Smart Villages News 141 – Who would have thought?

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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 to Paris and renewables from G20 despite Trump’s stance. Secondly, you’ll find below a fascinating study from Kenya of the political impact of solar television–clearly people aren’t only watching Premier League football–and, thirdly, Volvo has confirmed that it will move to producing only electric cars. You’ll also read one slightly cautionary tale from Sri Lanka about a retreat from coal that led to increased use of diesel. Lastly, it is good to see gravity lights coming of age – a wonderful example of frugal technology.

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Volvo To Go Electric
Volvo, the Chinese-owned Swedish automaker, announced Tuesday that starting in 2019 it will only make fully electric or hybrid cars. “This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo’s president and chief executive, said in a statement. […]

Krishnadev Calamur – TheAtlantic (05.07.17)Power For All’s Shirley Calls For More Action Less Talk From G20
The G20 meets this week with energy and climate a central focus following President Trump’s much-criticized decision to pull the United States out of the Paris agreement. The G20 cannot use the Trump noise, however, as an excuse to renege on its earlier pledge to overcome another major global energy challenge: eradicating electricity poverty for 1.1 billion most rural poor, also known as U.N. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7. […]

Rebekah Shirley – Thompson Reuters Foundation News (05.07.17)

Youth Vital For Africa’s Development Says Namibia’s PM 
Liswaniso — Rundu-Young people are a vital resource on the African continent’s development agenda and should thus be encouraged to enter the public service that is geared towards the improvement of the lives of citizens through citizen-centred public service delivery, said Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila. […]

Michael Mutonga – AllAfrica (07.07.17)

G20 Continues Renewables Commitment Without Trump
The two-day G-20 summit that took place in Germany’s Hamburg city ended with the leaders proposing the Hamburg Action Plan to address major global challenges, including climate change, harnessing digitalisation, and to contribute to prosperity and well-being. […]

Outlook India (08.07.17)

Solar TV’s Having Political Impact In Kenya
A solar firm is aiming to cash in on the election fever backed by a study showing that a majority of customers not connected to the national electricity grid are now more politically aware since acquiring the sets six months ago. The survey conducted among a pool of over 250 new off-grid customers shows that 89 per cent have shifted their political opinions since buying the solar-powered TV sets from M-Kopa. […]

Wainaina Wambu – StandardMedia (08.07.17)


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Virgin Profiles M-Kopa Solar
Jesse Moore – Virgin (07.07.17)

South Africa Missing Chance To Create Renewables Jobs For Its Youth
Bizcommunity (05.07.17)

UNIDO Reaffirms Renewable Energy Support To The Gambia
ThePoint (06.07.17)

German Researchers Study Impact Of Solar Lighting In Kenya
Isabel Günther – Phys (06.07.17)

NGO Calls For Action On Energy Access In DRC 
International Rivers (05.07.17)

InfraCo Pledges $3.5 Million For Zambian Mini-Grid Project
BestMag (06.07.17)

World Bank Signs $50 Million Deal For Off-Grid Rural Electrification With Rwanda
Denyse Tuyishime – KTPress (07.07.17)

Ethiopian Budget Targets Rural Electrification
AllAfrica (07.07.17)


Methane Reduction Technology Grants Taken Up Locally In Canada
COLLIN GALLANT – MedicineHatNews (08.07.17)Greengro Signs Major Solar Vegetable Greenhouse Deal
GlobeNewsWire (10.07.17)Utility Lobbyists Fight Back Against Rooftop Solar
HIROKO TABUCHI – NYTimes (08.07.17)New York Biomass Plant Close To Getting Funding
Construction and Demolition (10.07.17)

Virginia Revives Offshore Wind Plans
Dave Mayfield – PilotOnline (10.07.17)

Science & Technology

Gravity Lights Coming Of Age
Jagdeep Worah – Domain-b (08.07.17)New Swiss Powerblox Designed For Swarm Arrangements
GreenTechLead (05.07.17)

Blitzwolf Joins Portable Solar Charger Ranks
Jason Bouwmeester – Techaeris (05.07.17)

Mini Wind Turbines Catch On
Vanessa Bates Ramirez – SingularityHub (09.07.17)

PhD Wanted For Large Scale Organic Photovoltaic Cell Manufacturing Project
FindAPh (04.07.17)

Tabucchi Shows Next Generation Solar Plus Storage System
ErieNewsNow (10.07.17)

The Digital Wind Farm Arrives

Even Bigger Offshore Turbines On The Way Say Siemens
OffShoreWind (10.07.17)


No Coal Just Means More Diesel Claims Sri Lankan Commentator
Vanessa Bates Ramirez – SingularityHub (09.07.17)How Much Power Does India Need For All Cars To Go Electric?
Shubhashish – ZeeBiz (07.07.17)TrinaBESS Targets Island And Remote Area “Markets” With Microgrid Solutions
PR NewsWire (07.07.17)Imperial Student Builds Indian Village Mini-Grid
Colin Smith – Imperial College London (10.07.17)

Indian Solar Storage Firms Call For Lower Taxes On Batteries
Imperial College London (10.07.17)

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