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There is an unmistakable feel good factor to such days. Governments and corporations do not need to commit to any tangible measures; by shifting responsibility to the people, you absolve yourself of it.

We don't have electricity. Why switch it off when it's there, especially when it being there is a small daily miracle in itself. It's like asking a starving man to say no to a sumptuous spread.

The corporation has called for tenders for a 43kW solar system and 40kW of battery storage at the Yackandandah facility as part of a trial. The project would take the water treatment plant off the electricity grid and extra energy sourced from household solar panels would also help run one of new’s pump stations.

The U.S. Energy Department pushed out a raft of good news for renewable energy fans this past week. Of particular note is an update on the PV System Toolkit supported by the agency’s SunShot solar initiative. The toolkit focuses on helping rural communities partake in the surging solar market that cities and suburban communities now enjoy.

Since 2012, Panasonic Corporation has been working on the 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project: Through this project, the company has donated a total of approximately 81,000 units to 19 countries so far. In Africa, about 15,000 units have been donated already to 10 countries through international organizations and NGOs. This donation to three African countries now makes the total of donated lanterns approximately 83,000 units to 22 countries, and among them, about 16,000 units have been delivered to 13 African countries.

Health care often comes at a steep price, but some scientists want to change that by developing cheap alternatives to expensive medical tests and equipment. Researchers are harnessing sunlight to make low-cost medical devices. Some are using solar power.

AFD Group has secured €24 million from the fund to deploy the African Renewable Energy Scale-Up (ARE Scale Up) facility. €12 million will be used by AFD to provide technical assistance facilities; €12 million will be used by Proparco to fund back-stop facilities for venture capital investments in private off-grid electricity providers (i.e., solar power kits and mini-grids).

Virtual reality is being used to help multinationals working with populations at the base of the economic pyramid to better contextualise these environments

Who doesn’t love a good shipping-container home? Here’s a new one for your container crush list: Cliff House is a 100 percent off-the-grid abode largely built with recycled materials.

Chen Kangping, a deputy to the National People's Congress and CEO of JinkoSolar Holding Co, has called on the central government to expand solar power generation in rural areas to tackle rural poverty. Chen projected that solar power generation in rural China will form a huge market worth more than 1 trillion yuan in the future.

Solar lanterns are bringing electricity to some of the 1.2 billion people without reliable electric grids. But small-scale solar lamps have not made a big dent on poverty itself.