Frank Altena

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Maximizing Access to Energy for the Poor in Developing Asia

Publication | December 2013<p>Access to energy decreases poverty and empowers people, but in Asia and the Pacific more than 600 million people have no …

Sri Lanka

Powering Up Africa to Reduce Poverty

I recently saw saw a short video by Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, on the United Nations Foundation website, …

Rural Energy Access: The Case for Renewable Energy Mini-Grids

Two of the heaviest hitters within the international development world -- the United Nations and the World Bank -- recently came together to underscore their efforts to activate financing dedicated to delivering modern energy access by 2030 to the 1 in 5 people globally currently living without …

Renewable Energy

Crowdfunding aims to prove that solar power is a bankable sector

People in off-grid communities pay much more for energy, often of a poorer quality. Solar systems could leapfrog the grid and provide affordable, clean power<p>Last year, $244bn (£149bn) poured into global renewable investments. But only a tiny amount of that trickled down to where it is needed the …

Haiti switches on to solar power as sustainable electricity solution

Mirebalais is just an hour's drive north-east of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, but in terms of technological distance travelled, the town might as well be on another planet. On moonless nights, much of the capital is dark; its shacks and makeshift roadside stalls are lit only by flickering …

Calling All Village Infrastructure Angels

While it's potentially clean energy's next big market, off grid clean tech suffers from an acute lack of finance. That's the barrier to ramping up efforts to finally move 1.3 billion people around the world from darkness to light. Entrepreneurs have responded by repeatedly demanding $500 million in …

World Bank

Support LightSeed Energy to Send 2000 Solar Lights to Children in Africa

<b>LightSeed Energy</b> aims to send <b>2000 solar lights to children in Zambia</b> who lack access to electricity. To do this, they are busy <b>raising $30 000 via an</b> …

Renewable Energy

Here's Why Developing Countries Will Consume 65% of the World's Energy by 2040

China and India hold the world's fate in their hands as energy use skyrockets in poorer countries.<p>The Energy Shift now under way is as much geographical as it is technological. Case in point: By 2040, the developing world will account for 65 percent of the world’s energy consumption, according to a …

African social enterprises pave the way for solar power while stimulating the local economy

Nearly two billion people across the world live off-grid, with no access to electricity. Millions of households in rural areas of Africa, where electricity is either scarce or too costly to distribute widely, rely on kerosene lamps as their alternative source of lighting. Yet kerosene is …

DOE to add more renewable energy in grid by 2014

MANILA, Philippines – In 2014, enough renewable energy to power 126,700 households will feed into the National Power Grid, a first step for the …

Rural areas in dark with least power connections

News<p>ADVERTISEMENT<p>25/11/2013<p>In Summary<p>ADVERTISEMENT<p>ADVERTISEMENT<p>Majority of the country’s population has no access to basic amenities, a new survey …

Energy delivery models that work for people living in poverty

IIED and CAFOD are working together to understand better how these models can be customized to provide a better fit with the varied socio-cultural …

Peer Review

Lighting up Africa

One afternoon not long ago, I was travelling in rural Ghana with a man who had never been there before. He was delighted by the bustle and business …

Pay-as-You-Go Solar Panels Offer African Communities a Cheaper Energy Alternative

Kerosene is the fuel of choice for families living off the grid in sub-Saharan Africa – however it inflicts a heavy toll on people’s health and costs …

Wind for Prosperity to Bring Power to 200,000 People in Kenya

A public-private partnership will bring a boost in renewable energy to some of the poorest communities in Kenya.<p>Thirteen Kenyan communities with …

Wind power for the poor: can Vestas' new program yield investor returns?

What do you get when you mix a supercomputer, health data and refurbished wind turbines? You get a chance to bring clean power to corners of the world where access to electricity could significantly improve people's lives.<p>That's the idea behind Vestas' Wind for Prosperity program, which the world's …

Making Solar Energy Even Cheaper: Rent-to-Own

Oct 21, 2013<p><i>By Cindy Nawilis, community and operations lead</i><p>It’s an understatement to say that we’re continually impressed by the work of our solar …

Solar Power

grid energy competition in India

<b>NEW DELHI:</b> The Climate Group, in collaboration with the World Bank Institute and the Dutch Postcode Lottery, has launched an off-grid energy …

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Philips: Why The World Needs More Light

Lighting is being managed and generated in news ways as the world's population increases and requires more resources.<p>We know that the world’s …