Are solar lanterns really effective in enabling users "up the energy ladder" and alleviating energy poverty? Or are these small-scale, pico solar solutions deterring off-grid communities from pursuing alternatives such as solar home systems?

Sun-TVs were installed in 37 Southern African communities in 2010 in the run up to the Soccer World Cup, enabling these communities to enjoy the soccer extravaganza in areas which were not grid connected.

The company plans to provide 1-million solar lanterns as a clean and safe light source for people living in regions without electricity.

Off-grid clean energy is the right tool for the energy access job. That’s because it’s the fastest, cheapest, and most effective means of ending energy poverty.

Developing countries' share of Chinese export trade increased to 23 per cent last year.

Network of Solar-Centers for distribution, maintenance and enduser finance in Kenya is growing: SunTransfer opens a new Solar Center in Tala, about 100kms East of Nairobi. The Solar Center staffed with four solar technicians mainly installs solar home systems. For the end-user financing the own pay-to-own charge controller (SunControl) is used in combination with the management software M-Solar.

The U.S. definition of energy storage typically focuses on electric power in, electric power out – that is, electricity storage. In Germany’s definition is broader, characterized by three main categories: power to heat, power to gas and power to power.

The Galaxy Tab 4 Education is the company's first tablet designed for use in schools and can be used at both primary and secondary levels. It will provide access to education-focused apps, books, and videos.

Living with less, as Thoreau described in Walden, is something many of us seek. We need a reprieve from our gadget-filled lives, so we travel deep into the wilderness, where utility services are sparse and renewable resources are necessary. But what if we want to extend our limited-technology sojourns into a full-blown lifestyle?

Off-grid solar technology could soon offer a pretty stable solution for global cities and villages not reached by the grid. There are still, however, various obstacles to its distribution.