Portable solar power looks to light up disaster relief zones

Crowdfunding site Indiegogo is working with renewable developer Renovagen to deploy its technology

EDF buys 50% stake in off-grid firm’s Togo unit

The French utility will provide its technical know-how to improve battery performance under the agreement with BBOXX

Energy firm secures $600k for off-grid solar in Pakistan

Around 40 million people are said to have no access to grid electricity in the country

UK firm crowdfunding to electrify Indian village

A Southampton-based firm has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help bring reliable electricity and water to a remote village in India. SEaB Energy hopes to install its waste-to-energy technology, which converts food and organic waste into power, heat, water and fertiliser directly on site, at the village of Mori in Andhra Pradesh. It is looking […]

UK-UN pledge support for Uganda’s solar industry

The UK and UN has joined forces to help boost the solar energy industry in Uganda. The partnership between the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) has pledged to support the Uganda Solar Energy Association (USEA). More than 70% of the population in Uganda currently don’t have access […]

UK-Ethiopia energy pact to boost solar power access

The UK is supporting the acceleration of the off-grid solar market in Ethiopia. The two nations have signed an ‘Energy Compact’ to help create business opportunities, more jobs and improve access to electricity for poor people in the East African nation. The UK’s Energy Africa campaign, which was launched in October 2015, focuses on developing […]

Green investment shoots up $250bn in a decade

Global renewable energy investment has shot up more than $250 billion (£200.1bn) in the last 11 years. It hit record highs of $305 billion (£245.2bn) in 2015 – an increase of 510% from $50 billion (£40.2bn) in 2004. That’s according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which says the increase is as a […]

ABB and Vestas to power off-grid Africa

Engineering giant ABB and wind energy firm Vestas have joined forces to improve electricity access in off-grid areas in Africa. Under the agreement, Vestas’ wind turbines will be combined with ABB’s microgrid power solutions to create hybrid generation systems that can operate in remote locations with limited infrastructure, the firms said. The project is part […]

$2m for off-grid renewable energy in Myanmar

Thousands of people living in off-grid villages in Myanmar will have access to renewable energy, thanks to a $2 million (£1.2m) grant project. The three-year assistance, provided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Japan, will include the installation of 10MW of small-scale renewable energy systems – focused on solar and biomass.They […]

Australia invests A$400m in off-grid renewable projects

The Australian Government has announced plans to invest A$400 million (£243.3m) to develop off-grid renewable energy projects in rural areas of the country. The programme aims to generate 150MW of electricity from renewable energy sources within the next five years, with at least two large-scale plants of 10MW or greater expected to be built. Resources […]