Over a dozen nations, inclulding Argentina, France and India, have supported commissioning of a study to define and structure a common risk mitigation mechanism (CRMM) for solar power generation projects. The proposed CRMM will offer a simple and affordable tool that will create a secure environment for private institutional investment in solar assets.

Decentralised solar power, when utilised by unelectrified households, reduces money spent on kerosene but is not conducive to accessing larger social and economic benefits, a study published in Science Advances, an online publication, has found.

What stands out most clearly is that there isn’t currently enough funding to even begin thinking about financing loss and damage, with available climate, development, risk reduction and disaster recovery financing all falling short by an order of magnitude.

The complex and technical world of energy storage—think battery chemistries, electrical grids and systems integration—has become an unexpectedly hot topic in Australia, capturing the attention of everyone from the nation’s public and politicians to billionaires halfway across the world.

Africa's problems will not be solved by a reliance on massive, load-bearing generation plants. They take a long time to bring on-grid, cost an astonishing amount of money to construct and rarely benefit the rural and hard-to-reach communities that need them the most. I believe the real opportunity for Africa is to demonstrate to the world the impact of small-scale, blended renewable energy sources at a micro-grid and mobile level.

A startup working on a new low-cost solar and human-powered vehicle has received funds from the Energy and Environment Partnership in order to bring the vehicle to Africa and contribute to the continent’s economic development in remote areas. The vehicle called Solar-E-Cycle functions as an e-bike, but it is assisted by both a battery pack and a solar panel.

India has about 100,000 functional solar pumps, making it a global leader in the arena. Bangladesh and Uganda are the other leaders after India. Through ISA, India is looking at spreading the technology across other countries, especially in Africa, where farmers depend on diesel to pump water for their fields and many places in the continent are not connected to the electricity grids.

"We're starting in the wrong place," Mara Bolis, 45, senior advisor for market systems at Oxfam America, says of the approach most impact investors are using today.

The problem she highlights is that investors are starting with an analysis of their own requirements, which are primarily financial rather than with a deep understanding of a problem they wish to solve.

Australian network operator AusNet Services has succeeded in taking part of a Melbourne suburb completely off grid. AusNet said that eight homes had been successfully separated from Victoria’s main electricity grid and operated together as a stand-alone solar and battery storage powered mini grid, as part of the company’s Mooroolbark Mini Grid trial.

The Australian government has funded a rollout of solar powered refrigerators and off-grid solar power packs to health centres in cyclone-ravaged Fiji to preserve life-saving vaccines and medicines.

Fiji’s Health Minister, Rosy Akbar, said the “solarisation” of healthcare services after the destruction wrought by Cyclone Winston was key to reviving the country’s national immunisation scheme.


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