According to AYUNI, the program will provide consumers with solar-powered lanterns and other photovoltaic systems. These systems can be purchased outright or consumers can rent them with an option to own them at a later date. Through the program, consumers will only pay for their solar energy systems as they are used.

New technology for batteries will soon electrify India’s off-grid power facilities. The Institute of Transformative Technologies (ITT) is currently working on three different battery types in the hope of reducing cost and increasing the lifespan of batteries.

India is planning to reach out to Bolivia, Argentina and Chile to procure supplies of lithium that are used to make batteries for electric vehicles (EV) and solar power plants. Countries including Argentina, Chile and Bolivia are members of International Solar Alliance (ISA), initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which fosters South-South Cooperation.

The Templation Hotel, located in Siem Reap town, claims to be the first in the Kingdom to try to supply the majority of its electricity from solar power, and is testing a model in sustainability that the MAADS hotel group may scale out to other non-urban properties. The group owns seven hotels, three shops and several restaurants.

UK based provider of PayGo Solar home systems, Azuri Technologies has raised US$5 million from Standard Chartered Bank to support renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa.

Sub-Saharan Africa, where more than a half billion people live without electricity, trails the world in government policies that promote sustainable energy, according to a new World Bank report.

In a survey of 111 countries, the World Bank found that through 2015 nearly 80 percent had begun to adopt policies to expand electrical grids, connecting them to solar and wind generation, and to help make electric utilities creditworthy and financially viable while keeping energy prices down.

In its ongoing commitment to environmental issues, Oak Park Unified School District said it will install solar panels at all schools, a program that will take the district 80 percent “off the grid,” or free from electrical consumption.

The system installation and cost of maintenance over 25 years is estimated at $8 million, but the total cost will be repaid within 15 years, said Tony Knight, district superintendent. In the 10 years after that, he said, the solar panels will generate another $8 million for the district.

The battery might be the least sexy piece of technology ever invented. Nevertheless, the future will be battery-powered. It has to be. From electric cars to industrial-scale solar farms, batteries are the key to a cleaner, more efficient energy system — and the sooner we get there, the sooner we can stop contributing to potentially catastrophic climate change.

Africa must mobilize its own public and private resources, and perhaps international capital, to meets its energy needs. The “New Deal on Energy for Africa” policy by the African Development Bank is a first step in the right direction. It’s resource-neutral and technology-neutral, which means that the bank will work with “countries to develop their comparative energy resource advantages without bias, in renewables and non-renewables alike”. Africa’s economic future depends on producing affordable energy to power its growth and industries. Africa must get it right this time.

Ignite Power is the biggest solar financing company in Rwanda. Rwanda people now have the most affordable Solar Home Systems in Africa, 30% more affordable than Kenya, 40-70% more affordable than any similar product in Rwanda. The affordable solar home systems scheme is driven by public-private partnerships.


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