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French Version of Solar Power Irrigation Toolbox

The Solar Power Irrigation Toolbox (SPIS) is now available in French. Check out the toolbox for informative modules and user-friendly tools (calculations sheets, checklists, guidelines) on solar irrigation. 
The toolbox is developed by the GIZ in collaboration with the FAO, under the global initiative Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC). It is hosted freely on energypedia.

Today: Webinar on Mini-grid Financing

This webinar “Mini-Grid Financing: Enabling the Role of Local Banks” will feature banks and financing specialists from South and Southeast Asia who have enabled local banks and local developers in the region to make financing available for small-scale hydro mini-grids. It is the 2nd in a series of four webinars. Read more…
When: Today! Friday, 28 June 2019 at 3:00 p.m. CEST
Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/286958640442813452 

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Kenya Accelerates Access to Electricity

Kenya aims to achieve universal access to electricity by 2022 and is already leading in East Africa in terms of electricity access. Currently, there are 18 million people without access to electricity in Kenya. The government aims to connect these households via grid expansion or off-grid solutions. A subsidized plan will help the households to pay the connection fee of KSH 15,000 gradually. Read more...

Over 10,000 Benefit from Solar-powered Mini-grid

The Mashaba solar powered mini-grid provides cheaper and reliable power to over 10,000 farmers in Zimbabwe. This mini-grid is financed by the European Development Fund and aims to help the local community to survive droughts, enhance food security and improve livelihoods. Read more….

Financing for Emerging Solar Markets

The Climate Investor One program has captured USD 850 million worth of financing for developing renewables in Africa, Asia & Latin America. This amount sums up to approximately 1.7 GW of clean energy projects which will be installed in 11 different countries: Burundi, Cameroon, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Mongolia, Madagascar, Djibouti, Morocco, Nigeria & Indonesia. Read more…

RECP Transitions into GET.invest

The former Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) has transitioned into GET.invest in early 2019. This program provides market information, advises projects and businesses on obtaining access to finance, and organises B2B networking events with partners. One of the core services is Finance Catalyst advising on project structuring and accessing finance. Learn more…

Nepal: First Step to a Smart Electricity Grid

Nepal is set to embrace the digital technology wave by implementing smart metering, consequently enhancing operational efficiency and the implementation of a smart grid. Nepal’s electricity authority plans to deploy 100,000 smart meters as one way of mitigating the many challenges the country’s power sector suffers from. Read more...

Energy Supply-Demand Gap in Rwanda

The current generation capacity of Rwanda is about 221 MW, but the country has a target to generate 512 MW by 2024. Rwanda hopes that the private sector operators will play a major role to meet the 2024 goals. Currently, the private sector contributes about 49% of the total generation and is planned to reach up to 70% by 2024. Read more...

New Publications

Beyond Fire: How to Achieve Electric Cooking

This publication is an update of the 2016 published report ‘Beyond Fire: How to achieve sustainable cooking’. It focuses on how the economics of electric cooking using solar home systems and mini-grids have evolved since 2016. It then provides the cost competitiveness of different appliances such as slow cookers and pressure cookers. Read more… 
World Future Council and Hivos jointly unveiled this report.

Renewable Energy and Jobs: Annual Review 2019

According to this report from IRENA, the renewable sector worldwide employed 11 million people in 2018. Solar PV is still the largest employer providing a third of the sector’s jobs. Countries like China, the United States, and the European Union provided the largest number of renewable jobs while other Asian countries have emerged as PV panel exporters. About 32% of renewable jobs are held by women. Read more…

Shining a Light: How Lighting in or around Sanitation Facilities Affects the Risk of Gender-Based Violence in Camps

This report highlights that good quality-lighting around refugee camps make people feel safer, but lighting alone cannot remove gender-based violence (GBV). Other factors such as location, and quality of sanitation facilities (clean, with locks, doors, etc.) also play a significant role in GBV.  Read more...
OXFAM, Humanitarian Innovation Fund, and Loughborough University released this publication. 

Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2018

This report from IRENA highlights the latest trend in costs of renewable energy technologies. In 2018, the global cost of electricity decreased by 26% for concentrated solar power, 14% for bioenergy as well as solar, 13% for onshore wind, 12 % for hydropower and 1% for both geothermal and offshore wind. Read more...

Renewables 2019 - Global Status Report

According to this report from REN21, renewables provided about 26% of global electricity generation in 2018. Solar PV and wind have now become mainstream in the power sector and many countries are generating more than 20% of their energy using solar PV and wind. However, little progress has occurred in the heating, cooling and transport sector. Read more…

Mapping of Cereals, Fisheries and Other Productive Use Businesses for Village Mini-grids: A Review of 15 African Countries

The report focuses on productive use (PU) activities in 15 African countries, namely: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. It then identifies 43 different types of off-grid PU activities that are relevant for village-based mini-grids. Read more...
Energy 4 Impact & Inensus published this report. 

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