The app runs within the browser of any PC or smartphone and is hosted in the IBM Cloud. After simply choosing their installation location on a map, users can choose from a list of common appliances, such as a TV, LED lights or a laptop. Then they choose how many of the appliances they own and the frequency of use.

By all measures, Africa is currently losing the battle to end energy poverty by 2030. A CrossBoundary analysis shows why minigrids are vital to achieving affordable, sustainable, modern energy for all.

Lead-acid batteries - used in cars, energy supplies, and solar power storage -- are improperly recycled in many developing countries. Omido, 39, is one of Kenya's most outspoken environmental activists. She's been dubbed the "East African Erin Brockovich," and her work has led to the shuttering of 10 toxic waste smelters in Kenya in the past three years.

For off-grid electrification, including mini grids, the biggest challenges are poor policies, inadequate regulations, lack of planning and institutional support, lack of financing for off-grid entrepreneurs, and affordability for poorer households.

Changes in generation technologies, including the sharp fall in solar photovoltaic (PV) costs, means that the evolution of electricity systems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) will need to involve more than one national grid, a new World Bank report argues.

Rural electrification will not only help improve education, health and connectivity but will also enable India meet its climate change commitments.

The Ekocenter project was launched by Coca-Cola in 2013. It is a social enterprise initiative to empower communities while enabling business and local economic growth. Ekocenter relies on partnerships across the public and private sector to operate sustainably.

Important lessons learned: the pump made financial sense only for commercial farmers, and those who did take out money to cover the high upfront cost were able to pay the loans back quickly.

The World Bank has announced a new project yesterday, to finance off-grid solar systems in Yemen, to power vital basic services, and to improve access to electricity for vulnerable Yemenis in rural and outlying urban areas.

A new report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization outlines the benefits of solar powered irrigation systems to both large and small scale farming operations in developing countries. The report also stresses the need for comprehensive management and regulation of such systems, to avoid unsustainable water use.