Tag Archives: solar

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 124 – Calling All Photographers And Entrepreneurs

Sunday March 12th, 2017 - Kristina Cvitko

    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, There have been two refrains we’ve heard during our near 3-year journey to the front-lines of off-grid energy provision. Help us grow our… […]

Micro-entrepreneurs and business model innovation in Madagascar

Wednesday February 22nd, 2017 - Smart Villages

Interview with Rik Stamhuis Co-Founder and Managing Director, Jiro-Ve Location: Antananarivo, Madagascar “It is the business model, and not the product, which needs innovation in solar” How do you change people’s behaviour forever? Rik Stamhuis says you need to ensure that there is a solution which won’t force people to have to go back to their… […]

Smart Villages News 115 – All Eyes On US

Saturday January 14th, 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 we approach the U.S. presidential inauguration, an interesting and diverse crop of stories from the U.S. this week again demonstrate that renewables may be more deeply rooted than many… […]

Juabar’s “Media Hubs” bring women’s health TV and Swahili “Sesame Street” to rural Tanzania

Wednesday November 2nd, 2016 - Smart Villages

Interview with Olivia Nava Co-founder and CEO, Juabar Location: Oakland, California / Tanzania “Anywhere where there is mobile money, there is a potential for services in delivery and market opportunities.” Juabar is a solar entrepreneurs’ network which has been based in Tanzania since 2013. The three-person company behind the initial model, of a solar panel… […]

Smart Villages News 104 – Consumers are king?

Thursday October 20th, 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, A couple of stories this week remind us of the old adage – Consumers are king – and the effect this is starting to have on the maturing off-grid sector…. […]

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… […]

It is not a village but people: Long Lamai, a case study of a smart village

Thursday September 15th, 2016 - Tariq Zaman, University of Malaysia Sarawak

Long Lamai is a Penan village in upper Baram, northern Sarawak, of Malaysian Borneo. Travelling to the settlement from the nearest town Miri takes eight hours on rough logging roads and an hour of hiking through the dense rainforest. Alternately, it is reachable by flying from Miri to Long Banga by an hour’s flight via… […]

Trust, training essential for off-grid energy start ups

Tuesday August 9th, 2016 - Smart Villages

Interview with Salinee Hurley Tavaranan, CEO & Founder, SunSawang Formerly Director at Border Green Energy Team “We don’t do solar for free anymore. We started charging for it and now it’s working”. Salinee Tavaranan is trained as a solar engineer. But she’s learned the policy and finance side of the business as well, after more than 10… […]

No one left behind: Smart Villages / EASAC at European Development Days 2016

Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 - Smart Villages

The Smart Villages Initiative and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) held a debate session, “Can energy access alone end poverty?” as part of European Development Days (EDD). EDD is organised by the European Commission and “brings the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships… […]