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Why Is The World Bank Failing On Energy Poverty?

Justin Guay | Posted 10.10.2014 | 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.

Tower Power

Justin Guay | Posted 07.30.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

I've written extensively on the opportunities to leverage off grid mobile phone penetration to support energy access for the poor (here, here and here...

Sierra Club & Solar Crowdfunding For the World's Poor

Justin Guay | Posted 07.03.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

1.3 billion people around the world live in darkness lacking access to even small amounts of life changing electricity. The good news is we can chan...

Our Distributed Future: M2M, Energy & Water Access

Justin Guay | Posted 04.28.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

Suffice to say, the opportunity is real, it's huge, and it's just waiting to be tapped. It's important to note that solar crowdfunding may be instrumental in making it happen.

Investing in Youth Is Crucial to Solving Global Energy Poverty

Aneri Patel | Posted 01.23.2013 | Impact
Aneri Patel

The recession may have been a blessing in disguise for me, because some of the most formative work experiences I have ever had were observing rural women installing solar home systems in Bangladesh.

Energy's Presence, Not Price, Changes Lives

Justin Guay | Posted 02.02.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

It's time policymakers woke up to the real impact of distributed power and bottom up electrification. There are a thousand unnecessary obstacles that will slow down progress when it's judged by the wrong yardstick. It's time for that yardstick to be the presence of energy, not its price.

Energy For All: A Challenge Of Faith

Katherine Marshall | Posted 12.25.2012 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Energy is an issue with strong ethical and spiritual dimensions, though those dimensions have been fairly invisible so far. Shedding light on the topic was what the United Nations Foundation and the World Faiths Development Dialogue set out to do during a recent workshop.