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We believe that business-led solutions are essential to meet the energy needs of rural populations living in developing countries. We curate and share links related to: renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy entrepreneurs, microfinance, impact investing, business development, solar, wind, hydropower, biomass, phone-charging, briquette and cookstoves small businesses, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan countries.
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Efficacité énergétique et environnement : un programme de plus de 5 milliards de FCfa pour les entreprises sénégalaises

Le Bureau de mise à niveau (Bmn) du ministère du Commerce, de l’Industrie et de l’Artisanat exécute, depuis quelques temps, la deuxième phase de son programme d’activités. Pour l’heure, informe son directeur, Amadou Lamine Ndiaye, il est prévu la prise en charge de 200 entreprises sénégalaises dont 60 pour le volet dédié exclusivement à l’efficacité énergétique et à l’environnement. Il s’agira ainsi d’accompagner les entreprises (les PME notamment) à se mettre à jour dans le cadre des normes environnementales et énergétiques en vigueur à travers le monde.

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[Press release] Imtech to boost the solar energy industry in Peru

Gouda - Royal Imtech N.V. (IM-AE, technical services provider in and outside Europe) is going to give a boost to the solar energy industry in Peru as part of its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS). It involves two pilot projects in a school and a hospital in the village of Sibayo, in the Colca Canyon in the Andes mountains. The company will be working alongside various manufacturers of solar energy equipment. Together with them and other manufacturers, the aim is to provide similar solutions for other villages in the same valley in due course. A collaboration agreement has also been reached with San Pablo University in Arequipa, the purpose of which is to develop a prototype for solar energy heating that can be used in homes located in mountainous areas across Peru. This is a relatively under-developed region with a high level of infant mortality and poor healthcare provision. A conference is being organised in conjunction with the university about the use of sustainable energy in the specific circumstances of Peru, in order to bring about a broad-based transfer of knowledge. Students and school pupils will be involved in the project.

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South Africa: Opportunities for rural women in green economy projects

Pretoria, South Africa - Government is facilitating opportunities for women in rural, peri-urban and informal settlements to participate in green economy projects such as solar energy, water purification, agriculture, construction, waste management and tourism.

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Le recyclage des pneus, une solution écologique et économique

Le recyclage des pneus, une solution écologique et économique | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

En Colombie, Procellantas va procéder au recyclage de tous les composants de pneus usés par le biais d’un traitement thermique par micro-ondes afin d’éviter la fumée toxique qui émane des pneus lorsqu’on les brûle ainsi que la surcharge des décharges urbaines – qui constituent, tous deux, un problème environnemental croissant dans l’ensemble de la région.

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Solar products provide clean energy and long-term savings to a rural customer in Uganda

The use of appropriate renewable energy such as solar products can give less developed rural areas the chance to benefit from modern technology. Magdalene Nganzi comes from a rural village in southern Uganda that has no access to grid electricity, yet thanks to solar power, she enjoys all the amenities that an urban household would.

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[EVENT] EAST AFRICA Growing SMEs in Kigali, Rwanda - 17-18/05/12

[EVENT] EAST AFRICA Growing SMEs in Kigali, Rwanda - 17-18/05/12 | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

After 6 successful editions, Growing SMEs will be held on 17-18 May 2012 in Kigali, Rwanda. This premium marketplace will highlight successful strategies and businesses to explore and activate the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) development in East Africa and beyond.

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Quality Counts but Quantity is Encouraging

Quality Counts but Quantity is Encouraging | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

I was recently reporting some results for The Partnership for Clean Indoor Air (PCIA) regarding the number of improved stoves that GVEP International supported businesses sold in the period of Jan – Dec 2011. Although I have been working with these businesses and visited many of their production sites I was still amazed to collectively see the number of stoves that they sold.

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Frankfurt School of Finance & Management - Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management - Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

Given the importance of the financial industry in shaping the world’s response to climate change and the rapidly increasing global demand for new energy solutions, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management decided to develop its course on Sustainable Energy Finance (SEF). Now we are proud to present our two Summer Academies for 2012 within the new framework of the Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance (the Centre).

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Tanzania's National Renewable Energy Day, 6-7 June 2012

The Tanzania Renewable Energy Association will conduct the National Renewable Energy Day in Dar es Salaam on the 6th and 7th June, 2012. The event will consist of two major parts, exhibitions and workshop. In addition, there will be a Study Tour to visit the best practice installation of renewable energy technology.

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AfDB’s African Guarantee Fund takes on private sector risks

AfDB’s African Guarantee Fund takes on private sector risks | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

The African Development Bank has established a Fund to absolve the risk of SME funding on the continent. The Fund takes on 50 percent of the risk of commercial banks in lending to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Africa, according to the AfDB.

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Eight19 begins organic solar trials in Africa

Eight19 begins organic solar trials in Africa | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

Based on Eight19’s Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) technology, the Indigo solar home systems have been deployed in South Sudan in order to evaluate the performance of the new solar technology in the challenging environmental conditions that are found close to the equator.

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Africa Express | An Energy Study Trip across Africa: Step #2 / Rabat – Marrakech – Ouarzazate

Africa Express | An Energy Study Trip across Africa: Step #2 / Rabat – Marrakech – Ouarzazate | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

We arrived in Rabat last week, and we had a lot of work about the 2 Moroccan energy projects we studied: the national programme of building energy efficiency and the world most powerful CSP plant project in Ouarzazate.

