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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 — No Region Specified

Ex-Duke CEO: Here's how to power the world

Source: USA Today

Jim Rogers spent 25 years as the chief executive of electric and natural gas utilities in the U.S., the last seven as head of Duke Energy, the biggest electric power company in the country. Now, in his retirement from the energy business, Rogers has taken on a new mission: Bringing electricity to the 1.2 billion people in the world who live without it.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Tech-based social solutions competition looking for nominations

Source: Social Story

The competition, organized by Siemens Stiftung, seeks to identify innovative technical solutions to tackle global challenges in basic supply in the developing world.
Monday, August 24, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

To save forests, a tea factory brews up a new way to dry tea

Source: Christian Science Monitor/Thomson Reuters Foundation

The first thing that strikes you as you enter the Makomboki Tea Factory is the air. It's clear, absent of the dark smoke that billows from the boilers of Kenya's other tea factories. Of the 66 tea factories under the management of the Kenya Tea Development Authority, Makomboki is the only one that doesn't use firewood in the processing of its tea.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

Norwegian fund giant to sell its stakes in companies over environmental concerns

Source: CBC

Norway's $1.15 trillion Cdn sovereign-wealth oil fund announced this week that it will sell its stakes in four Asian companies over environmental concerns, underlining how willing it is to take an activist approach to companies that fail to meet its ethical standards.
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.
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.
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 16, 2015 — No Region Specified

White House rallies investors to commit $4 billion to clean energy

Source: Reuters

The White House has pushed foundations, institutional investors and philanthropies to commit more than $4 billion to clean energy projects and help fight climate change, doubling a goal set in February, officials said.
Friday, June 12, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Acumen makes first cookstove investment with Burn Manufacturing

Source: Press Release

Acumen announces its new investment in BURN Manufacturing, a cookstove company that aims to transform the lives of Kenyans with its low-cost, energy-efficient design.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Sustainable Innovation, Minus the Sticker Shock?

Source: GreenBiz

What do solar-powered hearing aids, a subscription service for baby clothes and mobile technology for farmers in East Africa all have in common?
Thursday, June 11, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tony Blair: Access to Electricity Is the Single Most Vital Precondition for Success in African Nations

Source: Quartz

A decade on from the Gleneagles Summit, Africa is undergoing a remarkable transformation. Standards of living are increasing, the middle class is set to double in the next ten years and a continent that was then a scar on the conscience of the world is now the most exciting. Africa’s challenges are still better known than its prospects; but with a digital revolution in full-swing and data revolution underway, African nations have a chance to leapfrog stages of development.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 — No Region Specified

Norway's plan to divest massive $900B fund from coal could hit U.S. companies

Source: E & E Publishing

The decision may have spillover effects for U.S. companies, as the equity-heavy fund invests most of its stock positions in U.S. firms, and this new policy slates shares in dozens of American utility companies for sale.
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.
Monday, June 8, 2015 — South Asia

Life Without Light in Rural India: Why Solar Lanterns Can't Compete With the Grid

Source: The Guardian

Chanda sometimes wakes long before dawn to sweep her house and beat the husk off her rice. Now in her 70s, Chanda has long since lost her sight. The sound of her morning activities reverberates down the narrow, unpaved street of the Adivasi colony, through the mud brick walls of the homes stacked either side, waking her neighbours. Next door, Leena complains but is sympathetic. “Living without electricity is like being blind,” she says. “You move around your home and cook without being able to see. Even in the day it is the middle of the night.”
Thursday, June 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

How Can the World Secure $100 Billion in Climate Finance?

Source: World Resources Institute

New analysis from WRI shows a credible and politically balanced path towards $100 billion in 2020 is possible by including a larger set of climate finance sources in a balanced way while scaling up all public finance.
Thursday, May 28, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Norway's $900 billion sovereign wealth fund to slash coal investments

Source: Associated Press

Norway has made a big move toward dropping investments in coal companies by its massive $900 billion sovereign wealth fund because of their impact on climate change.
Thursday, May 14, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

African Development Bank Invests $50 Million in Indigenous Power Developer CEC Africa

Source: CPI Financial

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved on 29 April 2015 a $50 million investment in CEC Africa Investments Limited, a multinational power company headquartered in Nigeria and Zambia.
Friday, May 1, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Financial Professionals Offering Fossil-Fuel-Free Portfolios Nearly Doubled From 2013 To 2015

Source: PR Newswire

The number of investment professionals in the U.S. offering fossil fuel-free portfolios to investors nearly doubled—jumping from 22 percent to 42 percent of those polled—from 2013 to 2015.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Cookstove That Could Save 4 Million Lives Per Year

Source: Mashable

Growing up, Phil Ferranto never thought about how people cooked around the world. He took it for granted, like many of us do, thinking most people had access to some type of stove to feed their families.
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 — South Asia

Press Release: Global Impact Investing Network Publishes Landscape Report on Impact Investing Industry in South Asia

Source: Global Impact Investing Network

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), in partnership with Dalberg Global Development Advisors, today published the full release of The Landscape for Impact Investing in South Asia, a “state of the market” analysis of the impact investing industry in the region. The most comprehensive study of impact investment activity in South Asia to date, the full report includes a chapter for each of the six countries studied—Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 — No Region Specified

World Bank President Outlines Strategy to End Poverty, Welcomes New Development Partners

Source: The World Bank

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim today announced a broad strategy to end extreme poverty by 2030, and he welcomed emerging players such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the New Development Bank, established by the BRICS countries, as potentially strong allies in the economic development of poor countries and emerging markets.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 — South Asia

The One Chinese Innovation that Could Change the Way We Think About Money

Source: The Washington Post

The new China International Payments System (CIPS), which is set to debut before the end of 2015, has been described as a “worldwide payments superhighway for the yuan.” What the creation of such a system means in the short-term is that the Chinese currency (officially known as the renminbi) has the potential to become a truly international, convertible currency and a more attractive currency for conducting international trade and finance. What it means in the long-term is that America’s long reign of economic dominance is at risk.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

Toilet Could Turn Urine Into Electricity at Refugee Camps

Source: The Huffington Post

An innovative urinal could turn pee into a source of electricity. Driven to find a way to protect women and girls in refugee camps who are often assaulted when they go to the bathroom at night, researchers at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) have devised a urinal that lights up when a person uses it.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Pay-As-You-Go Solar Power Takes Off in Africa

Source: CNBC

In Kenya the cell phone is being used to transform the way that people consume energy. M-KOPA Solar – the word 'kopa' is Swahili for 'borrowed' – is a Nairobi-based business that has pioneered the idea of "pay-as-you-go" solar energy in Africa.
Thursday, February 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

51 Breakthrough Technologies to Defeat Poverty

Source: Fast Company

Simple technologies like Kenya's M-Pesa mobile money system can have a huge impact in the developing world. Offering something genuinely new, reliable and, above all, cheap, they can stitch together communities, catalyze markets, improve economies, and ultimately change lives.
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.
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.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

These Hilarious Inflated Backpacks Are Actually Delivering Cheap Local Energy To The Rural Poor

Source: Fast Company

Millions of rural villagers around the world still cook with wood and charcoal, with all the limitations and inconveniences that implies. Women spend time and energy collecting and hauling wood, which contributes to deforestation and takes them away from more productive uses of their time. Worse, burning wood and charcoal inside homes produces extremely unhealthy fumes. Biogas produced from organic waste, such as cow dung and farm cuttings is a good alternative, because it's lightweight and clean burning. But it's not possible to have a bio-digester—a system for breaking down the waste to produce biogas—in every person's home. That's too expensive and impractical. You need upwards of five or six households invested in a digester to cover its costs.
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).
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 — North Africa and Near East

Dubai-Based Social Enterprise Shines Bright For Africa

Source: The National

It started with a plea to help 60,000 orphans in the company’s care. The children, who were being looked after in Zimbabwean orphanages set up by the telecoms operator Econet Wireless, could not study at night because there was no power and lighting, and many were getting sick from breathing in the chemicals emitted from candles.
Monday, November 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE Bank of America Partners with Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Source: Market Watch

Bank of America today announced a partnership with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) to raise $100 million to help provide clean cooking solutions to millions of households in the developing world.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

10 Things You Need To Know About Social And Environmental Investing

Source: Malaysian Digest

Responsible investing has undergone a radical shift, investors are demanding more of their financial advisors, and regulators are struggling to keep up, say experts.
Friday, October 31, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Schneider Electric off-grid, on-profit solutions to create social change in African rural communities

Source: ITWeb (South Africa)

Schneider Electric South Africa has set itself a target to create access to energy for 20 000 Africans by the end of this year. An ambitious goal, but the energy efficiency giant believes this is achievable due to its solid sustainable development strategy, products and solutions.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Building energy businesses: Knowledge sharing workshop with business incubators and entrepreneurs from Asia and Africa

Source: Press Release

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) held a week-long knowledge sharing workshop for energy business incubators and entrepreneurs from Asia and Africain Bangalore, India from 22 to 27 September 2014. The UK Department for International Development (DFID), through its Knowledge Partnership Programme, also supported the initiative to transfer India’s knowledge to other regions in Asia and Africa.
Monday, October 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

How Indoor Stoves Can Help Solve Global Poverty

Source: TIME

Clean cooking and better sources of energy can have a domino effect on health and education.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bringing Solar Power To Remote Hospitals Is Saving Lives

Source: Fast CoExist

One startup working in Nepal learned that delivering high-quality health care often means having to innovate in unexpected ways--such as building new energy systems.
Friday, September 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why It’s Hard to Divest From Fossil Fuels (Even If You Want To)

Source: Time

Climate change activists are pushing for investors to get out of carbon polluters. What are the options for individuals using mutual funds?
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why the Rockefellers are betting on renewable energy

Source: The Week

Sure, it's mostly symbolic. But the global energy business is also on the cusp of a dramatic transformation.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bank of America Announces $10 Billion Catalytic Finance Initiative to Accelerate Clean Energy Investments


New York, 23 September 2014 - Bank of America today announced a Catalytic Finance Initiative, designed to stimulate at least $10 billion of new investment into high-impact clean energy projects.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

M-Kopa Solar Powers Up 100,000th Home in East Africa

Source: AllAfrica

M-KOPA Solar announced on Friday that it has powered up to 100,000 homes in Kenya and Uganda within two years of its commercial launch.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

CREO Investors Pledge $300 Million for Environmental Impact

Source: Huffington Post

Nearly a dozen wealthy families are announcing today that they have committed to invest a combined $300 million over five years in commercial ventures in the areas of climate, energy, health, food and sustainability.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

These Off Grid Solar Lights Are Made By The Communities Who Use Them

Source: Fast CoExist

Liter of Light works with women's cooperatives to make solar lights from simple parts, instead of sending them solar lights that don't work the way they want them.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: Rwanda: How Energy Can Contribute Towards Poverty Alleviation

Source: AllAfrica

WE LIVE in interesting times when so much is happening in terms of development. However, there are curious contradictions that undermine our journey to the Promised Land; development.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nearly Half the World’s Trash Is Burned, and That’s Worsening Climate Change

Source: TakePart

Researchers find that the amount of harmful pollution from such fires may be underestimated by as much as 40 percent.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Using mobile money to buy water and solar power in east Africa

Source: The Guardian

Mobile phones are facilitating access to utilities in poor rural communities. But do consumers have the faith to go cashless?
Monday, August 18, 2014 — Latin America

Renewable Energy Companies to Invest $7 Billion in Chile Power

Source: Bloomberg

Renewable-energy developers plan to invest $7 billion for wind and solar projects in Chile. The government awarded 70 concessions for solar power projects and six for wind farms, the country’s Energy Minister Maximo Pacheco told reporters today in Santiago. There were more than 30 recipients.
Thursday, August 7, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

World Bank Group Commits US$ 5 Billion to Boost Electricity Generation in Six African Countries

Source: World Bank

The World Bank Group today committed $5 billion in new technical and financial support for energy projects in six African countries-- Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania—which have partnered with President Obama’s Power Africa initiative.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Caterpillar Foundation Announces $11 Million in Investments for Africa's Future Through Water, Energy and Women

Source: Market Watch

Foundation's focus on corporate social innovation helps put people on the path to prosperity
Thursday, July 31, 2014 — South Asia

Manila Is Building Out A 100,000-Strong Network Of Electric Trikes

Source: Fast CoExist

Giving the city's three-wheeled taxi network an electric upgrade.
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
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Next Big Thing You Missed: Bigger, Cheaper Fuel Cells Will Eliminate Power Outages

Source: Wired

General Electric has a bright idea for keeping the lights on even when the electrical grid short-circuits. The 122-year-old company wants to bring clean, reliable, affordable energy to the masses with hyper-efficient fuel cells , and in a rare move, is launching a startup to do it.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Electrify Africa, Energize Africa and Power Africa: Partnering With Africa for the Long Run

Source: Roll Call

Monday, 30 June, was the first year anniversary of President Obama’s Power Africa initiative, the president’s signature initiative for the continent which seeks to expand electricity to address poverty alleviation and economic growth.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nine African countries win renewable energy development funding

Source: pv magazine

The low-income nations were awarded new funding and operational support at the semi-annual Climate Investment Funds governing body meeting.
Friday, June 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Singapore Billionaire Bets Big on Energy in Africa, Asia

Source: Business Week

In September 2007, almost a year after New Zealand–born billionaire Richard Chandler founded investment firm Orient Global in Singapore, he made a rare appearance at a forum on social responsibility.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

The importance of energy in improving maternal and child health in Africa

Source: AfDB

The African Development Bank's (AfDB) Annual Meetings 2014 commenced in Kigali on May 19. A ministerial visit to healthcare centres in a rural area was organised to coincide with this event. The visit highlighted the importance of rural electrification through the use of renewable energy sources.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Selling energy as a service meets the poor's needs and generates profits

Source: The Guardian

Rather than trying to sell energy products with high up-front costs, innovative businesses are selling energy services
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.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Crowdfunding could break stranglehold of the 'big six' energy firms

Source: The Guardian

A new funding stream could fill the gap left by the major banks who are refusing to lend to community energy firms
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PRESS RELEASE: New CEO to Join EGG-energy Team

Source: EGG Energy

We’re delighted to announce that Malcolm Wigmore will be joining EGG-energy Tanzania Limited as our new CEO. Jamie Yang, our founding CEO, will remain as President of EGG-energy Incorporated (USA).
Thursday, April 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

USAID, Hillary Clinton Launch Global Development Lab for Game-Changing Innovations

Source: Devex

The event will take place in New York, with Hillary Clinton delivering the keynote address, following an internal launch and a USAID town hall discussion earlier this week in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

New climate innovation centre launched in Ethiopia

Source: Energy Live News

A new climate innovation centre which aims to help jumpstart clean technology and climate-smart ventures has been launched in Ethiopia. Called the Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (ECIC), it is expected to help more than 3.1 million people increase resilience to climate change and create more than 12,000 jobs in the next 10 years.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Empowering People With Cooking Stoves

Source: Techli

Imagine spending 30 percent of your income on cooking fuel, inhaling the equivalent of 20 cigarettes daily while preparing meals for your family, and having to send your daughter to collect fuel for hours every day. What sounds like a far-fetched scenario is the reality of millions of people around the world in countries like Nepal, Darfur and Haiti.
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.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Opinion: Can 'Impact Investors' Save the Day for Cleantech Entrepreneurs?

Source: The Energy Collective

The impact investing concept is differentiated from other related concepts like ESG (environment-social-governance) in that it involves proactive investments designed to make a positive difference.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

d.light Announces $11 Million Series C Financing, Expands Board of Directors

Source: Power Engineering

The Series C round included participation from all major investors, including DFJ, Omidyar Network, Nexus India Capital, Gray Ghost Ventures, Acumen Fund and Garage Technology Ventures. With the closing of Series C, d.light has raised a total of $40 million in capital.
Monday, January 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

11 Ingenious Solar Projects Impacting the Developing World

Source: Mashable

It's easy to take energy for granted, forgetting that throughout much of the world, a lack of power affects everything from business to education to matters of life and death. Approximately 1.5 billion people still don't have access to electricity worldwide, with an additional 1 billion having only intermittent access.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

‘Light Up Their Lives,’ Student-Created Ads Ask

Source: New York Times

A cause marketing campaign from a global seller of electrical equipment and services is borrowing a thought from a proverb, declaring that it is better to give away a light than curse the darkness.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

“Charge the world, change the world."

