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Webinar Series: Sustainable Energy in Humanitarian Settings

This four-part webinar series will focus on humanitarian energy issues to raise awareness and spread knowledge about different technologies, best practices, and impacts.
State of Play: Sustainable Energy in Humanitarian Settings - The first webinar of the series will provide a comprehensive picture of what kind of solutions exist in the humanitarian sector and how the humanitarian system works.
When: 25 June, Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.CEST (check your local time)
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This webinar series is organized jointly by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), energypedia UG and United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). The webinar series is a contribution to the Global Plan of Action for Sustainable Energy Solutions in Situations of Displacement (GPA).

Meet Us in Brussels

Meet our colleague Lisa Feldmann at the European Development Days to discuss about energy issues in the humanitarian sector.
When: 18-19 June 2019

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Solar PV in Hot Climate Zones: This article by Till Serafimov focuses on three main components of solar PV systems i.e. PV panels, inverters, and modules; and how to maintain them in hot climate conditions.

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Energy Sector News

Debate on Energy for Refugees during European Development Days

How can markets for energy services be created in refugee settlements, assuring that no one is left behind?
The Energising Development programme and its partners Practical Action, the Netherlands Development Organisation and the Dutch foundation Hivos will discuss this question during the European Development Days (EDD) in Brussels on 19th June.
The panel will share examples from the ground and discuss about alternative delivery models and how development and humanitarian sectors can learn from each other. Read more...

Off-grid Electrification in Rwanda

Rwanda has a national target of achieving 100% electrification by 2024. According to the Rwanda Energy Group, 48% of Rwandan households will use off-grid solutions to meet their needs, while 52% will be connected to the grid, to achieve this electrification target. Rwanda also received USD 48.94 million funding from the World Bank to scale up the deployment of solar home systems and renewable energy mini-grids. Read more….

Petition for Implementing Tariffs on Imported Solar Modules in South Africa

ARTsolar, a South African solar maker has filed a petition for implementing custom tariffs on all imported crystalline silicon PV panels in South Africa. As there are no anti-dumping duties in South Africa, many solar manufacturers have ceased their production due to the high competition from low-priced imported solar panels. Read more…

1,300 Villages to be Electrified in Myanmar in FY2019-20

As part of the National Electrification Project (NEP), 1300 villages in rural areas will be electrified using solar power. The villagers will have to cover 20% of the power-generation cost while the rest will be covered by the government. NEP aims to achieve 100% electrification by 2030. Read more…

500 MW Solar Program for Ethiopia

The World Bank has provided USD 1.2 billion funding to Ethiopia for the Scaling Solar program. This program aims to install up to 500 MW of solar energy in Ethiopia. The first phase will be developed in Somali Regional State and Afar Regional State. Each of the regions will generate 125 MW solar power and will require USD 150 million respectively. Read more...

Mini-grid Program in Nigeria Launched

The Rural Electrification Agency of Nigeria has launched the mini-grid and solar home components of the Nigeria Electrification Project. The mini-grid component aims to extend electricity services to 300,000 households and 30,000 enterprises in rural areas by 2023. Interested applicants should submit their applications by June 3rd, 2019. Read more...

New Publications

2019 Tracking SDG7 - The Energy Progress Report

In 2017, 840 million people are living without electricity and around 3 billion people in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa still do have access to clean cooking. This report also highlights that the world is moving towards achieving the SDG 7 goal but will fall short of meeting the targets by 2030.
This report is produced jointly by the World Bank, the International Energy Agency, the International Renewable Energy Agency, the United Nations Statistics Division and the World Health Organization. Read more… 

Gender in the Transition to Sustainable Energy for All: From Evidence to Inclusive Policies

This publication from ENERGIA provides empirical evidence of all benefits achieved by incorporating a gender-approach in energy access interventions. It explores five thematic areas: electrification, productive uses of energy, energy sector reform, the role of the private sector in scaling up energy access, the political economy of energy sector policies and women’s energy entrepreneurship. Read more…

Lasting Impact: Sustainable Off-Grid Solar Delivery Models to Power Health and Education

This report evaluates the different delivery models for deploying PV systems in public health and education facilities and how these models contribute to or hinder sustainability. It is based on the Kenya Off-Grid Solar Access Project for Underserved Counties and the Regional Off-Grid Electrification Project in West Africa. Read more...
The UN Foundation and SEforALL unveiled this publication. 

Productive Use With Renewable Energies

This publication by Practical Action documents their experiences and lessons learned while implementing the productive use project in rural Peru. It provides recommendation and guidelines for implementing similar projects in other areas. Read more...

Renewable Energy Access and Socio-economic Development: The Case of Smallholder Farmers in Mchinji and Rumphi Districts in Malawi

This publication by Oxfam explores the role and extent to which renewable energy access can contribute to the social and economic development of smallholder farmers in Malawi. It is based on a sample of 322 households in Malawi. Read more…

In the Dark: How Much Do Power Sector Distortions Cost South Asia

According to this World Bank report, the power distortions in South Asian countries cost up to 4-7% of GDP a year. The report measures the economic cost of distortion via a welfare perspectives i.e impact on consumer wellbeing, producer surplus, and environmental costs. It also includes the entire supply chain of power supply, including upstream fuel supply and downstream access and reliability in its analysis. Read more...


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