Development Projects

AMORE Alliance Celebrates the Coming of Light to Remote Parts of Mindanao

Oct 24th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: South Asia, Top Story, US Government

On 10 June 2009, the coming of light to over 8,000 households in more than 270 rural villages in Mindanao was celebrated by the Alliance for Mindanao Off-grid Renewable Energy (AMORE) Program. Members of the alliance – led by United States Ambassador Kristie Kenney and Department of Energy officials – and program partners in the [...]

Beyond the Storm, Eco-Friendly Dream Homes

Oct 23rd, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: South Asia

“I don’t think I will ever miss the old home; it never protected us from floods and storms!” said Dadi Ibrahim, a widow. Her only association, she said, with her dilapidated hut is the “fond memories” of living there with her late husband. The 65-year-old resident of Village Haji Jaffar Jamari, in Thatta district in [...]

Winners of Energy Innovation Prize Announced

Oct 16th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Latin America

Two clean energy projects from St Lucia are the first of an expected 25 awards which will be made in the 2009 IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest for Latin America and the Caribbean. The entrepreneurs have won a total of $280,000 USD to develop innovative technologies to meet the challenges of energy access and climate change. [...]

SolarAid launches micro-franchise commitment at Clinton Global Initiative

Oct 16th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Sub-Saharan Africa

SolarAid announced at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York its new commitment to scaling up a micro-franchise network across East Africa to reduce greenhouse gases and boost economic development. SolarAid is identifying, training and supporting a growing network of micro-franchisees under the brand name Sunnymoney. These franchisees are drawn from the poorest communities in [...]

Solar Power Brings Light and Water to Ugandan Hospital

Oct 15th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Sub-Saharan Africa, US Government

Lack of electricity is a core cause of malnutrition, starvation, illiteracy and extreme poverty around the world. Moreover, lack of reliable, affordable, clean energy disproportionately harms the health, education and productivity of women and children—who make up the majority of the poor in any community. Providing electricity to poor communities can reduce the amount of [...]

PlayPump has brought water and fun to more than 1200 communities

Oct 3rd, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Sub-Saharan Africa

Access to clean drinking water is critical for human survival and is an essential ingredient for improving the lives of those living in poverty in developing countries. And yet: More than one billion people worldwide do not have access to clean water. Water-related diseases are the leading cause of death in the world, taking the [...]

New Energy Frontiers Expand Global Connections

Sep 25th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Development Projects, Top Story

WASHINGTON: One cannot open a newspaper without reading the word globalization, yet vast areas of the world are left out of a globalized network for a simple reason: lack of electricity. Denied power, rural communities continue to remain isolated, mired in poverty, deprived of the potential for economic development and modern social services. The quest [...]

Schneider Electric creates a €3 million socially responsible venture capital fund

Sep 23rd, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Development Projects, Energy and Environment

Schneider Electric announces the creation of a global socially responsible venture capital fund called Schneider Electric Energy Access, with an initial capital of €3 million. The fund’s mission is to support the development of entrepreneurial initiatives worldwide that will help the poorest among us obtain access to energy. Created with the backing of Crédit Coopératif, [...]

Light Gives Students a Chance at Night School

Aug 24th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Solar PV, Sub-Saharan Africa, US Government

Less than two percent of Liberia’s estimated two million rural dwellers have access to electricity. Most rely on candles or small kerosene lamps to light up their evening activities. But limited lighting impedes chores after dark, prevents post-dusk operation of small businesses, limits the ability of students to study, and contributes to poor security. At [...]

12 Companies Plan Establishment of the Desertec Industrial Initiative

Jul 13th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: North Africa and Middle East, Solar Thermal

Munich – 12 companies today signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Munich to establish a DESERTEC Industrial Initiative (DII). The objective of this initiative is to analyse and develop the technical, economic, political, social and ecological framework for carbon-free power generation in the deserts of North Africa. The DESERTEC concept, developed by the TREC Initiative [...]