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USD 500 Million for Renewables in Sub-Saharan Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched a USD 500 million debt fund, the Facility for Energy Inclusion. This facility provides debt finance through two windows­­. The first is an off-grid credit line with USD 100 million for off-grid energy access companies. The second is an on-grid credit line with USD 400 million for small scale renewables (less than 25 MW) and USD 30 million for independent power producers and mini-grids. Read more...

Financing Program for Off-grid Power

The AfDB has approved a multinational financing program for Distributed Energy Service Companies. This program will enable the installation of around 45 MW solar PV to provide clean energy access for 900,000 households by 2025 in sub-Saharan Africa. It will also create approx. 6,000 new jobs and save 37.08 kilotons of CO2 eq emissions every year. Read more….

USD 100 Million Loan for Rural Internet in Nigeria

Nigeria will receive a USD 100 million loan from India to expand internet coverage in rural areas. This loan will support the installation of about 1,000 solar-powered telecom sites within a year. Nigeria aims to achieve 70% broadband penetration rate by 2021. This loan is a part of the USD 10 billion five-year concessional loan from India to African states for development projects. Read more…

150,000 Households to be Electrified in Malawi

Malawi has about 11 percent electrification rate in the country with only about 4 percent in the rural areas. To support the electrification rate, the Solar Home System Kick-Starter program will provide access to electricity for approx. 150,000 households within the next 3 years. This program is funded by USAID and will involve the private sector to increase the country’s renewable energy generation capacity. Read more…

2019 Ashden Awards Winners Announced

This year’s Ashden award was presented to ten organizations for their efforts in carbon-cutting, health-improving, air cleaning, poverty busting, silk weaving, tree planting, and pig-dung recycling. Winners included EQuota Energy, Karuna Trust,, REEP, Resham Sutra, Alcaldía de Medellin, Highview Power, London Borough of Waltham Forest and SMV Green. Read more...

Largest Solar Powered Hospital in Africa

The FOCOS Hospital in Ghana has implemented a 700 KWp/1 MWh solar plant, one of the largest solar implementations in hospitals in Africa. This plant costs about USD 1.5 million and includes over 2,400 solar panels as well as a 1 MWh lithium-ion phosphate battery. The plant has helped the hospital to cut down the electricity bill by 6 percent and to go completely off-grid. Read more...

New Publications

Renewable Energy Auctions: Status and Trends Beyond Price

This brief by IRENA focuses on how to design auctions, not only for prices but beyond that. Other goals could be: integrating higher shares of and more varied renewable technologies, increasing the percentages of installed wind and solar in particular, ensuring that concerned communities or other involved players to participate more actively, and achieving maximum possible socio-economic benefits of applying renewables. 
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Powering Jobs Census 2019: The Energy Access Workforce

This report from Power for All analyses the employment data from about 150 Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) companies in India, Kenya & Nigeria for 2017. Key findings include: as compared to formal jobs, DRE employs twice the workers via informal jobs and five times via productive use jobs; pico-solar and solar home system companies provide the most jobs; there is a critical gap in management skills in the DRE sector; and women have the lowest participation in the formal DRE sector while it is high in the informal sector. Read more…

Measuring Impacts and Enabling Investments in Energy-Smart Agrifood Chains

This study by FAO and GIZ aims to identify the main challenges of applying renewable energy technologies in agrifood chains, measuring the impacts of that approach, how to overcome these challenges, and finally to enable investments in the sector. It includes four case study countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Tunisia and the Philippines. Read more...

Mini Grids for Half a Billion People: Market Outlook and Handbook for Decision Makers

Currently, about 1.2 billion people worldwide lack access to electricity. This report from the World Bank suggests that almost half a billion people can be provided with cost-effective electricity using mini-grids. It analysis the cost of solar-hybrid mini-grid systems and stresses on the importance of early financing as well as income-generating machinery to make mini-grids viable. It also provides insights on how mini-grids can be scaled up. Read more...

Off-Grid Appliance Performance Testing: Results and Trends for Early-Stage Market Development

This paper provides a snapshot of the current status of the off-grid appliance market, efficiency and cost trends as well as the challenges of the sector. It includes research from top three appliances: television, fan, and refrigerator. The prices are decreasing for these appliances but are still not affordable for off-grid consumers in Africa and South-Asia. Read more…

GET.invest Market Insight Packages

These Market Insight Packages include condensed and practical manuals on how to do business in different market segments and countries. Four packages have been launched that focuses on topics such as renewable energy in the agricultural value chain in Senegal, captive power in Uganda, mini-grids in Zambia and stand-alone solar systems in Zambia. Read more...


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