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Saturday November 19th, 2016 - Smart Villages



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No, that’s not the US media reflecting on President Elect Donald Trump, but a quote from outgoing on climate change action, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the slightly less reported COP22 this week in Morocco. He went on to say to say that as a successful businessman, he was sure that Trump would understand that market forces were already acting to push the world economy towards cleaner energies, away from fossil fuels. Let’s not just hope so but keep ramming home those messages reflected throughout this week’s crop of stories on lower costs, high quality jobs, and accelerated access to energy for everyone cleaner energies bring. If not for ourselves then for the younger generation such as the Indian students with their vision of a Smart Village I’ve selected as one of the Top Stories.

Top Stories

Dakar Workshop
International Workshop highlights key role of sustainable energy in rural development and climatic resilience of off-grid communities in Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico
At an international workshop organised by the Smart Villages Initiative and the Academy of Sciences of the Dominican Republic, delegates will discuss how renewable energy can play a major role in both rural development and enhancing the climatic resilience of off-grid communities in Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico. Opened by Vice Minister Ernesto Villa of the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the event will take place from 16 to 18 November in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic.
SmartVillages (16.11.16)Indian Students Show Smart Village Ideas
The creativity and innovative spirit of students came to the fore at the annual district-level science exhibition-cum-fair titled ‘BrainQuest’ organized by E-Skool at the Nutana Ravindra Mantapa on MGM College campus here on Saturday.Nearly 300 students from 30 schools participated in the exhibition and displayed their models, which gave an insight into the ingenuity of the students and brought forth their love for not just science but also concern for environment. […]

SmartVillages (13.11.16)Buy One Here, Subsidise Three Solar Lamps There, Proposes Sunny Money
Everyone needs light. After the sun goes down, you need some kind of artificial illumination to read, to clean up the house, to work. And if you’re off the grid in a developing country, then that usually means burning a kerosene lamp, which is like sharing the room with a gasoline engine. That’s why a $5 solar lamp is a big deal. […]
Charlie Sorrel – FastCoexist (09.11.16)

New ECOWAS-BADEA Collaboration Includes Solar Driven Rural Electrification
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a wide range of development issues covering economy, ICT and health. […]

TheWhistler (10.11.16)

World Bank Reports Lessons Learnt So Far In Off-Grid Electrification
In recent years, there has been renewed focus on the 1.1 billion people around the world without any access to electricity from either the conventional grid or any off-grid or stand-alone source. Most of these people are poor and are held back from their potential for human development and from the improved quality of life that can be enabled by access to electricity services. […]


Kammen Calls For Trump To Focus On Clean Energy Jobs
How should researchers prepare for the presidency of Donald Trump? Nature asked nine experts in science and the humanities to lay out their advice and concerns ahead of the next US administration. […]

Nature (11.11.16)

Kyte Welcomes New Private Sector REBA Commitment At COP22
In connection with the theme-based actions being announced at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Marrakech (COP 22), new commitments and initiatives to use renewable energy were in the spotlight today as one of the most effective ways to implement the landmark Paris Agreement, which entered into force on 4 November 2016. […]

UN News Centre (11.11.16)


New Competition

West Africa: Off-grid Energy Challenge
Competition deadline: 21 November!
Now accepting applications in English, French, and PortugueseSmart Villages


22 November – Going off the grid: Disaster, resilience, and off-grid energy
Smart Villages

New Podcast

Why we need to go beyond coal
Part 2 of our interview with Dan Kammen, UC Berkeley

Smart Villages

Energy Entrepreneurs

Off-grid green cooling breakthroughs improve farmers’ incomes
Smart Villages


Germany Building First Integrated Hydro-Wind Power Sites
Catharine Paddock – MBN (13.11.16)US Visit To Africa’s Only Solar Manufacturing Plant In Ghana
CitiFmOnline (09.11.16)Bitcoin Funds Small Solar In South Africa
Tom Jackson – AFK Insider (09.11.16)Sweden Supports Rural Energy Enterprises In Uganda
Jonathan Adengo – allAfrica (09.11.16)DFID Supports Mini Grid Development In Somaliland
SomaliLandPress (08.11.16)

EDF & Off-Grid Form Solar JV 
Danielle Ola – PV-Tech (10.11.16)


Still Bipartisan Support For Power Africa Believes Ambassador Warlick
Terence Creamer – EngineeringNews (11.11.16)Biomass And Biofuel Groups Hopeful For Trump’s Support
Erin Voegele – BiomassMagazine (09.11.16)Solar Fears Trump
Eric Wesoff – GreenTechMedia (10.11.16)Obama Pushes Through Solar And Wind Use On Public Land
LA Times (10.11.16)Trump’s Climate Policy Could Cut Off Africa’s Electricity
Abdi Latif Dahir – QuartzAfrica (11.11.16)

Science & Technology

Houston Students Design Motorised Solar Cooler
Hernan Arias – KickStarterFlying Carpets In Space The Ultimate Off-Grid Idea?
Kate Parker – E&T (10.11.16)Future Going To Be Hybrid Claim Experts
Kelvin Ross – PowerEngineeringNew Synthesis Process For Methanol From Biomass
KITOff-Grid The Next Leapfrog Technology?
OPIC (08.11.16)


REA Signs MOU With India On Decentralised Energy
Jacqueline Echevarria – EnergyLiveNews (08.11.16)Schneider Programme Launches Light It Up CSR Program Across Asia
PRNewswire (09.11.16)Solar Power Lights Up Indian Villages
Raipur – NYOOOZ (09.11.16)Smart Villages Essential Says Indian Minister
NewKerala (09.11.16)India’s Solar Plans Don’t Stack Up Claims Expert
Dénes Csala – TheConversation (11.11.16)

China’s Solar Revolution Picking Up Speed
Tom Baxter – EnergyDesk (11.11.16)

Sarawak Needs RM8 Billion For Energy And Water Strategy
Bernama (12.11.16)

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