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Microfinance and Energy Poverty: Findings from the Energy Links Project

How can the microfinance sector in Africa increase access to energy? This report summarizes the results of the Energy Links Project, a three year pilot by the Center for Financial Inclusion at ACCION International. Energy Links aimed to determine how the established microfinance sector in African countries can address energy poverty by increasing access to small scale clean energy solutions at the household level.

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Sustainable cooking solution: What is Wonderbag?

The Wonderbag is a heat retention cooking bag that helps reduce your household's carbon footprint and also shortens cooking time. Scooped via the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

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Innovative Africa: using solar power phones

Innovative Africa: using solar power phones | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

“We talk with the bank or microfinance institution to encourage them to lend to the entrepreneurs,” said Collings, chief operations officer at Global Village Energy Partnership, a non-profit organisation that tries to harness entrepreneurship to open up energy for the poor. The main challenge is sourcing the start-up capital to purchase the solar panels. “Persuading banks and microfinancing institutions has not been an easy task for GVEP. Despite this challenge, there are steps ahead being made.” Hopefully, this and other organisations will make a visible change and the technology will spread around more as from the examples it is visible that it can become a running change in all Africa.

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‘Energy’ toilets meet ideas worth spreading at TED Nairobi

‘Energy’ toilets meet ideas worth spreading at TED Nairobi | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

Another speaker, Josiah Omotto who heads Umande Trust, touched on a popular theme for the day: Toilets. Who can do without them? But what forward thinking people like Omotto are doing is using human waste and turning it into biofuel. Each of us produces on average 300 grammes of waste per day; Omotto’s organisation has designed a bio-digester system that produces safe cooking gas and alternative sanitation systems.

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Tanzania should exploit solar energy potential

It is important for East Africans to opt for solar energy to save time spent on firewood collection, save money, reduce work load for women and children and manage the environment because trees are protected and smoke that causes respiratory diseases is not produced.

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Finding a solution for Africa's energy gap at the BoP

Finding a solution for Africa's energy gap at the BoP | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it
In advance of the World Economic Forum on Africa, Sameer Hajee, CEO of Nuru Energy, discusses the need for a new approach to energy poverty.

 

To start the discussion, let me debunk a few myths that we have come across in the past four years:

 

Myth: The base of the pyramid (BOP) should enjoy the same access to electricity that we do in the developed world.


Reality: In an ideal world, this would, of course, be the ultimate solution. But let’s face it, access to grid electricity for the majority of rural Africans is a distant proposition, and there are insurmountable costs and logistical problems. If we want to address the issue immediately, we need to start focusing on hyper-local solutions that get people access today (tonight!).


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Kenya: Solar Powered Phones Recharge Nation's Conversations

The phone was invented by telecommunications company Safaricom (owned by the UK's Vodafone) and Kenya's Mobitelea Ventures. It is fitted with a charger that absorbs and stores energy directly from the sun. Users do not need a mains connection to charge their phones, nor do they have to travel long distances to the nearest shopping centre to pay for the same service.

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IRELP.org , a global platform for renewable energy education

IRENA's global platform for renewable energy education can be found at www.irelp.org. It is designed to provide info to anyone who wants to learn about renewable energy including students, vocational trainees and other professionals looking to develop and update their renewable energy knowledge; education and training providers; as well as government entities and decision makers.

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The benefits of cooking with upesi stoves

Naomi talks to Practical Action about the dangers of smoke inhalation and how her life, and the lives of her children, have changed since cooking with a upesi stove...

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5 Social Entrepreneurs Awarded at World Economic Forum on Africa

5 Social Entrepreneurs Awarded at World Economic Forum on Africa | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

Five leading innovators were named the Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2012 Africa by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum on Africa from May 9-11.

 

Among them is Sameer Hajee from Nuru Energy Group. With many homes in sub-Saharan Africa not connected to electricity grids, Nuru Energy works with micro-entrepreneurs to disseminate its Nuru LED light, which can be recharged using an off-grid, pedal-powered platform. The LED light gives up to 26 hours of light and costs one-sixth of kerosene to recharge. To date, Nuru Energy has set up 70 village-level entrepreneurs who have sold 10,000 Nuru lights.

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Ethiopia, Nigeria Get Financial Boost for Clean Energy From the Climate Investment Funds

Ethiopia's efforts to increase energy efficiency and diversify its hydro-dependent energy mix through renewable energy got a USD 50 million boost from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) committee meetings last week when Ethiopia's investment plan under the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program for Low Income Countries (SREP) was endorsed in full by CIF committee members.

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Access to clean cooking energy gathers steam

Yet the simple act of cooking at home poses a great danger to nearly three billion people – almost half of the world’s population, and in particular to women and children. East Africa is no stranger to this tragic reality.

This is because many households still rely on wood, charcoal, dung or agricultural waste (also referred to as solid fuels) to cook their meals on open fires or rudimentary and inefficient cook stoves.

 

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Africa Express | Tour d'Afrique des Energies : Etape #2 / Rabat – Marrakech – Ouarzazate

Africa Express | Tour d'Afrique des Energies : Etape #2 / Rabat – Marrakech – Ouarzazate | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

Nous sommes donc arrivés à Rabat mercredi dernier, et depuis nous avons beaucoup travaillé sur la partie « énergie » d’Africa Express, particulièrement sur le programme national d’efficacité énergétique dans les bâtiments, et tout dernièrement le chantier de la centrale solaire de Ouarzazate, qui sera en 2014 la plus puissante du monde avec la production de 500MW.

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