There are now only two ways to think of any business model — as a pipeline or a platform. Operating through Pipeline based models has historically been our modus operandi. Platforms are a much newer thought-pattern that came in through the advent of the dot-com internet era. The internet has arguably been the biggest factor in reducing geo borders of trade and value exchange in the modern day.

Why solving systemic social problems takes people, politics, and power—not more social entrepreneurship.

German energy storage system manufacturer Tesvolt has launched a new battery storage system. The TS HV 70 can be equipped with up to four battery racks and inverters, allowing it to scale from 67 kWh up to 307 kWh.

Innovations include an all-in-one solar street light, Philips SunStay, which combines solar panel, battery and light in one housing, and Philips LifeLight, a solar lantern which comes with a replaceable battery.

India and France have committed more than US$2 billion to fund solar-energy projects in developing countries. Renewable-energy analysts say that the money has the potential to dramatically expand solar technology in these nations, but others argue that governments should instead focus on removing barriers that slow the growth of renewable energy.

The Nairobi-headquartered company said it laid off more than 15 percent of its over 1,000 staff members as part of a company-wide restructuring. The reduction targeted almost all departments and management levels. M-Kopa also is outsourcing some of its business functions to “capable and cost-competitive partners” in order to concentrate on improving its own internal operations.

New investments from companies such as Shell, Engie, Mitsui, Total, and Caterpillar will boost the energy storage market in the rural electrification segment to up to 50 MWh annually.

A new study shows two key factors: The first is that communication plays a huge role in corporate social responsibility projects. The second is that many have been derailed by uninformed assumptions about the needs and priorities of host communities.

The idea is to form a coalition of solar resource-rich countries to collaborate on addressing the identified gaps in their energy requirements through a common approach.

It has been a relatively short journey from the announcement of the International Solar Alliance at Paris in November 2015, marked by impressive effort and collaboration and a diplomatic victory for India. It represents a concerted effort to change the lives of the poorest people on the planet. But this is only the beginning.


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