Newsletter - June 2017
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From the United Nations Foundation 

Dear Friends,

Hujambo! We are happy to report that we have just concluded a successful workshop on Last Mile Distribution in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in collaboration with the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA). The two-day workshop was designed to address the needs of distributors, who -- in spite of their critical role in meeting the energy access challenge -- are among the least supported parts of the off-grid electricity value chain in Africa today.

Over 75 participants joined us for this country-focused workshop, which provided a platform for in-depth discussions on a range of topics, including: market development, quality standards, marketing and consumer education, and policy. The workshop concluded with three academy-style sessions on business development, data, and financing. Throughout the program, the presenters and participants touched on multiple cross-cutting issues such as how to strengthen the enabling environment, or how to ensure gender is mainstreamed across the value chain. All presentations can be found here.

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We will be sharing a detailed workshop report with all participants and Practitioner Network members in the coming weeks to delve into these takeaways further.


Following the workshop, we were joined by 30 local Practitioner Network members for an in-country networking event and happy hour, which we had the pleasure of hosting outside of our Washington, DC office this quarter. To hear from our Practitioner Network members directly about your successes and challenges, your concerns, and to celebrate your accomplishments in person are some of the most rewarding moments for us. We look forward to facilitating more peer-to-peer interactions and partnership building in-country to achieve SDG7 together.

Sincerely,

  JemPorcaro.jpg Jem Porcaro
Senior Director, Energy Access
United Nations Foundation
 
       
 
 

AfDB Combines Energy & Agriculture in Fundraising Drive, and Commits Sh.1.2 Trillion to Light Up Africa 
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has embarked on a fund-raising drive to finance the expansion of energy, with the immediate aim of connecting 200 million people with clean energy even as it continues its push to unlock barriers to effective investments in the argiulture sector. AfDB will spend Sh1.2 trillion ($12 billion) to enhance electricity access in Africa in the next five years.

 
IFC to Provide US$55 Million in Funding for Mozambique's First Utility-Scale PV Project
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, will provide a financial package of US$55 million to build Mozambique's first utility-scale PV project. The financing includes US$19 million from IFC's own account, US $19 million from Climate Investment FUnds and a syndicated loan of up to US$17 million. 
 
 
Call for Expressions of Interest for Mini-Grids by the Government of Sierra Leone |  Closing Soon
 
The Microgrid Investment Accelerator (MIA) is Seeking to FInance the Deployment of Microgrid Projects | Closing Soon
 
2018 Rolex Awards for Enterprise | Closing Soon
 
Call for Expression of Interest: For Private Sector Companies to Expand Distribution of Non-Wood Based Cooking Fuels in and Around Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya | Deadline July 2

 
 
M-KOPA Solar Announces It Has Connected 200k Homes in East Africa
  
Simpa Networks Bring First Solar TV Service to India
 
Mobisol is Recognized as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum
 
Practitioner Network Members Recognized as Winners of Ashden Awards 2017
 
Azuri is Named 2017 Gold Edison Award Winner
 
Are PayGo Solar Companies a New Type of Microfinance Institution?
 
 

Climatescope: The Off-Grid Data Hub 
For the first time, the data hub allows users to discover all of the Climatescope dedicated off-grid sub-indicators. The Cliamtescope off-grid data viewers offers an overview and comparison of 23 countries, providing electricity prices and fuel prices for each country along with a multitude of indicators. The data hub allows users to discover, by country, the following indicators: barriers, clean energy policies, clean energy rural electrification, distributed energy framework, energy access policies, and power setor structure. The data hub also offers sub-indicators, such as: cost reflective tariffs, mini-grid concessions and thresholds, pico-solar quality standards, presence of a program, and more. 

 

  

Smart Villages "Pocket Guide" for Rural Energy and Development
This pocket guide is intended as a quick reference to off-grid technologies, policies, and impacts - including stories of successful village energy projects from across the global south.

For remote off-grid villages, local solutions are often both more realistic and cheaper than national grid extension. TOgether, energy and entrepreneurship underpin lasting development in smart villages, alongside the many services they can propel: health, education, WASH, livelihoods and productive uses of energy...and beyond. 

 
 
  
 
 
   
 
  Member Spotlight: Fenix International     
 

Since 2009, Fenix International has provided transformative energy and financial services to off-grid customers, while keeping customer experience at the heart of its business. Fenix has reached over 100,000 customers in Uganda by ensuring high-quality products, selling ReadyPay solar home systems on a lease-to-own basis, and partnering with the trusted telco brand MTN. Fenix continues to expand its product line and reach new geographies in 2017 to bring energy access, an exceptional experience, and better lives to even more families in the future.

 
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Photo Credit: Fenix International

 
   
 
 
Gulf News Environment
60 Million Households Use Off-Grid Electricity 
   
Live Mint
Indo-African Bilateral Trade Will Touch $100 Billion by 2018
   
Inside EVs
Tesla Powerpack and Solar Power Takes African Camp Off Grid
   
The Indian Express
India Government to Electrify All Rural Households by May 2018
   
   
REN21 
Renewables 2017 Global Status Report
 
Hystra
Reaching Scale in Access to Energy: Lessons from Practitioners
 
Michaël Aklin, Patrick Bayer, S.P. Harish Johannes Urpelainen
Does Basic Energy Access Generate Socioeconomic Benefits? A Field Experiment with Off-Grid Solar Power in India
 

 

 
 

Welcome to the following organizations that have joined the Practitioner Network in the past month:

France 
Global Solar Solutions

Kenya
Pamoja Life
Mozambique
Research and Development Associates
Nepal
Khapad Vidhya Niketan
Nigeria
Sharon Consultative and Research Management 

Tanzania 
Strategic Energy

Last Mile

United States
Empowered Solar

OffGridBox

National Regulatory Research Institute 

 
   
 
Africa Solar & Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2017
June 27-28 
Nairobi, Kenya
 
Hydro Vision International
June 27-30
Denver, Colorado, USA 
 
African Carbon Forum
June 28-30
Cotonou, Benin
 
High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2017

July 10-19 
New York, USA 

 
International Energy Workshop 2017
July 12-14
College Park, Maryland, USA 
 
Solar Africa 2017
July 12-13
Kigali, Rwanda  
 
International Conference on Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Africa 

July 25-28 
Sunyani, Ghana
 
Solar O&M South Africa

September 5-6
Johannesburg, South Africa

 
72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) 
September 12-25 
New York, USA 
 
     
   
     
   
 
     
 
 

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