Tag Archives: solar

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 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… […]

Greenway: Bringing cleaner cooking to rural India

Monday July 3rd, 2017 - Smart Villages

Neha Juneja, Co-founder, Greenway Location: Mumbai, India “If you don’t experience a problem yourself, it’s not easy to solve it” There was a year in the early days of Greenway in India, where Neha Juneja and her two-co-founders were eating everything they were cooking on a traditional cookstove that each of them kept in their apartments… […]

Smart Villages News 137 – The M Word

Saturday June 17th, 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 back from the stimulating European Development Days in Brussels last week with several thoughts to share. Almost invariably visitors to our stand made two points. Firstly, they said… […]

Smart Villages News 136 – In Praise of America

Saturday June 10th, 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, Writing from the EU Development Days in the wake of Trump’s withdrawal from Paris Agreement. So I thought I’d take this opportunity to praise the many Americans who are… […]

Oorja: Turning farm waste into energy in Uttar Pradesh

Wednesday May 31st, 2017 - Smart Villages

Interview with Amit Saraogi, Co-founder and CEO, Oorja Location: Delhi, India “We will be able to strengthen local economic development, increasing demand for our solution and bringing jobs into the local economy” Amit Saraogi spent part of his childhood in Uttar Pradesh, playing amidst the rice fields where his family harvested rice paddy to be processed in their… […]

Smart Villages News 132 – The Curse Of Brexit

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, Whilst I will not debate the rights and wrongs of Brexit, there is no doubt it has a devastating impact on renewable energy and off-grid issues. In the UK,… […]

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… […]