Tag Archives: Energy access

Smart Villages News 149 – Off-grid energy – opportunities, resilience and realism

Wednesday October 18th, 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, As the Smart Villages initiative transitions into a new phase of activities, we’d like to welcome you to the first newsletter of our new fortnightly schedule. As ever, we… […]

Interview with Raghuraman (Raghu) Chandrasekaran, E-Hands Energy

Saturday October 14th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Raghuraman (Raghu) Chandrasekaran, Founder E-Hands Energy Location: Chennai, India “Who cares for the poor anyway?” Along the Himalayan border of India, site of the 1962 Sino-Indian border conflict, lie rural villages which Raghuraman Chandrasekaran has ventured into many times. The founder of E-Hands Energy, which brings hybrid solar and wind energy to rural Indian villages,… […]

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 140 – Think local

Saturday July 8th, 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, At first glance, there is an incredibly diverse range of stories this week. But upon reflection, they seem to have one common theme: the need to think and act… […]

Smart Villages News 134 – No shortage of reports…..

Saturday May 27th, 2017 - Kristina Cvitko

    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 are certainly not short of reports in this sector – GOGLA, REN, SE4ALL, World Bank, BNEF, IRENA have published insightful and useful reports. Another dropped across my desk… […]

Smart Villages News 133 – Where the military leads will others follow?

- Kristina Cvitko

    Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, Personal security has always been high on the agenda when we have asked villagers about the benefits of renewable energy and has helped promote the bottom-up case for mini-grids…. […]

Sunlabob: Pioneering rural electrification in southeast Asia

Thursday May 25th, 2017 - Kristina Cvitko

Mid-90s, Lao People’s Democratic Republic. As a German electrical engineer who has recently moved to one of the poorest countries in the world, Andy Schroeter sees the potential that can be had for energy access in remote areas. At the time, Laos has an electrification rate of 30%. “Aside from cities in the Mekong Valley,”… […]

Smart Villages News 129 – Further, faster – holistically?

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 - Kristina Cvitko

    Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, I know it’s a hackneyed old word that many of you would like to consign to history along with synergy and management speak from the 90s. However, my main… […]

Smart Villages News 128 – They Came And They Were Heard

Thursday April 6th, 2017 - Kristina Cvitko

    Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, I’m writing this editorial at the end of the SE4ALL Forum in Brooklyn. The highlights are covered by the top stories – a raft of launches including the Global… […]

Smart Villages News 127 – A Canute For Our Times?

- Kristina Cvitko

    Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, So there he sits at his tiny desk surrounded by sycophantic courtiers signing away Obama’s legacy. One of the worst days in our planet’s history? Possibly, but it more… […]