South Asia

D.light wins the prestigious Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy

Jul 15th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: South Asia

D.light is making low cost, high quality, durable solar lanterns available to people in developing countries that have never had access to modern light. The company has a mass market strategy that is reaching large scale sales and improving the lives of thousands of people around the world.

African, Asian Nations Top Latest Water Security Risk Index

Jul 13th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: South Asia

Somalia has the least secure water supply while Iceland has the most stable in the world, according to a survey of 165 nations released last week by Maplecroft, a Britain-based consultancy company. The study, the Water Security Risk Index, featured three other African nations, including Mauritania, Sudan and Niger, as well as Iraq, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, [...]

India Announces Coal Tax To Fund Renewable Energy Projects : CleanTechnica

Mar 7th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Climate Change, South Asia, Top Story

In a landmark announcement the Indian Finance Minister, in his annual Budget speech, put forward the proposal of setting of National Clean Energy Fund which would be constituted through tax lieved on coal usage in the country. The quantum of tax would be INR 50 per ton of coal used, which would generate an annual [...]

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 [...]

Micro-Hydropower Plant Brings Electricity and Economic Growth to Dodarak Village

May 24th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: South Asia, US Government

On April 6, electricity flowed for the first time in Dodarak village in Nangarhar Province.  Supplied by a new 60 KWH micro-hydropower plant funded by USAID, the electricity will improve the villagers’ quality of life and open the door for new business opportunities. Currently, the plant provides 1,200 residents with electricity, allows local shops to [...]

SELF Project: Bhutan

Oct 10th, 2007 | By John Waller | Category: South Asia

Deep in the heart of the Himalayas, Bhutan is the world’s sole surviving Buddhist Kingdom, and home to nearly 600,000 people. The land-locked country is the true counterpart to the mythic city of Shangri-La, an environmental and cultural paradise where prayer colorful flags flutter atop ancient monasteries, and age-old traditions have been passed down through [...]