At the Off-Grid PV workshop on the second day of the Forum Solarpraxis conference in Berlin experts discussed the opportunities, obstacles and trends of the market.

Africa needs to invest about US$100billion in solar power over the next decade if it is to wean itself from sources of energy which are widely regarded as unsustainable.

Stiftung Solarenergie - Solar Energy Foundation Germany - and its counterpart in the Philippines have launched an appeal for aid as the two organisations attempt to help some of the areas worst affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

The largest international development banks are approaching the 21st-century market with 20th-century solutions.

The latest technology of gadget maker Panasonic is the so-called Solar LED Lantern.

Renewable energy entrepreneurs who are citizens of a country in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are invited to apply to participate in an eight-day training programme for solar photovoltaic (PV) entrepreneurship starting on 18 November 2013.

With the World Bank moving away from funding coal power projects in developing countries, the focus has now been on exploiting Africa's renewable resources in an effort to provide safe and clean energy to more people.

Israel’s Nova Lumos is piloting a project that will enable Africans to buy increments of solar power through their mobile phone.

Acumen, a non-profit global venture firm addressing poverty across Africa and in South Asia, announced a $250,000 equity investment in SRE Solutions, a provider of high quality solar products to off-grid customers throughout rural Pakistan.

 

Consumers are increasingly exploring ways to supply their own energy - e.g., distributed generation and microgrids - and many observers have claimed that these alternatives may begin a death spiral for traditional utility business models. Is this true? What should utilities do now?

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