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Increased resilience for communities has been one of the key dividends of off-grid energy we have confirmed during the first phase of the Smart Villages Initiative. Our workshops in Nepal, Philippines and the Dominican Republic discussed how solar, wind and hydro power can quickly help recovery programs, not just when the grid goes down, but also if diesel supplies are interrupted. In this terrible week, with floods and hurricanes devastating the southern US, Bangladesh and as I write the Caribbean and potentially Florida, hopefully, the latest off-grid technology advances can help communities in their hour of need.

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Efficient PPAs Key To Hybrid Micro-Grid Development Says New Study
In terms of micro-grids, key to reducing diesel consumption by renewables are efficient PPAs, finds consultancy THEnergy, noting that the complexity of these contracts is much greater than in the case of grid-connected photovoltaic systems. […]

MARIJA DJORDJEVIC – PV-Magazine (30.08.17)Energy At The Heart Of Civilisation Believes We Mean Business CEO Topping
“It’s a huge topic, from a moral topic, to political scale, where does the transition in the energy economy for mean geopolitics,” said Nigel Topping, CEO of We Mean Business Coalition at the ‘3rd Business and Climate Summit 2017’.“Energy is at the heart of the civilization. It dictates the distribution of resources”, he said, adding that “it’s also a security issue, it dictates many of the conflicts of the world today.” […]

Anurit Kanti – Businessworld (01.09.17)

Little Sun Diamond Raises The Bar In Solar Lamp Design
There are 1.1 billion people living without access to the electrical grid, leaving their basic needs unfulfilled — clean light and energy are necessary to human existence and community life. internationally-renowned artist olafur eliasson and solar engineer frederik ottesen launched the little sun project back in 2012 in hopes of redefining that reality, with a mission of bringing solar light to nations with limited resources. […]

nina azzarello – DesignBoom (01.09.17)

Smart Villages Centre Opened At KLU In India
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu stated that the AP government was promoting innovation centres to turn Amaravati into a research hub. He was speaking at the open innovation hackathon building on Smart Villages at KL University in Guntur district on Thursday. […]

DeccanChronicle (01.09.17)

Women’s Network For Energy And Environment Formed In Nepal
Women’s Network for Energy and Environment (WoNEE) has been formed here today at the national level with the objective of exerting pressure for ensuring women’s participation through inclusive and participatory development and management of the energy sector. […]

MyRepublica (03.09.17)


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New Off-Grid Box Solution From Italy
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Solar-Powered Hydrogen Production Now Feasible Claims NEL CEO 
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Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Urged To Explore Micro-Grids
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Solar Lighting Up Cambodia’s Villages
Chea Vannak – KhmerTimes (01.09.17)

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