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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 mind the tale of 12th century King Canute, who sat on his throne on a beach believing he could turn the tides back. So it is not just with anger but with optimism that the Smart Villages team now head to Brooklyn for the SEforALL Forum. Optimism because our recent closing workshops in both Southeat Asia and West Africa have reinforced our belief that the tide of renewable energy cannot be resisted. Come and visit our booth on Day 3 in the Market Place and our Village Voices session from 3pm-4pm on Day 3 –

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Coal In Free Fall?
The amount of new coal power being built around the world fell by nearly two-thirds last year, prompting campaigners to claim the polluting fossil fuel was in freefall. The dramatic decline in new coal-fired units was overwhelmingly due to policy shifts in China and India and subsequent declining investment prospects, according to a report by Greenpeace, the US-based Sierra Club and research network CoalSwarm. […]

Adam Vaughan – TheGuardian (22.03.17)PAYG Selling Like Hot Cakes In Kenya
Home to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Kenya is a hive of activity and a magnet for sustainable development-minded off-grid solar and energy storage startups. Having raised $40 million of capital over the course of the last four months of 2016, d.light announced that an average 800 Kenyan households a day are signing up for its D30 Pay-Go solar home system. […]

Andrew Burger – Microgridmedia (21.03.17)

Lights, Power, Action Urges AfDB 
African states and stakeholders have been urged to invest more in the power sector and close the continent’s energy deficit. Africa Progress Panel chairman and former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the African Development Bank (AfDB) chief, Akinwumi Adesina, made the call during the launch of the “Lights, Power, Action: Electrifying Africa,” report over the weekend. […]

Peterson Tumwebase – New Times (21.03.17)

Solar Generation Causing UK National Grid Rethink
Sunny weather on Saturday made history, according to National Grid. Solar PV connected to the distribution system reduced the draw on the main transmission system in the afternoon to a lower level than it had been overnight on Friday. That has never happened before, said the system operator. […]

Brendan Coyne – TheEnergyst (26.03.17)

Finland’s Wartsila Launches Innovative Rural Solar Thermal Project In Kenya
The technology group Wärtsilä has joined hands with Solar Fire Concentration, a Finland based company, to launch a new off grid energy technology that aims to give back to the society by breaking the cost-barriers currently limiting the deployment of solar thermal technologies in local entrepreneurial applications in East Africa. […]

PowerOnline (27.03.17)

Australian Waste Water Plants Go Off-Grid To Battle Climate Change
Solar panels are being planned for wastewater treatment plants at West Wodonga and Yackandandah after North East Water admitted its emissions were part of the global problem of climate change. The corporation has called for tenders for a 43kW solar system and 40kW of battery storage at the Yackandandah facility as part of a trial. […]

Shana Morgan – BorderMail (27.03.17)

Expanding African National Grids Doesn’t Make Economic Sense Says KPMG 
Energy security remains elusive on the African continent and is one of the biggest challenges engulfing the utility sector, according to KPMG experts. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that two out of three people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity. This equates to 620 million people on the continent without electricity, and for those that have, the supply is unreliable and very expensive compared to world standards. […]

Riante Naidoo – Infrastructurene (28.03.17)

Trump’s Climate Change Shift Is Really About Killing The International Order
President Trump has done what he promised: kneecapping America’s efforts to fight climate change. In a sweeping executive order Tuesday, the president rolled back rules limiting carbon emissions and regulating fossil fuel producers. Trump explained this dramatic shift in economic terms, saying that he wants to put coal miners back to work and make manufacturing cheaper. His critics suggest financial motives, too, albeit more nefarious ones: that he’s interested in little more than lining the pockets of his rich friends in the oil and gas industry. […]

Amanda Erickson – WashingtonPost (29.03.17)


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AFD Group Secures Euros 24 Million Lending Facility For African Off-Grid Projects
Matthew Amlôt – CPI Financial (21.03.17)N2 Billion To Kick Start Nigerian Rural Electrification
Chineme Okaforin Abuja – ThisDayLive (23.03.17)

Off-Grid Community Grant Scheme Launched In UK County
Stephen Penn – BedFordShire (22.03.17)

Discourse Media Announces 2017 Energy Access Fellows
Lindsay Sample – Discoursemedia (22.03.17)

USTDA Supports New Solar Plant In Ghana

Sierra Leone Government Makes Bold Commitments To Energy Access
Jeneba V. Kabba – AwarenessTimes (24.03.17)


Edmonton Allowing More Solar Roof Installations
Lydia Neufeld – CBC News (26.03.17)Toronto’s Energy Use Drops Only 2.2% During Earth Hour
Newswire (25.03.17)

Maryland Debates Off-Shore Wind Pros And Cons
DelmarvaNow (25.03.17)

While Maine Ponders Earlier Opposition Rethink
PressHerald (26.03.17)

El Salvador: Avanzan Los Proyectos De Energía Renovable / El Salvador: Renewable Energy Projects Move Forward
CentralAmericaData (28.03.17)

América Latina Y El Caribe Es La Segunda Mayor Productora De Carbón A Nivel Mundial / América Latina Y El Caribe Es La Segunda Mayor Productora De Carbón A Nivel Mundial
ComunicaRSE (27.03.17)

Science & Technology

New Airborne Wind Energy Report Published
Peter Harrop – EnergyHarvestingJournal (27.03.17)New Solar Refrigeration Models
Off-Grid (22.03.17)

Smart Village Network Laboratory Set Up In Saudi Arabia By EDF
Mohammed Rasooldeen – ArabNews (24.03.17)

Sherpa Solar Battery Pack Reviewed
Jordan Bush – FStoppers (24.03.17)

Nano-Materials Driving Solar Steam Generation Research Renaissance
. Mater. Chem. A – Pubs
Schneider Sets Up Micro-Grid Demonstrator In Singapore
Mariyana Yaneva – Renewables Now (27.03.17)


Spicy Indian Recipe For A Smart Village
LiveMint (22.03.17)Schneider CEO Outlines Indian Smart Villages Vision
Anil Chaudhry – BW Smartsties (21.03.17)

Speedcast Installs Small Cell Comms Grids In Rural Afghanistan
BusinessWire (21.03.17)

Solar Power Boosts Opportunities For Fijian Sugar Cane Communities
SolomonStarNews (24.03.17)

Sarawak Aims For More Coordination Of Rural Energy And Water Provision
Yunus Yussop – TheBorneoPost (24.03.17)

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