a new report claims.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 — South Asia

SunEdison, Adani to Invest $4 bln in Indian Solar Panel Plant

Source: Reuters

Solar power firm SunEdison and Indian conglomerate Adani Enterprises plan to invest up to $4 billion in what would be one of India's largest solar panel makers, a boost for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he hosts an investment summit. On the sidelines of Modi's Vibrant Gujarat gathering of statesmen and business leaders, the two firms said on Sunday that the new joint venture project would manufacture low-cost photovoltaic solar panels, helping turn sunlight directly into electricity at cheaper rates. Solar energy in India costs up to 50 percent more than power from sources like coal.
Friday, December 19, 2014 — South Asia

Banyan Green raises Rs 1 crore from I3N, other angels

Source: Economic Times

Banyan Green Fuels, a startup that develops customised biofuels for clients, has raised Rs 1 crore from Intellecap Impact Investment Network (I3N) and other angel investors.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 — Latin America

SunEdison, IFC, OFID, and CABEI Close $146M Financing for Solar PV Projects in Honduras Totaling 81.7 MW

Source: Solar Server

SunEdison Inc. (Belmont, CA, US) on December 15th, 2014 announced the closing of an approximately USD 146 million non-recourse debt financing arrangement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).
Monday, December 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda: Phone Charging Made Simple

Source: allAfrica

Rwanda's Henri Nyakarundi founded African Renewable Energy Distributor (ARED) to give renewable energy solutions to the public and private sectors in his home country Rwanda after failing to find a place to charge his phone from. However, he never imagined that his idea would ever cross the border.
Friday, December 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Off-Grid Solar Companies Closed $64M in 2014: The Start of a Bigger Trend?

Source: Greentech Media

Early-stage investments in off-grid solar companies operating in developing countries reached $63.9 million in 2014, according to a tally from Greentech Media.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Solar energy technology for those with no access to electricity

Source: The Guardian

With 1.7 billion people living without access to mains electricity, we look at five solar-powered products that could ease the problems of those 'off the grid'
Thursday, July 24, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

d.light Reaches 500,000th Pay-As-You-Go Customer, Launches Access Initiative

Source: Business Ghana

Company announces strategic focus to scale solar through financing globally
Monday, June 9, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Acumen Joins Power Africa's Beyond the Grid as Founding Partner

Source: Press Release

Acumen is proud to be a founding partner of Beyond the Grid, an innovative framework under President Obama’s Power Africa initiative to increase energy access for underserved populations across sub-Saharan Africa. Beyond the Grid will leverage partnerships with investors and practitioners committing to invest over $1 billion into off-grid and small scale solutions for this underserved market.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Africa: Private Capital Fuels Power Production - U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz

Source: AllAfrica

The theme of the energy ministerial is 'Catalyzing Sustainable Energy Growth in Africa'. The 'Electrify Africa' legislation sponsored by Republican Representative Ed Royce, with 117 bipartisan cosponsors, calls for a comprehensive U.S. policy to promote more access to electricity across Africa. It passed the U.S. House of Representatives on 8 May and now goes to the Senate for consideration. What can you tell us about it?
Friday, May 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Canada’s SkyPower In $5bn Deal For Renewable Energy In Nigeria

Source: Ventures

VENTURES AFRICA – Following an agreement with Delta State, one of Nigeria’s largest oil producing regions, SkyPower, a Canadian power firm focused on solar energy projects, will be investing $5 billion in developing a 3000MW solar-powered electricity facility.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

How Crowdfunding Solar Power is Democratizing the Way we Finance Clean Energy

Source: Tech Republic

Crowdfunding campaigns for solar power are gaining traction. Pioneering startups like Mosaic are changing how we finance renewable energy.
Monday, March 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Uganda's Newest Utility: Pay-as-you-go Solar Power

Source: Voice of America

In Uganda, telecom provider MTN and a company called Fenix are gearing up this year for a nationwide rollout of pre-paid electricity, similar to pre-paid airtime, but using solar kits. Uganda has one of the lowest electrification rates in Africa - a continent where some 600 million people are off the power grid.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

A Crowdfunding Site For High-Impact Solar Projects

Source: Clean Technica

Lack of access to financing can keep many otherwise worthy solar energy projects from being built in poor and underserved areas, but a solar crowdfunding site is helping to connect individual investors with solar energy businesses and working to bring affordable solar energy to communities around the world.
Monday, January 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Can Crowdfunding Help Cleantech Ride the Big Data Wave?

