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Webinar: Sustainable Energy for Essential Humanitarian Services

How is the corporate sector partnering with humanitarian organizations to provide energy for essential services, such as water, health, and education? This webinar will present examples from two energy companies. It will also include an in-depth case study by the ICRC about solar pumping in Arsal, Lebanon.
When: 19 September, Thursday at 3:00 pm CEST (check your local time)
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This webinar is the second of the four-part webinar series “Sustainable Energy in Humanitarian Settings”. It 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).


Mini-Grid Sustainability: Transitioning to Enterprise-based Micro Hydropower

Collective research and hindsight within the Hydro Empowerment Network reveal that the long-term sustainability and impact of hydro mini-grids is dependent on how well the project is run as a viable and inclusive enterprise. This webinar – the 3rd in the series – will feature mini-grid practitioners in South and Southeast Asia who are leading the transition from grant-dependent to enterprise-based micro and mini-hydropower projects. Read more...
When: 17 Sep, Tuesday at 2:00 pm CEST

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Energy Sector News

Zimbabwe Removes Import Duties on Solar Products

Zimbabwe has removed import duties on all solar-related products. The government has also mandated that all new buildings in the country should have solar systems installed. This new rule aims to encourage local production as well as importing of solar equipment in Zimbabwe. Read more...

India to Hike Import Duties on Solar Equipment

To promote domestic manufacturing of solar equipment, India will increase the import duties on all imported solar equipment. It has previously applied safeguard duty on solar cells imported from China & Malaysia. The safeguard duty was 25% for July 2018 to July 2019. It has decreased to 20% for July 2019 to Jan 2020 and will further decrease to 15% for Jan 2020 to July 2020. Read more….

Public Tender for Electrifying Households in Mozambique

Mozambique has an electrification rate of 32% and hence, there is a need to accelerate access to electricity, especially in rural areas. This public tender aims to electrify 260,000 households in 4 different provinces in Mozambique: Nampula, and Niassa in the north, Manica in the center, and Maputo in the south. Read more…

South Africa Plans 250 MW of Wind Projects

UK Climate Investments will provide USD 17 million to support the installation of 250 MW of wind projects in South Africa. These wind projects will supply electricity to around 200,000 homes and mitigate about 844,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year. Read more…

SEforALL and the UN Foundation Join Forces

The SEforALL and the UN Foundation have agreed to integrate the UN Foundation’s energy access program into SEforALL. Combining both organizations’ work under SEforALL banner will expand and accelerate efforts in different energy-related-areas: energy and health, clean energy mini-grids, and energy for displaced people. Read more...

Zimbabwe Owes USD 74 Million in Electricity Debt

Zimbabwe owes both Eskom & Hydro Cahorra Bassa, public utilities, around USD 74 million in debt. The government negotiated a weekly pay back of USD 890,000 with ESKOM. After this weekly payment, ESKOM has agreed to supply 400 MW of electricity to Zimbabwe. Read more...

New Publications

The Kenya eCookbook to Save Time & Money: Beans & Cereals edition

This cookbook explores different cooking fuels and appliances used in the Kenyan household. It shows how households can save time, energy and money by using smarter cooking techniques, fuels, and appliances. The cookbook focuses mainly on electric cooking and energy-efficient cooking practices as well as cooking appliances. Read more…
Jon Leary & Jacob Fodio Todd authored this publication.  

Exploring the Nexus of Mini-grids and Digital Technologies

Mini-grids coupled with the digital technologies has opened up new opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa. However, this increased adoption of digital technology also raises the question of data security and privacy. This report looks into the mini-grid and digital technology nexus and provides suggestions for sustainably incorporating digital technologies into mini-grids. Read more…
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Enerpirica & Reiner Lemoine Institute released this report.

Integrated Electrification Pathways for Universal Access to Electricity: A Primer

This report from the SEforALL proposes an integrated approach to electricity planning called, Integrated Electrification Pathways (IEPs). It provides experiences from Nepal, Ethiopia, and Togo to serve as examples for other countries who are transitioning to sustainable energy access for all. Read more...

How does Energy Matter? Rural Electrification, Entrepreneurship, and Community Development in Kenya

This research paper examines the ­­­impact of rural electrification on entrepreneurship and community growth in Kenya. It finds that electrification increases average household income, and entrepreneurial activities. There is also evidence that women-led households benefit more as compared to men-led. Read more...
Antoine Vernet, Jane N.O. Khayesi, Vivian George, Gerard George & Abubakar S. Bahaj authored this paper.

Have Improved Cookstoves Benefited Rural Kenyans? : Findings from the EnDev Initiative

This paper from the World Bank summarizes the socioeconomic benefits of improved cookstoves (ICS) in rural Kenya. The results are based on the clean cookstove program implemented by the EnDev program of GIZ.  ICS adoption has created over 4,200 jobs in Kenya. It has also saved 638,000 tons of firewood consumption and reduced CO2 emissions by 738,000 tons between 2016 and 2017. Read more…

How Do Enterprises Benefit from Grid Connection? : The Case of Rural Electrification in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s non-farm sector mostly consists of rural enterprises (85% of GDP). Electrifying these enterprises would significantly boost the country’s economic growth. This paper from the World Bank documents the effect of electrification on revenue and profits of rural enterprises in Bangladesh. Read more...


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