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It Takes a Village to Power a Village: What We Can Learn From the Challenges of Electrifying India's Rural Communities

Zadie Oleksiw | Posted 11.10.2015 | Green
Zadie Oleksiw

Yara is a village in Uttar Pradesh, sixty-five kilometers southeast of the nearest city, Jhansi, and another six hours by train from New Delhi. Four years ago, its five hundred residents relied entirely on kerosene and a diesel generator for lighting and electricity.

Single Week Brings More Than $125 Million to Off-Grid Energy Sector

Vrinda Manglik | Posted 10.26.2015 | Green
Vrinda Manglik

Last week was a huge week for private and public investment in the off-grid clean energy sector. The off-grid sector continues to grow, offering affordable, reliable energy services to unelectrified and under-electrified populations around the world.

Off-Grid Getaway Offers Sustainable Solitude

XPRIZE | Posted 07.17.2015 | Green

Meet the undeniably adorable Ecocapsule, a tiny (approximately 8 ft. by14 ft. by 7 ft.) self-sustaining portable house that can be plunked down pretty much anywhere sunlight is available to provide an extremely intimate living situation for up to two people.

Will Silicon Valley Take On Clean Energy Access?

Justin Guay | Posted 05.28.2015 | Green
Justin Guay

Energy poverty, which affects 1.2 billion people around the world who lack access to electricity, is, according to David Roberts, "the greatest challenge of our time." That's because it pits our need to reduce fossil fuel consumption head to head against lifting hundreds of millions out of extreme poverty.

One Collective Voice Beyond the Grid

Daniel Tomlinson | Posted 05.10.2015 | Green
Daniel Tomlinson

Here today is a call to action for industry players to follow in the footsteps of SEIA and CASE and rally behind one industry voice -- not someone else to speak for us. The need for the industry is to stand up and demand what we need, not what others think we need.

We Need Smart Money: How Energy Access Investors Need to Develop Value Beyond Capital Using In-House Entrepreneurs

Daniel Tomlinson | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Daniel Tomlinson

Beyond the Grid investors can learn from Silicon Valley VC's about building "smart money". In order to realize full investment potential and maximize shareholder returns, beyond the grid investment funds need to deliver value above and beyond money.

Time for Beyond the Grid Clean Energy to Demand The Investment It Deserves

Daniel Tomlinson | Posted 04.14.2015 | Green
Daniel Tomlinson

Development banks need to step up and take distributed power investing seriously. I'd argue it's the only way they can actually hope to achieve their 2030 goals of resolving energy poverty.

Millions in New Investment Cap Record Year for Beyond the Grid Solar Markets

Justin Guay | Posted 02.06.2015 | Green
Justin Guay

The undisclosed amount of new funding from Energy Investment Tech will go toward building 200 micropower plants in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, which will provide energy to over three million people in 6,000 villages.

Surprise! 5 Ways Tech Can Help You Get Off the Grid

Vayable | Posted 11.23.2014 | Technology

We've all heard it before: our busy, hyper-stimulated lives have too many screens, too little down time, and nowhere near enough spare time.

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.

'Pay-as-you-go' solar financing hits new milestone

Justin Guay | Posted 09.21.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

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 ...

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

Justin Guay | Posted 08.05.2014 | Business
Justin Guay

And at the end of the day, this isn't just about climate, it's about 21st century technological progress.

Modi's Solar Lining?

Justin Guay | Posted 08.04.2014 | World
Justin Guay

How Modi uses his mandate leaves the fate of India's future energy mix precariously perched between 19th century fossil fuels and modern clean energy technology.

An Off-Grid Solar Angels List?

Justin Guay | Posted 08.04.2014 | Business
Justin Guay

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 world.

Feeling the Burn: How a Switch from Oil to Affordable Solar Can Electrify Africa

Erica Mackey | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Erica Mackey

This week, Off.Grid:Electric, a company which delivers clean energy to people in developing countries, was recognized with the 2014 Citi Ashden Award ...

$45 Million Flows to Off-Grid Solar in Past Four Months

Justin Guay | Posted 07.05.2014 | Business
Justin Guay

When you dig down, it's pretty clear why these investment leaders would flock to off-grid solar. With rock-solid economics, an enormous addressable market, and eye-popping growth rates, the opportunity is immense.

For Energy Security, Bring a Gun to the Knife Fight

Anne Butterfield | Posted 06.13.2014 | Green
Anne Butterfield

Communities should think about threats to our giant, centralized grid and tell utilities, "Don't just protect the grid - help us fortify our essential services with distributed generation."

Norway's Investment Can Help End Energy Poverty

Justin Guay | Posted 03.25.2014 | Business
Justin Guay

Against the fervent protests of global coal lobbyists, Norway is considering divesting from coal while doubling down on investments in renewable energy and sustainable development internationally.

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 ...

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...

BBOXX & Off Grid Clean Tech 2.0

Justin Guay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

Off-Grid applications are clean technology's next big market. Nowhere is this more true than Africa where the International Energy Agency predicts pop...

India CAD Crisis Solution: Move Beyond Kerosene

Justin Guay | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics
Justin Guay

India's current account deficit (CAD) crisis is generating high level calls to unleash solar as a solution. While the National Solar Missions goal of ...

Skinny Grids

Justin Guay | Posted 11.20.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

Energy efficiency, not the falling price of solar, has done the heavy lifting when it comes to unlocking the economics of distributed clean energy f...