Vodacom Tanzania through its foundation has unveiled an e-learning centre powered by solar energy to improve students’ access to learning facilities across rural areas.

The world’s biggest information-technology firm is diving into green technology and the health business. It should take care; its rivals should take notice.

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?

The French company is massively investing in renewable energies and especially in solar energy, which should drive the revenues medium term. According to Philippe Boisseau, in charge of the solar segment at Total S.A., solar energy is becoming more and more competitive.

According to some experts, lower quality PV modules are entering emerging solar markets.

To help bring electricity to off-grid areas, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is partnering with World Bank Group and United Nations Foundation to provide developing countries with access to important technical documents that support rural electrification.

Social enterprise d.light has teamed up with French oil and gas company Total to sell solar lights to low-income rural households in Africa and India.

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