Smart Villages News 126 – Victims of Success?

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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 of the list for many, especially through the provision of lighting, as reflected in our recent webinar on refugees, displaced people, and energy. Several stories from India this week show the other side of the coin: renewable energy hardware, including panels, batteries, controls, is increasingly prized by thieves! Read about Solar Turtle in our Energy Entrepreneurs series to see a creative solution to this problem.

Smart Villages is excited to join forces with ECREEE and EUEI-PDF next week in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire for the High-level Workshop on Energy Access. We’ll share a report about the discussion. (Please note: only by prior invitation)

Lastly, the SEforALL FORUM in Brooklyn is rapidly approaching, and we look forward to meeting many of you there at our Partner Working Session: “Voices from the Village: Are you listening to what we really want?”
Come listen to village leaders from three continents discuss what is at stake for rural communities from now until 2030.

Top Stories

Dakar Workshop
The Dark Secret Behind Indian Rural Electrification
Like generations before him, the only light Jurdar Thingya has at night in his one-room mud hut in Maharashtra comes from a small wood fire on the floor. A broken solar panel is all that the 35-year-old farmer has to remind him of the government’s promise to bring electricity to all of India’s villages. […]

Saket Sundria, Rajesh Kumar Singh, Anindya Upadhyay – LiveMint (16.03.17)

Mobisol Opens Flagship Rural Store In Kenya
Governor Jack Ranguma on Tuesday launched Mobisol’s flagship store in Kisumu in a bid to tap into the rural market with off-grid solar systems. Ranguma said the launch affirms success of solar public-private partnerships, which benefit the community as a whole. He urged the public to consider solar energy to help save on energy related expenditure for an improved lifestyle. […]

StandardMedia (14.03.17)
Land Rights Blocking Indian Grid Extension
In February, the Rural Electrification Corporation Ltd (REC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the central government, signed a whopping Rs 39,000 crore loan deal with KPCL and Bescom for the rural electrification project with the Centre “optimistic” of the project taking off in a big way in the state. […]

TimesOfIndia (15.03.17)

New Global Off-Grid Solar Lighting Report
Global Off-grid Solar Lighting Market Research Report 2017. Wiseguyreports.Com Adds “Off-grid Solar Lighting -Market Demand, Growth, Opportunities, Manufacturers, Analysis of Top Key Players and Forecast to 2022” To Its Research Database. […]

OpenPR (17.03.17)

Community Solar Project To Counter Cattle Theft In Zimbabwe
Hundreds of households in Mhondoro Ngezi are set to benefit from a low cost solar system that was launched by government last week. The solar product can be used to power lights, irons, refrigerators and solar pumps and is being rolled out by Angaza, Greenlight Planet, Kiva International and Zonful Energy with the assistance of government. […]

DailyNews (19.03.17)

Beijing To Shut All Major Coal Plants To Stop Pollution
Beijing, where pollution averaged more than twice China’s national standard last year, will close the last of its four major coal-fired power plants next year. The capital city will shutter China Huaneng Group Corp.’s 845-megawatt power plant in 2016, after last week closing plants owned by Guohua Electric Power Corp. and Beijing Energy Investment Holding Co., according to a statement Monday on the website of the city’s economic planning agency. A fourth major power plant, owned by China Datang Corp., was shut last year. […]

Feifei Shen – Bloomberg (24.03.17)

Renewables Can Cut CO2 Emissions By 70% By 2050 Claims IRENA Report
Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions can be reduced by 70 percent by 2050 and can be completely phased-out by 2060 with a net positive economic outlook, according to new findings released on March 20 by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). With a mandate from over 170 nations worldwide, and the active engagement of the European Union, IRENA encourages governments to adopt enabling policies for renewable energy investments, provides practical tools and policy advice to accelerate renewable energy deployment; and facilitates knowledge sharing and technology transfer to provide clean, sustainable energy for the world’s growing population. […]

Cheryl Kaften – EnergyManagerToday (21.03.17)


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Deadline: 30 April

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Watch now! Refugees and energy webinar

Refugees and energy: Meeting the needs of refugees and displaced people
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Digital Green: How videos are transforming farming in India and across Africa
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Ex-Tesla Exec To Build Europe’s Biggest Battery Factory
Amy Williams – Off-Grid (14.03.17)Azuri Successfully Crowdfunds For Kenyan PAYG Expansion
CambridgeNetwork (15.03.17)Turn Human Waste Into Energy Urges Ghana’s Energy Minister
GhanaNewsAgency (15.03.17)


Hawaii Developer To Build Off-Grid Community
Sean Barry – ConstructionDive (15.03.17)Future Bright In Latin America For Off-Grid?
Adam Critchley – SolarPlaza (16.03.17)Brazil Tenders For Renewables To Clean Up Amazon Power
RechargeNewsBrasil Quiere Iniciar Discusiones Sobre La Energía De Itaipú Y No Esperar Al 2023 / Brazil Wants To Start Discussions About The Energy Of Itaipú And Not Wait Until 2023
AmericaEconomia (19.03.17)

Debatirán Futuro De Energía Renovable En Cuba Y El Caribe / Future Of Renewable Energy In Cuba And The Caribbean
Granma (20.03.17)

La Presencia De Empresas De Renovables Españolas En Latinoamérica Aumenta Un 83% En Tres Años / The Presence Of Spanish Renewable Companies In Latin America Increases 83% In Three Years
elEconomista (28.02.17)

Science & Technology

Cheap Clean Hydrogen From Light And Plants
Alexa Erickson – Collective Evolution (18.03.17)Is Biomass Green?
Mark W. Anderson – BangorDailyNews (18.03.17)IKEA Invests In Biogas Fuel Cells
Anna Simet – BiomassMagazine (17.03.17)Transforming Traditional Indian Mutt Kitchen With Technology
Vijaykumar Patil – TheHindu (18.03.17)

Sailing Ahead With New Marine Rotor Technology
Yle (17.03.17)

Rocky Mountain Report Outlines Solar Mini-Grid Potential For Sub-Saharan Africa
Mark Grundy – PR Web (22.03.17)

Solar Cell Efficiency Climbs Again
John Boyd – Spectrum (20.03.17)

Perovskite Spray On Cells Getting Closer
Bloomberg New Energy Finance (21.03.17)


Modi’s May Village Electrification Deadline To Be Missed
Kanchan Srivastava – DNA India (16.03.17)Musk Offers To Fix Australia’s Energy Crisis
Off-Grid (14.03.17)Sustained Engagement Key To Rural Energy Access Success In Borneo
Karen Bong – TheBorneoPost (15.03.17)Australian Utility Trials Large Scale Battery Storage For Island
Sophie Vorrath – OneStepOffTheGrid (16.03.17)

Domestic Gas Crisis Looms In Australia
Waleed Aly – The SundayMorningHerald (16.03.17)

Australia Getting Keen On Big Hydro Again
New Laos Rural Electrification Case Study Published
WorldWatch (20.03.17)

Philippines’ Conference Debates Need For Climate Smart Village Agriculture
William Dar – ManilaTimes (17.03.17)

World Bank Looks At Pakistan’s Renewables Challenge

Plea From Nepal To Harnass More Renewable Energy And End Load-Shedding
Bishal Thapa – MyRepublica (21.03.17)

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