One of the main barriers to growth has been that the underlying assets are extremely hard to finance. Currently, most of the capital supporting the growth of the sector is venture and impact money.

The DESCOs’ Financing Programme promotes securitisation financing techniques to address barriers to accessing finance for DESCOs, while supporting their growth and expansion into existing and new markets. The programme will also facilitate local currency financing for DESCOs and provide local lenders with risk mitigation instruments to support them.

Decentralized renewable energy solutions already employ as many people as the traditional utility power sector in the three countries surveyed - India, Kenya and Nigeria.

The fossil fuel industry is increasingly relying on the heavy hand of the government to protect fossil fuels from competition. Subsidies and protective policies shield fossil fuels from the reality that renewable energy has become the cheapest energy source worldwide.

What if a solar panel could double as a water purifier? What if it could pump water from the ocean and make it drinkable, all while providing no loss of power to a home or building? A new research project does just that.

The energy transition is accelerating, Ernst & Young global energy leader Benoit Laclau has warned grid operators, thanks to the confluence of digitization, decentralization and decarbonization. Traditional utilities must get with the program or be swept aside.

Researchers at the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) have developed an optimization tool for microgrids that allows homes to stay off grid as long as possible, generally using solar, storage and smart meters.

DLA Piper released the second edition of Renewable Energy in Africa, updating the many changes that have occurred since our last edition.

In their study researchers examined the precision with which nighttime satellite images can be converted into spatially detailed maps of electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa.

For what feels like forever, lead-acid batteries have been the winning choice for off-grid solar systems. With the growth of electric vehicles and portable energy storage solutions, lithium-ion battery technology has improved vastly and become the top option for off-grid solar.

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