Tag Archives: Renewable energy

Smart Villages News 148 – Energy equality – now or never

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, These past weeks, we’ve witnessed the destruction of hurricanes and flooding from South Asia to the Caribbean. As we all know, it will take not only days but weeks,… […]

Interview with Vladimir Delagneau Barquero, Tecnosol

Saturday October 14th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Vladimir Delagneau Barquero, President and Managing Director, Tecnosol Location: Managua, Nicaragua “20 years ago, some Nicaraguans thought renewable energy was the work of the devil” When Vladimir Delagneau Barquero explains why he launched Tecnosol he brings the story back to an experience he had over a decade in the mid-eighties, during his military service in… […]

Interview with Abdul-W. Raaj, Suka Energy West Africa

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Abdul-W. Raaj, CEO, Suka Energy West Africa Suka Wind & Solar Energy Limited Location: Tamale, Ghana “People often ask me why we do everything – in, Africa there is no niche in solar energy” In Ghana in the eighties, around 40 schoolchildren in one class would burn kerosene lanterns, to be able to keep on… […]

Interview with Yonas Workie, Suntransfer Tech PLC

Friday October 13th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Vishnu Raghunathan, CEO & Co-Founder, Lytyfy Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia “The appeal of the product is there only if the financing is there. So we decided to group the product with the financing.”   Doing business in Ethiopia, which has a population of 100 million, has its challenges. 80% live in rural areas, and hydropower is… […]

Profile: Samwel Baruti – East Africa

Sunday September 10th, 2017 - Smart Villages

What is your off-grid energy business? i. Drying fruits using solar oven ii. Solar power in the agricultural sector. Can you give a brief overview? i. In Tanzania there’s no fruit preserving factory, which means fruits gets destroyed easily by either for not being consumed for long time or by climatic conditions such as high… […]

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… […]

Are mini-grids the answer to rural electrification?

Tuesday July 4th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Interview with Leena Chandran-Wadia Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation Location: Bangalore, India “The day we can say that every home is electrified is very far away” ‘Kerala is totally electrified!’ run the headlines in the  Indian papers. It’s a claim many Indian villages make, says Dr. Leena Chandran-Wadia, the Senior Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF),… […]

Profile: Dodji Agbezo, Project Production Solaire – Finalist, West Africa

Friday June 23rd, 2017 - Smart Villages

Brief biography Dodji AGBEZO is the head of Projet Production Solaire Togo Company. He has two masters Degree. The first master in 2007 in Energy option at University of Lomé. Since training as renewable energy and energy efficiency engineer from International Institute of engineering of water and the environment (2IE), in Burkina Faso (www.2ie-edu.org) in… […]