The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has launched an initiative with the private sector to increase opportunities for women in the renewable energy sector in sub-Saharan Africa.

The state-owned Horizon, which serves the vast regional areas of the state, will now install 17 standalone power systems on fringe-of-grid properties east of Esperance, and cut down 64kms of network wiring that was prone to outages.

Typically located at remote sites where there’s little or no prospect of grid access, or where grid service is poor or expensive, the resorts often depend on expensive stand-alone diesel generation. They are seeking alternatives.

Vietnamese advocates of solar power have begun a project to spread its use in the country instead of coal and other fossil fuels.

When it’s 100 degrees Fahrenheit and there’s no available refrigeration, the solutions are ingenious.

France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom have committed $350 million to invest in solar energy in Africa and electricity storage. It is a strategic investment at a time when Africa is relying on renewable energy to provide access to electricity for its population.

Attempting to replicate the centralized utility models implemented in the U.S. and Europe has not succeeded in improving energy access across the continent. Despite this, it seems many governments and utilities wrongly maintain the position that the expansion of the traditional grid infrastructure is the solution.

The concept is designed to make us think of refugee camps as permanent new cities, not temporary gatherings of flimsy tents.

The African Development Bank will no longer finance coal projects, bank president Akinwumi Adesina announced at the U.N. Climate Action Summit. “Coal is the past, renewable energy is the future,” Adesina told the audience.

There are many different types of investment vehicles for social impact, and yet there aren’t always appropriate structures for investment across the risk/return spectrum. These barriers are particularly high for businesses started by women or non-Western founders.

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