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The African Solar Revolution Will Be Televised

Justin Guay | Posted 06.09.2016 | Green
Justin Guay

Mark Edwards/Robertharding African households will watch the solar revolution -- because their TVs will be powered by it. Not long ago Ghana made h...

Africa, Moving Into the Light

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 11.09.2016 | Impact
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

This past July, a Boeing 777 headed toward take-off from the main international airport in Lagos, Nigeria crashed into another plane on the tarmac. Th...

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

Vrinda Manglik | Posted 10.26.2016 | 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.

Tanzania's President Kikwete Promises One Million Solar Homes

Vrinda Manglik | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Vrinda Manglik

India's Prime Minister Modi is dreaming big on solar, aiming to use this clean resource to bring electricity to the 300 million Indians currently living without it. Ambitious as that is, it turns out he's not the only national leader turning to solar to power development.

Can Ending Energy Poverty Abroad Create Jobs at Home?

Vrinda Manglik | Posted 04.13.2015 | Green
Vrinda Manglik

An innovative American company called All Power Labs has a creative approach to tackling the challenge of energy poverty, one that has turned existing ideas about development aid and manufacturing jobs on their head.

Why Nigeria Generates So Little Power

Timi Soleye | Posted 10.20.2014 | Home
Timi Soleye

Nigeria is the greenest populous country in the world, but it is so entirely by accident. We fuel a population north of 170 million -- the seventh largest in the world -- on an available installed grid electricity generation capacity of fewer than 6GW.

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.

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.

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.

Expanding Access to Energy Will Strengthen Africa's Human Capacity and Economic Growth

Amini Kajunju | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Amini Kajunju

Each and every day throughout sub-Saharan Africa, some 600 million people - or two-thirds of the region's population - are still living without access to electricity and other modern energy services. In rural communities, that number climbs to a startling 85 percent.

To Power Africa, Look to Kenya

M. Sanjayan | Posted 09.28.2013 | Green
M. Sanjayan

Rural Africa needs a system where the source of energy is abundant and not reliant on foreign exchange reserves. It needs a system that puts a little power in the hands of many, not a lot of power in the hands of a few.

'The End of the Beginning'

Carl Pope | Posted 09.18.2013 | Green
Carl Pope

The decision by the World Bank this week to repudiate future investments in coal-fired power plants except under exceptional circumstances marks the first time that the global community has collectively ruled some forms of high carbon energy development off the table.

Is Obama's "Power Africa" Simply Enabling More Climate Change?

D.A. Barber | Posted 09.17.2013 | Home
D.A. Barber

Like lipstick, you can't just slap "clean" or "renewable" on the face of policy statements that include coal, natural gas, and diesel and hope nobody notices the ugly underneath.

4 Ways To Help 'Power' Africa Out Of Poverty | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact

President Obama recently announced his Power Africa initiative –- a bold effort to scale up electricity access and address energy poverty in sub-Sah...

Can Obama's 'Power Africa' Initiative Double Access to Electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 09.03.2013 | Home
Obadias Ndaba

It is commendable that the Obama administration wants to help Africa build power grids and get electricity for its people. But there is little evidence to back up the claim that an amount as small as $7 billion -- or $16 billion, if we include the private sector investment -- will "double" access.

4 Important Tips for Navigating Africa as an Entrepreneur

Juliet Asante | Posted 07.01.2013 | Business
Juliet Asante

I am not a Jill of all trades. I am a mistress of one; Entrepreneurship. Through this lens, I form my vision of the world. A world that is informed f...