China is committed to reducing the amount of subsidies granted to its solar power sector, but projects also designed to relieve rural poverty will remain eligible for state support, it said in a new policy guidelines last week.

French gas and power group Engie, which operates about 3,000 megawatts (MW) of power in Africa, wants to quadruple its capacity there over the next decade, newspaper Le Figaro reported.

African countries are being cheated out of billions in tax revenues — mainly by large foreign companies in the energy and resource sectors. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the annual loses of up to $50 billion (€44 billion) have actually exceeded the amount of development aid given to Africa in the same amount of time.

WHO is rolling out its early warning alert and response system. A solar generator and solar chargers allow the phones and laptops to function without 24-hour electricity.

The success of the Ban Pha Dan system demonstrates the benefits of solar-powered microgrids with energy storage for remote communities in developing nations, including the Asia-Pacific region, southern Africa and even remote mining communities in Australia.

Food refrigeration and cold storage equipment are finding their way into rural areas of the world that need them the most. Rural farmers are using these emerging cold chains — temperature-controlled supply chains — to grow high-value produce and access lucrative markets.

British technology company Sunstone Systems has unveiled a portable off-grid unit that can provide power, security and communications for temporary locations.

New research from Stanford University further confirms that the energy produced by solar panels far outweighs the energy needed to manufacture and install them, though the picture isn’t quite as rosy when you throw solar batteries into the mix.

When lives are thrown into chaos by natural disasters, basic needs are snatched away – one of which is access to safe and reliable energy.

There is a real risk that investors will not understand the true risk and rewards of the markets in which they operate. This is crucially apparent in impact investing in emerging markets, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa.