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"New Deal for Energy" a Big Deal for Africa, Off-Grid

Kristina Skierka | Posted 01.25.2016 | Impact
Kristina Skierka

Last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, unveiled details of a huge...

It's Holiday Season - Time for Gifts of Light and Power

Richenda Van Leeuwen | Posted 12.23.2015 | Green
Richenda Van Leeuwen

For those of us who focus on bringing power to the quarter of the world who lack reliable electricity, 2015 has been a year of immense change and hope.

The G20 & Global Energy Governance: A New Platform?

Tuncay Babali | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics
Tuncay Babali

Highlights: - Despite the Paris Climate Agreement, without new global energy steering bodies the world may fail to meet the challenge of preventing c...

How to Engage Millennials in Energy Access

Aneri Patel | Posted 12.21.2015 | Impact
Aneri Patel

Miriam Cartheret from Germany, Shu Fen Ong from Singapore, and Bettina Bergoo from the US, are three young women who have worked in rural Uganda to bu...

Will Data Unlock Billions in Solar Investment for the Poor?

Justin Guay | Posted 12.16.2015 | Green
Justin Guay

When it comes to unlocking solar for the world's poor it's all about the money.

Why an Advocate for Girls and Women Cares About a Climate Change Conference

Kathy Calvin | Posted 12.14.2015 | Green
Kathy Calvin

Solar lamps provide light so girls can study at night and walk to latrines in the dark. Solar technologies allow midwives and doctors to deliver babies safely in the night, helping to stem the tide of maternal deaths in low-income countries. And sustainable farming practices enable women to more securely feed their families.

Public Support for Energy Access Should Be Clean

Vrinda Manglik | Posted 11.25.2015 | Green
Vrinda Manglik

Among coal companies, Peabody Coal has been particularly vocal in trying to convince the public that there's a place for coal in decreasing energy poverty. But coal is the wrong tool for the job for several key reasons.

SDG7: The "Other Billion" Facebook Forgot

Kristina Skierka | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
Kristina Skierka

Access to energy empowers people to join in the kind of activities -- including using the Internet -- that can drive development and create opportunity. The promise of access to energy is so great that lack of supply forces people to extremes to get power.

Why Should Climate Philanthropy Care About Energy Access?

Justin Guay | Posted 07.01.2015 | Green
Justin Guay

Investing in clean energy access provides a disruptive opportunity to revolutionize electricity systems and get on the right side of the politics of development -- philanthropy just hasn't realized it yet.

Power for All Campaign: Seeking a Faster Timeline for Universal Energy Access

Vrinda Manglik | Posted 05.21.2015 | Green
Vrinda Manglik

This week, the Sierra Club is participating in the second annual United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Forum in New York, a forum bringing together key world actors advocating for sustainably to address the problem of energy poverty worldwide.

Bring Me a Fan: Harnessing the Power of Solar Energy for the Poor

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

By harnessing the power of solar, we no longer have to choose between serving people and serving the planet. Off-grid solar solutions can help pave the way to a more sustainable life for all of us.

Five Principles for Taming the Wild West of Beyond the Grid Clean Energy Policy

Justin Guay | Posted 12.27.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

Right now, clean energy access providers are getting hit both coming and going. Their competitors -- fossil fuel companies -- are highly subsidized, but clean energy companies are taxed.

Why Is The World Bank Failing On Energy Poverty?

Justin Guay | Posted 12.08.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

All signs point to the fact that Dr. Kim is serious when he talks about innovation and that he truly cares about ending poverty. If that's truly the case, it's time he stood up and declared a new day at the Bank; one where those taken seriously are the innovators -- not defenders of the status quo.

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

Justin Guay | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

In 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 during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

Back to the Future: Africa's Mobile Revolution Should Inspire Rural Energy Solutions

Darius Mans | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
Darius Mans

Access to power is a principal bottleneck to growth in Africa. Six hundred million Africans lack access to a power grid.

What d.light's $11 Million Investment Means for Off Grid Solar

Justin Guay | Posted 05.03.2014 | Business
Justin Guay

From sub-Saharan Africa to Bangladesh the off grid solar market is posting eye popping growth rates. But despite that impressive performance access ...

Electrify Africa Act Needs To Change Course

Justin Guay | Posted 04.20.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

The direction Power Africa, President Obama's signature initiative to address energy poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, is headed is worrying. Worse, t...

National Geographic's Terra Watt Prize

Justin Guay | Posted 03.26.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

Access to finance is the largest barrier to scaling off grid clean energy access technologies for the 1.3 billion around the world currently left in t...

India, AAP & The People's Energy Plan

Justin Guay | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Justin Guay

Indian development is at a pivotal moment. From stagnant economic growth to a raging Current Account Deficit (CAD) Crisis to widespread anger over cor...

Mosaic, Mobile Phones, and Clean Energy Access

Justin Guay | Posted 03.09.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

Solar crowdfunder Mosaic, is the latest entrant into clean energy's next big market - off grid clean energy. Thanks to a top prize of $1 million fro...

Calling All Village Infrastructure Angels

Justin Guay | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

While it's potentially clean energy's next big market, off grid clean tech suffers from an acute lack of finance. That's the barrier to ramping up e...

7 Everyday Complaints That Are Really Just Reminders To Be Grateful

The Huffington Post | Karin Swanson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

Updated December 2, 2013: 12 p.m. EST. Whether it's lamenting about loans or long lines, some of us love to complain like it's our job. (Especial...

Electrifying Africa... But at What Cost to Africans?

Janet Redman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Green
Janet Redman

Two U.S. initiatives to provide Africans with electricity seem likely to lead to large, climate-polluting projects rather than the locally sourced renewable energy rural Africa needs.

Solar Crowdfunding's Lessons Learned

Justin Guay | Posted 10.13.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

We have two broken systems - energy and finance - which conspire to support a coal fired centralized grid that never reaches the poor while driving ...

How to Avoid 'Band-Aid' Solutions on Expanding Energy Access

Andy Schroeter | Posted 10.20.2013 | Impact
Andy Schroeter

While those of us that live and breathe rural electrification are thrilled to see initiatives like Power Africa, all stakeholders involved must work together to create more effective approaches for widespread energy access to be achieved sustainably.