“Baseload” generators have had their day, and won’t be needed in a modern grid

  South Australia’s record breaking streak for wind and solar generation over the past few months has shone the light over how a modern grid can run with little or no thermal or synchronous generation.   More importantly, it has also confirmed how the term “baseload” has become a redundant concept in a modern grid […]

USAID/Power Africa Strengthens Maternal and Child Health Services in Sub-Saharan Africa with $363,607 in Solar Energy Grants

  Power Africa, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announces two grants totaling $363,607 to electrify seven healthcare facilities that provide maternal and child health services in Malawi and Uganda. This grant program is dedicated to the memory of USAID Foreign Service Officer Madeline C. Williams from the Great State of Minnesota. […]

How Market Knowledge Is Powering Africa’s Solar Irrigation Sector

  ‘Know your customers’ is arguably the first rule of marketing. By identifying and segmenting customer groups, companies can target their products and services to the right people, in the right way. This can open-up opportunities for growth, inform product development and improve customer retention.   But market segmentation is also easy to get wrong, […]

Africa’s off-grid solar market blocked by investment challenges – EIB

  With factors such as inadequate funding hindering the wide-scale deployment of off-grid solar projects in Africa, a new report published by the European Investment Bank (EIB) highlights how these types of market challenges can be addressed.     The report, published by the EIB in partnership with International Solar Alliance, was compiled by Dalberg […]

Delivering Babies in the Dark: How Solar Systems Can Enhance Health Service Delivery in Rural Medical Facilities

While the pandemic has caused illness and death, decimated livelihoods and disrupted the daily lives of billions across the globe, its impacts are felt the hardest by the world’s most vulnerable people. Last year, the Efficiency for Access Coalition (where CLASP is Co-Secretariat) published an article exploring the implications of the pandemic on off-grid communities in sub-Saharan Africa and […]

This lantern only needs sea water to charge

Designed for off-the-grid communities, the WaterLight works by creating a chemical reaction between ocean water and magnesium.     he Guajira Peninsula, a coastal desert at the northernmost tip of South America, is one of the poorest places on the continent. It’s a remote area, and there’s limited access to electricity. But residents recently started […]

World Bank Adds Funding to the Regional Off-Grid Electricity Access Project to Promote Solar Products in Western and Central Africa

  WASHINGTON – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved on Thursday, March 11, 2021 a total of $22.5 million in additional financing to the Regional Off-Grid Electricity Access Project (ROGEAP) -in the form of grants from the International Development Association (IDA)* and the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) – to support the development of […]

Fossil fuel giant RWE seeks compensation for Dutch decision to end coal generation by 2030

German energy giant RWE has filed an arbitration claim against the Netherlands, seeking compensation for the Dutch decision to phase-out electricity production from coal by 2030, invoking the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), an international investment agreement signed in 1994.     The ECT protects foreign investments in energy supply and allows investors to seek compensation […]

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