Source: The Energy Collective

"Big data is a coming wave of 'green gold,'" says Nick Eisenberger of Pure Energy Partners."Information technology will be the most powerful tool to address resource challenges in our lifetime."
Thursday, January 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

Financial innovations spur renewable energy investment in global markets

Source: pv magazine

Investment firms, financiers and energy companies around the globe are introducing innovative new funding vehicles aimed at renewable energy investment.
Monday, October 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

A Social Entrepreneur's Inspiration For Solar-Powered Lighting

Source: Forbes

Solar-powered light bulbs for the poor: A growing number of social enterprises are selling such technology to bottom of the pyramid households in Africa, India and other countries. One of the first to do so, Denver-based Nokero (for No Kerosene) just introduced its next generation of products, as it works to make the company’s management more professional–and able to grow the enterprise even more. A little more background on the issue: Around 1.3 billion of world’s population lacks access to reliable electricity. Most of them use kerosene lamps, which are very very very expensive compared to incandescent lamps, (people spend as much as 30% of their income on kerosene-based fuels, according to Nokero), cause deadly fires (If you live without electricity, you’re seven times more likely to die by fire than someone with electricity, according to Katsaros), and contribute to air pollution. They don’t produce a whole heck of a lot of light, either
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

RBC inks first deal for its Social Finance initiative, investing $500,000 in MaRS Cleantech Fund

Source: Press Release

MaRS Discovery District today announced that the RBC Generator, the impact investing arm of RBC's Social Finance initiative, has invested $500,000 in the MaRS Cleantech Fund, Canada's most active dedicated early-stage cleantech venture fund. This is the first deal announced through the RBC initiative. Launched in 2012, the MaRS Cleantech Fund aims to provide early-stage funding to companies developing next-generation clean technology breakthroughs with global markets, deep intellectual property and capital-lean business models.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

Developing world may overtake West in green energy stakes

Source: The Irish Times

A ‘geographic shift’ in renewable investment is under way, with the east and south taking the lead.
Thursday, July 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

Self-Healing Hydrogen Leaf Could Power the World

Source: Mashable

There are plenty of scientists out there trying to solve our impending energy crisis. Many of their creations never leave the lab. Here's one that is on its way to commercialization — and just fixed one of its biggest problems.
Thursday, July 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

Crowdfunding Power: Solving Climate Change and Other Community Needs

Source: 3BL Media/Justmeans

Crowdfunding could be an incredibly powerful way to deliver a decentralised energy system.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenyan pay-as-you-go solar company wins global green energy award

Source: Biztech Africa

Azuri Technologies – a company that gives Kenyan households pay-as-you-go access to solar power, is the winner of the 2013 Ashden Award, the world’s leading green energy prize.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 — South Asia

Poverty alleviation: Villagers thrive by using alternative energy

Source: The Express Tribune

Farmers in Ahmadwala, a village some 40 kilometres to the west of Lahore, are no longer worried about power outages affecting their livelihoods.
Friday, June 28, 2013 — South Asia

Renewable energy marks Kerry visit to India

Source: Devex

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up on Tuesday his first visit to India with the highlight of a $100 million loan guarantee program by USAID on private sector financing for clean energy under the Development Credit Authority.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa ‘needs coherent energy policy’

Source: Business Day

Sout Africa must create a coherent energy policy or it will continue to struggle to rely on power utility Eskom and millions of South Africans will remain in energy poverty, World Energy Council head Christoph Frei said on Tuesday.
Friday, January 11, 2013 — South Asia

The Bottom Three Billion: How One Clean Tech Company Serves the Poor

Source: Forbes

In 2007, a married couple with well-paid tech jobs in Singapore saw a prototype of a Japanese electric car and had a revelation. An electric car could be run for a tenth the price of a comparable one fueled by gas. The couple wondered: Could they create an electric motorbike for the masses in their home country of India? “This hit my mind like anything. This is the future,” Pachyappa Bala, the husband of the couple, remembered thinking at the time.
Monday, January 7, 2013 — No Region Specified

GravityLight: the low-cost lamp powered by sand and gravity

Source: The Guardian

Two London designers have developed a gravity-powered lamp that could sell for as little as £3, bringing light to remote regions in developing countries
Thursday, December 13, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How to Light Africa Within a Decade

Source: Forbes

Today, when the sun goes down in Africa, over 150 million homes will not turn on the lights. The reason is simple: they don’t have electricity. Instead, they will extend their day by the dim light of kerosene lamps. Families will huddle around these lamps, inhaling the lung-burning equivalent of two packs of cigarettes each from kerosene fumes.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 — South Asia

Panasonic lanterns 'to regain market'

Source: BDNews24

Osaka, Dec 10 ( – Electronics giant Panasonic will launch solar lanterns for un-electrified areas in developing countries by early next year as it shifts its businesses to eco-technologies to bring back the losing markets by 2018, its 100th anniversary.
Thursday, December 6, 2012 — South Asia