Source: The New York Times

The campaign is on behalf of Schneider Electric, a French company with operations in more than 100 countries including the United States.
Monday, December 2, 2013 — No Region Specified

Poor Countries Need Relief From Climate Change. They Need Electricity More.

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Last week, environmental campaigners walked out en masse from the U.N. climate talks taking place in Warsaw. The conference hadn’t been shaping up to be a great success: During the meetings, Japan announced that, rather than cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by one-quarter below 1990 levels, it would actually increase them by 3 percent, largely because of the country’s decision to end its nuclear program.
Thursday, November 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

A New Financial Model To Pay For Solar

Source: Co.Exist

The top names in solar are starting to look and act a lot more like regular electric utilities. And that's a good thing for the future of mainstream renewables.
Monday, November 18, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A Merry-Go-Round That Turns The Power Of Play Into Electricity in rural Ghana

Source: Fast Company

Empower Playgrounds is providing electricity-generating playground equipment to impoverished schools in rural Ghana.
Monday, November 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Financial innovation the next big thing in clean energy and efficiency

Source: SmartPlanet

A new wave of innovation is sweeping the energy transition sector, promising to accelerate deployment and cut the costs of energy-efficiency measures, as well as wind and solar generation. It isn’t a technological improvement, like cutting hardware and labor costs. It isn’t a policy mechanism like feed-in tariffs. It isn’t even a new business model, like selling storage services. It’s financial innovation.
Friday, August 30, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Wildlife Works builds business protecting forests, climate

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

Rangers patrol a dusty forest in southern Kenya, keeping a watchful eye out for poachers. Although they roam near the borders of two national parks, their salaries don't come from the Kenyan government. They're employees of a small Mill Valley company, Wildlife Works.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Africa: Invest in Ourselves for Profit and Social Good - Elumelu

Source: All Africa

When President Barack Obama announced his administration's US$7 billion 'Power Africa' initiative in Tanzania this month, Nigerian businessman and philanthropist Tony Elumelu was at his side. His Heirs Holdings investment firm pledged $2.5 billion towards an estimated $9 billion private-sector fund to boost the electrification project.
Friday, June 7, 2013 — Latin America

Argentina builds first-ever solar neighborhood to fight energy poverty

Source: Deutsche Welle

A solar power project in Buenos Aires is providing electricity for some of the city's poorest households. Volunteers are hoping to create Argentina's first green community - one rooftop at a time.
Friday, May 31, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Selling Solar Panels on the Installment Plan in Africa

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Some solar startups are addressing the problem with creative financing models.
Thursday, May 30, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Energy access for all in Africa: does enterprise hold the key?

Source: The Guardian

Local companies, international groups and charities are all using business approaches to improve access to clean, safe energy
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A Nano cool device to take vaccines to remote areas

Source: The Hindu

One of the major challenges in rural healthcare programme is preserving vaccines in the right temperature, especially in power-deficient villages.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

A Plan to Bring Sun-Powered Irrigation to Poor Farmers

Source: The New York Times

A proposed system uses mirrors to increase the power of a solar panel and pump water to crops.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa can leapfrog other regions on energy, power expo hears

Source: Business Day

Billed as Africa’s biggest power and energy expo, Power and Electricity World Africa launched in Sandton on Tuesday, with exhibits from China, India, Europe, the US and further afield displaying renewable and traditional technologies.
Monday, November 12, 2012 — South Asia

Final Frontier: Firms Flock to Newly Opened Myanmar

Source: Wall Street Journal

YANGON, Myanmar—For Tim Love, a vice chairman of advertising giant Omnicom Group, it was an opportunity too good to pass up: an entire country, off the map for most Western investors for decades, embracing foreign investment in a place with untapped energy resources and 60 million people.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 — South Asia

Husk Power Systems raises $5 million for expansion

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Husk Power Systems, a Bihar-based company that runs micro power plants on agricultural waste, has raised Series A equity financing of $5 million (Rs 27 crore) from co-investors Bamboo Finance, Acumen Fund, and LGT Venture Philanthropy.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 — South Asia

'Over 60 percent of land projected to become urban by 2030 yet to be built'

Source: Business Recorder

Global urbanisation will have significant implications for biodiversity and ecosystems if current trends continue, with knock-on effects for human health and development, observes a new assessment by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
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