Kristina Cvitko

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Saddek Fenardji, Canopy – solar entrepreneur

[:en] Saddek Fenardji, General Secretary, Canopy Location: Paris, France “The biggest challenge is getting paid” Saddek Fenardji remembers a local mayor’s surprise at how off-grid energy shaped Akonolinga, a town 70 kilometres away from the Cameroonian capital Yaoundé. “We built 250 street lights in a city of 20,000 inhabitants, which was otherwise totally in the …

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Profile: Mediana Ngosso – East Africa

What is your off-grid energy business? My off-grid energy business idea is drying fruits and vegetables by using solar energy technology. Can you give a brief overview? The process will involve drying of fruits and vegetables by using a friendly energy which is solar energy, so as to tackle the problem of food wastage and …

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Smart Villages News 141 – Who would have thought?

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, We’re sharing a few stories this week that might challenge in your preconceptions–in a nice way. Firstly, it is heartening to see the continued commitment …

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Smart Villages News 137 – The M Word

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 that Smart …

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Smart Villages News 136 – In Praise of America

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 doing such …

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Smart Villages News 135 – The Jobs Edition

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 find a recently published report useful, especially regarding arguments about renewables. After shaming sceptics with the number of people still without energy access, exciting them with the progress in technology, …

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

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 this week …

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

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. An article …

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Smart Villages News 132 – The Curse Of Brexit

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, it dominates …

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Sunlabob: Pioneering rural electrification in southeast Asia

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,” …

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Svati Bhogle, social entrepreneur and founder, Sustaintech

Svati Bhogle, social entrepreneur and founder, Sustaintech Location: Bangalore, India “Grow, but don’t spread yourselves too thin.” How long do you blend tea leaves with milk? Should you brew the tea for a shorter few minutes after that, or turn the gas off? When Svati Bhogle, a chemical engineer by training, went from one of …

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Smart Villages News 131 – The new big four- Mini-Grids, Storage, Block Chain and Perovskite?

Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, Even though we’re in May, I’m still getting quite a few releases on trends for 2017! Distilling them, four topics seem to stand out: the first two you are probably well …

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Smart Villages News 130 – Front Line Heroes Deserve More Recognition

Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, Already, unfortunately, the SEforALL Forum seems a fleeting memory. I do not envy Rachel Kyte and her team the job of keeping the momentum going in the face of other world …

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Smart Villages News 129 – Further, faster – holistically?

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 thought from …

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Smart Villages News 128 – They Came And They Were Heard

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 Tracking Framework, …

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Smart Villages News 127 – A Canute For Our Times?

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 brings to …

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Smart Villages News 126 – Victims of Success?

Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, Sustainable off-grid energy has many positive benefits: improved healthcare and sanitation, better education, more productive agriculture, etc. But beyond these benefits, it’s also clear that improved security is at the top …

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High-level workshop on energy access in West Africa: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Smart Villages organised this workshop jontly with EUEI-PDF and ECREEE The programme is below

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Smart Villages News 125 – Brooklyn Calling

Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, Only a couple of weeks to go to SEforALL’s Forum in Brooklyn New York and I do hope that of all the conferences on offer many of you can make what …

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Smart Villages News 124 – Calling All Photographers And Entrepreneurs

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 businesses from …

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