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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 promises to be a landmark event. Smart Villages has a strong presence, especially our Voices from the Village session, and we have noticed that Rachel Kyte and her team are working flat out to make this a real success. We’ll be using Voices of the Village for example to get across one of the key findings from our project – namely that villagers themselves are excited by the prospects for sustainable development offered by the off-grid revolution. Hope to see you there.

Top Stories

Dakar Workshop
How Morocco Made It In Renewables
Providing reliable, affordable and sustainable access to energy has become a core focus of the international development community and is the seventh goal of the 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Roughly 1.2 billion people, or 17 percent of the global population, are energy poor, meaning that they have no access to electricity. Meanwhile, more than 2.7 billion people, primarily in developing Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, rely on fuelwood and other traditional biomass sources for cooking. […]

Emmanuel Awohouedji – GreenBiz (13.03.17)AIIB Struggling With New Clean Energy Strategy
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which is led and largely funded by China, has closed its second public consultation on its future energy strategy. Since the bank’s creation in January 2016, its energy plan has been widely regarded as a key test of AIIB president Jin Liqun’s commitment to making the bank “clean, lean and green”. […]

Liu Qin, Tang Damin – TheThirdPole (09.03.17)

Gas And Coal On The Agenda At African Power Summit
A number of African government ministers – including, South Africa’s minister of energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson and Liberia’s minister of lands, mines and energy Patrick Sendolo – will be in attendance to discuss the options on public-private partnerships (PPPs). The Powering Africa Summit follows the Africa Energy Indaba held in Johannesburg in late February, where delegates discussed the future make-up of Africa’s generation mix. […]

Neil Ford – AfricanBusinessMagazine (09.03.17)

Kofi Annan Calls For Off-Grid To Be Part Of Powering Africa Solution
Editor’s note: Kofi Annan is Chair of the Africa Progress Panel. He served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations. The views expressed in this commentary are his own. (CNN) — In Côte d’Ivoire, children carry backpacks to school with built-in solar panels. When they get home, they plug the panels into lamps so they can do their homework. On the other side of the continent, rural households pay as little as 50 cents a day for solar electricity systems that power three lights, five phone-charging connections and a radio. Across Africa, these and many other ingenious solutions are helping to meet the continent’s huge energy needs much faster than conventional means. […]

Kofi Annan – kbzk

Small Scale Hydro Success In South Africa
It’s going to be a bright 2017 for the 39 households of the Kwa Madiba settlement in the rural Eastern Cape 110 years after municipal electricity was first supplied to the provincial capital of Port Elizabeth. […]

Engineering News (14.03.17)

Vatican Ponders Fossil-Fuel-Free “Common Home”
In late January, I had the opportunity to attend a small conference at the Pontifical Lateran University on Catholic actions, financial and otherwise, to resolve the climate crisis. The tagline for the Jan. 27 conference – titled “Laudato Si” & Catholic Investing:Clean Energy for our Common Home” – came by way of the October 2015 statement issued by the heads of Catholic continental bishops’ conferences ahead of the COP 21 international climate change summit in Paris: “Put an end to the fossil fuel era, phasing out fossil fuel emissions and providing affordable, reliable and safe renewable energy access for all.” […]

Marie Venner – NCR Online (14.03.17)

Is Nikola Tesla’s Free Energy Vision Really Possible?
“Free energy” is a term being tossed around these days, and not one that many within the new energy movement like to use. That’s because it’s not really “free,” or what we perceive “free” to be. It’s not like the power source for generating the energy to run these machines (discussed below in this article) is coming from nowhere. […]

Arjun Walia – Collective Evolution (08.03.17)


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Webinar on Refugees and Energy 16 March, 3pm UK

Refugees and energy: Meeting the needs of refugees and displaced people
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Energy Entrepreneurs

Lighting up rural Bangladesh
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Aleutia – Mike Rosenberg

ALEUTIA: Solar Classroom In A Box
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UK Aid Wasted Claims Report
Robert Mendick – Telegraph (12.03.17)Zambia Minister Commits To School Electrification To Boost ICT Training
LusakaTimes (08.03.17)

Access Power Launches $7 Million African Energy Projects Competition
Tom Jackson – Disrupt-Africa (09.03.17)

Azuri Passes 100,000 PAYG System Milestone
StandardMedia (10.03.17)

USDA Provides Solar Feasibility Grants To Burkina Faso
Mark Hutchins – Pv-Magazine (10.03.17)

Uganda Open For Energy Investment Claims Minister
Irene Muloni – AllAfrica (10.03.17)


The Most Sustainable Town In America?
Marlene Cimons – OneStepOffTheGrid (14.03.17)Small Solar Row Brews In New York State
Gabe Altieri – WBFO (09.03.17)

Sunrun Aiming For Top US Standalone Solar Installer Spot
Eric Wesoff – GreenTechMedia (13.03.17)

Project Sunroof Sheds Light On US Solar Potential
Joel Conkling – Blog Google (14.03.17)

Science & Technology

House Of The Future A Shiny Rotating Blob
John Metcalfe – Citylab (10.03.17)New Outdoor Off-Grid Energy Storage Converter From AEG 
PR NewsWire (09.03.17)

Recycled Container House Operates 100% Off-Grid In South Africa
Lacy Cooke – Inhabitat (10.03.17)

Deep Mind Turns Its Thoughts To Energy Efficiency
Darcie Thompson-Fields – Access-AI (13.03.17)

Pink Solar Greenhouse Roof Trialled In US 
Hortidaily (14.03.17)


50 More Smart Villages Targeted In India
Newsgram (11.03.17)Inverter Industry Set To Grow In India Report Claims
Shreya Jai – Business-Standard (10.03.17)

Australian Farmers Looking To Off-Grid
Off-Grid (08.03.17)

Philippine Schools Receive Solar Lanterns
Jennie P.ardo – Sunstar (11.03.17)

Plea For Smart Grid Technology To Solve Bangladesh Access Problems
Sakib Bin Amin, Muntasir Murshed – TheFinancialExpress (11.03.17)

IIT Madras Plans To Take Solar Business Pan-India
S V Krishna Chaitanya – NewIndianExpress (13.03.17)

AES Making Major Solar Investment In Vietnam
Ivan Shumkov – RenewableSnow (13.03.17)

Call For Solar To Tackle Rural Poverty In China
He Shan – China (13.03.17)

Solar Dispute Continues In Samoa
SamoaObserver (13.03.17)

Competition Pushes Solar/Wind Prices Down In Pakistan
Syed Akhtar Ali – Tribune (13.03.17)

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