|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 the potential for renewable energy in India, agreement in East Africa on the need for an integrated roadmap, new initiatives the length of the continent from Egypt to Malawi, and reports of continuing switches to renewables in the U.S. However, these are balanced by the stark warning from the new head of the Rockefeller Foundation of the impact of potential U.S. aid cuts on energy access, continuing issues in India over rural electrification results, potential ETS dodging in China, and off-grid regulatory battles in the last place you would expect them: New Zealand. At least the recent solar eclipse didn’t bring the disaster anti-solar lobbyists were predicting!
This past week, Smart Villages had the opportunity to participate in the Thailand National Science and Technology Fair 2017, is the country’s largest fair of its sort. Thousands of school children, families, and adults from across the country flock to the fair every year to learn more about science and technology. Smart Villages worked alongside the National Science Museum (NSM), Global Young Academy, and NSTDA to share hands-on knowledge of renewable energy and off-grid villages with visitors to the exhibition. We also featured the winning photographs from the Smart Villages Photo Competition.
We’d like to say a special thanks to Orakanoke Phanrakra (NSTDA / GYA) for all her help. We would also like say a special thanks to Thames and Kosmos for kindly donating the wind, solar, and hydro power learning kits!