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Pandemic Casts Shadow On Off-Grid Solar Sales In Poorer Nations

Pandemic Casts Shadow On Off-Grid Solar Sales In Poorer Nations

As the coronavirus pandemic hit trade and incomes hard in developing nations, sales of off-grid solar products fell sharply in the first half of the year, even as many poorer households relied on them during lockdowns. Data compiled by GOGLA, the association for the off-grid solar energy industry, found global sales of lighting products fell […]

Jordan’s Azraq Becomes World’s First Clean Energy Refugee Camp

Jordan’s Azraq Becomes World’s First Clean Energy Refugee Camp

Thousands of Syrian families will light up their homes, charge their phones and chill their food by solar power tonight, as Jordan’s Azraq camp becomes the first refugee camp in the world to be powered by renewable energy. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has switched on Azraq’s new two-megawatt solar photovoltaic plant on. It will […]

Women Bring Solar Power To Rural Tanzania

Women Bring Solar Power To Rural Tanzania

For six years now, Esupat Loseku has known the joy of an income outside of livestock sales. The 29-year-old mother of six installs solar power systems and builds cookstoves in Enguiki village and its environs in northern Tanzania. In a week, Ms Esupat can serve four homes or even more, charging Tsh25,000 ($11) in her […]

How Sun, Salt And Glass Could Help Solve Our Energy Needs

How Sun, Salt And Glass Could Help Solve Our Energy Needs

High in the stark Nevada desert, a couple of hundred miles north-west of Las Vegas, is the shimmering circular mirage of Crescent Dunes. Ten thousand silvery glass panes, each measuring 115 square metres, surround a tall central tower, which stands like a twinkling needle in the featureless landscape around it. Resembling a fabulous alien metropolis, […]

From Basket Weavers To Salt Farmers: The Women Leading A Renewable Revolution

From Basket Weavers To Salt Farmers: The Women Leading A Renewable Revolution

“People call us Mama Solar,” says Solar Sister entrepreneur Hilaria Paschal. In her native Tanzania, Paschal and her fellow basket weavers buy solar lights and clean cookstoves from Solar Sister, a social enterprise empowering women to bring clean energy to rural African communities, and sell them to friends and neighbours living without access to electricity. […]

Sister Power

Sister Power

A social business in Africa brings solar light to remote communities while empowering women entrepreneurs At a small roadside trading center in rural Luweero, about 65 kilometers from the Ugandan capital, Kampala, Sarah Serunjogi gathers a group of women from four tiny shops selling flour, beans and soap. As they sit on a bench, she […]

A Solar Scheme in India Shows Local Teamwork Can Be A Guiding Light

A Solar Scheme in India Shows Local Teamwork Can Be A Guiding Light

At last month’s world humanitarian summit in Istanbul, leaders outlined a set of core responsibilities for humanity, and spoke of the need to reform development assistance. One proposal was to place greater emphasis on local ownership and control of projects. The idea is simple: rather than providing ready-made solutions that might not be right for […]