Tag Archives: Energy access

November webinar: Going off the grid: Disaster, resilience, and off-grid energy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRFAMtVPi_g When disaster strikes, a community’s ability to respond and recover is tested, whether it is affected by a flood, an earthquake, a drought, a tsunami, or a hurricane, and whether it is located in a rural, urban, or peri-urban area. In this webinar, we’ll bring together experts who have worked in Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia,… […]

Smart Villages News 117 – This Pyramid Looks Built To Last

Saturday January 21st, 2017 - Smart Villages

    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, With Davos and the upcoming U.S. presidential inauguration, this is a week with a number of important pronouncements and actions by major world… […]

Smart Villages Podcast 3 – A brief look at the off-grid energy work of Daniel Kammen, University of California Berkeley

Tuesday November 8th, 2016 - Smart Villages

In this short 8.5 minute podcast, you’ll listen to Part One of our two-part interview series with Professor Daniel Kammen, Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy in the Goldman School of Public Policy and Founding Director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory of the University of California at Berkeley. (Listen to Part Two) Sir Brian Heap, Senior Advisor to… […]

One angel investor on launching 10 off-grid companies—and what it takes to be successful

Tuesday November 1st, 2016 - Smart Villages

Interview with Andrew Reicher Angel investor in off-grid energy companies Location: UK and across rural Africa “I do not measure impact. I know it when I see it”. For more than a decade, Andrew Reicher worked for large financial firms aiming to encourage economic development in some of the world’s poorest corners. Again and again,… […]

d.light founder: Solar can leapfrog the grid for people living at the “bottom of the pyramid”

Wednesday October 26th, 2016 - Smart Villages

Interview with Ned Tozun Co-founder, d.light, a for-profit social enterprise based in China, India, East Africa, and the USA Location: Nairobi, Kenya “Now that the technology has evolved, we want to provide more holistic energy solutions”. After studying and working in engineering, Tozun knew he was “wired” for entrepreneurship. He started “a couple of companies”… […]

Village Infrastructure Angels: Village agriculture can be powered by solar energy

Tuesday October 4th, 2016 - Smart Villages

Interview with Stewart Craine Founder, Village Infrastructure Angels Location: Vanuatu, Indonesia, Honduras, Papua New Guinea “You have to be obsessed with access to sustainable energy to do this job”. Stewart Craine calls his work “an adventure”—an indication of the robust attitude he’s applied throughout his career as an energy access entrepreneur. Craine co-founded Barefoot Power, a… […]

Smart Villages News 101 – Better punchlines, bigger hitters needed for renewables!

Thursday September 29th, 2016 - 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, Within 24 hours this week, I listened to both the U.S. presidential debate and a BBC radio phone-in on fracking. In the former, it struck me that with jobs and… […]

Off-grid 100: One year on, is off-grid high enough on the SDG radar?

Thursday September 22nd, 2016 - 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, One year on from the SDGs we see a fair number of countries signed up, lots of activity on the water, education and gender fronts, but in our opinion still… […]

Cambridge students bring tech to Indian students, inspire learning

Sunday September 18th, 2016 - Smart Villages

Interview with Moni Gupta Co-founder of Mobile Education for Smart Technology Location: India / Cambridge, UK “The same thing they are learning in their books they can explore with this technology and build up more creativity”. Today, Moni Gupta is a PhD student in chemistry at the University of Cambridge. But she remembers her time… […]

Changing lives with energy access: Micro-hydro grids in rural Tanzania, Part 1

An Italian project (CEFA) and the local village company (MVC) have installed a mini-hydro grid in the southern highlands of Tanzania. The project has helped a large off-grid area of Matembwe village to access electricity and build up the local economy and services. It is sustainable thanks to management and maintenance.