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Profile: Elifadhili Shaidi – East Africa

Friday September 8th, 2017 - Smart Villages

  What is your off-grid energy business? The business is the production of affordablle efficient stoves which uses less fuel to produce more heat. Can you give a brief overview? The problem we identified is that most stoves produced locally dissipate large amount of heat to the surrounding, does not focus the energy to the… […]

Smart Villages News 146 – Fake News, Good News, No News

Sunday September 3rd, 2017 - Smart Villages

    Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, We see a mixture of news again this week: despite the growing attacks on the media worldwide, there is still some healthy debate going on.There is the continuing debate… […]

Greenlink: We’re building a company, we’re not rescuing Africa

Thursday August 31st, 2017 - Smart Villages

Maarten Strengers, Founder, Greenlink Location: De Bildt, Netherlands / Tanzania “We’re building a company, we’re not rescuing Africa.” As an electrical, mechanical and ICT engineer, Maarten Strengers flies to Africa when his technical know-how is needed; when there is a problem with installation capacity, or to advise on a solar community centre. “After a while… […]

Smart Villages News 145 – Frustrating Times

Friday August 25th, 2017 - Smart Villages

    Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, Looking at this week’s off-grid news, it really seems a case of one step forward, one step back in improving off-grid energy access. There are several positive reports on… […]

Smart Villages News 144 – Mixed Fortunes In Indian Sub-Continent and Fossil Fuel …

Sunday August 20th, 2017 - Smart Villages

    Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, On the anniversary of Partition, mixed fortunes are apparent in the renewables sector for India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. In India, while the debate over the role of fossil fuels… […]

Smart Villages News 143 – Some Practical Actions To Take

Saturday August 12th, 2017 - Smart Villages

    Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, Still lots of general stories around on the need to accelerate energy access, how shocking the situation is, and why is nothing being done… Which is an insult to… […]

Smart Villages News 142 – Grid Defection – flight of fancy or sound decision?

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  Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, We’re featuring Interesting stories this week from both Europe and Africa on the increasing pace of grid defection. The number of solar storage systems in Germany alone has reached 60,000…. […]

Making way for solar in Cameroon

Wednesday August 9th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Augustine Ndasi, Managing Director, Haute Energy Systems Ltd. Location: Limbe, South West Region, Cameroon “As we say in our dialect – no point waiting for someone, it’s better to get going!” Augustine Ndasi did not count on lugging equipment, weighing 12 tonnes, through rough terrain on the border of Congo. One tubular battery, which had… […]

Congratulations to the winners of the Smart Villages 2017 Photo Competition!

Friday July 28th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Congratulations to the winners of the Smart Villages 2017 Photo Competition! Competition was fierce in each of our photography categories: we received photos from over 200 people in more than 50 countries! We are pleased to feature the winners below – just click to open the gallery and learn more about the people in the… […]

Smart Villages News 141 – Who would have thought?

Sunday July 16th, 2017 - Kristina Cvitko

    View this email in a browser Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, We’re sharing a few stories this week that might challenge in your preconceptions–in a nice way. Firstly, it is heartening to see the… […]