Solar Energy Brings Power to Rural India

Source: Triple Pundit

In Central India, far from the grid of power lines, telephone poles and power transformers an electrical experiment has been taking place. For the last year, the village of Meerwada has been learning to live with solar energy. Located some 90 minutes from the nearest city by way of a rocky 4×4 dirt road, this small town sits on the cutting edge of a modern-day industrial revolution.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ecobank, IHS seal $202m deal for mobile network in Cameroun, Côte d’Ivoire

Source: The Guardian Nigeria

THE investment profile of the pan-African bank, Ecobank Group, may have risen with the signing of a syndicated loan facility with IHS Holding Limited, for the mobile tower investment and solar energy projects in Cameroun and Côte d’Ivoire.
Monday, November 26, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Enter the iShack, a possible answer to improving Africa’s slums

Source: How We Made it in Africa

For those who aren’t familiar with South Africa’s informal settlements, it is estimated that seven million South Africans live in shacks in the country’s many “squatter camps” located around all major cities.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 — South Asia

Student Social Entrepreneurs from India Win the 2012 Intel Global Challenge

Source: Social Enterprise Buzz

With a “jugaad” mindset embedded in the culture, India has no shortage of social innovators cooking up solutions to the world’s ills. As a matter of fact, the Greenway Grameen Infra (GGI) team from India has just been announced as the winners of the 2012 Intel Global Challenge at UC Berkeley, receiving $50,000 from the Intel Foundation on their invention of a biomass-based stove that increases fuel efficiency.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Four African Teenagers Create Power From Pee

Source: Fast Company

A group of African girls have made an engine that runs on a truly renewable resource: human urine.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda to develop off-grid lighting


LAGOS, Nigeria, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Approximately 85 percent of Rwanda's population has no access to the electricity grid, leading energy officials to seek "off-grid" solutions. GVEP International, a charity that battles poverty and climate change by promoting access to modern and renewable energy sources, has produced a report outlining investment possibilities in Rwanda's off-grid electrical sector, which includes solar lanterns and solar photovoltaic systems.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 — South Asia

Will invest US $ 1 bn in India for inclusive growth and climate change: Karin Finkelston

Source: Business Standard

A member of World Bank Group, International Finance Corporation (IFC) has chalked out its investment plans for India focusing mainly on the renewable energy sources and targeting the bottom of the pyramid. Karin Finkelston, vice president, Asia Pacific talks to Rutam Vora on IFC's investment plans in India during the current year. Edited excerpts:
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 — South Asia

Symbiosis Project to Help Light Up Village Homes

Source: The Times of India

PUNE: Students from the Social Entrepreneurship and Consulting Cell of Symbiosis Institute of Business Management ( SIBM) have come up with a project to provide low-cost lighting units to rural households without electricity.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 — No Region Specified

Citi Leads Investment in SJF's New Fund

Source: The Wall Street Journal

he team at SJF Ventures had to undergo federal background checks, submit fingerprints and provide 20 references each in order to obtain a license from the Small Business Administration for its new nationally focused impact investment fund, SJF Ventures III LP. The fund could be a potential new funding source for some start-ups with a social good focus.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 — Asia Pacific

ADB Plans to Invest $100M in Environment Fund

Source: Inquirer Business

The Asian Development Bank is expected to invest about $100 million in a multinational fund that will be put up to boost investments in environment-related technologies and projects in developing countries like the Philippines.
Monday, March 5, 2012 — South Asia

Solar-Powered Micro Grids Change Lives of Indian Villagers

Source: Treehugger

In Uttar Pradesh, one of India's poorest states, a pair of US-born entrepreneurs is creating a new model for energy delivery to villages far from the grid. The founders of Mera Gao Power build and operate solar-powered micro grids to provide low-cost lighting and mobile phone charging to village houses, giving many rural people access to both light and power for the first time in their lives.
Friday, February 24, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya: Total's Solar Kits Target Poor Households

Source: allAfrica

Total Kenya is banking on portable solar kits for lighting and charging of mobile phones to break into the Kenyan renewable energy market.
Friday, February 17, 2012 — No Region Specified

E+Co Announces Plans to Scale Up Clean Energy Investments

Source: Press Release

E+Co, the non-profit leader in clean energy investing in small and medium enterprises in emerging markets, announced today that it will phase out its innovations unit to solely focus on and scale up clean energy investments in developing markets.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Truly Local Power: African Wind Turbines Built From Scrap

Source: FastCo.Exist

Wind power isn’t used much in the developing world, since a turbine is much more expensive than a solar panel. But Access:energy is flipping that equation by finding ways to build the turbines in the communities where they’re needed.
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