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 […]

EU funds solar projects in Pacific outer islands

The off-grid areas of one of the least developed island states in the Pacific region will soon be powered by renewable energy, thanks to funding provided by the EU. Laos-based Sunlabob Renewable Energy has been awarded the contract to supply solar equipment to be installed in the outer islands of Kiribati. Funded by the European […]

Kenya invests £4.3m for off-grid renewable projects

Kenya’s state owned utility firm has announced plans to invest KES560 million (£4.3m) for off-grid renewable energy projects in the country. Kenya Power will develop solar and wind projects in the country’s North Eastern and Rift Valley provinces in areas that rely on diesel to generate electricity that are not connected to the national grid. […]

Off-grid communities make big savings by buying in bulk

Rural and off-grid communities can save as much as 10p a litre on the price of their heating fuel by teaming up with others in their local area. The claim comes as the energy and climate change committee begins an inquiry into fuel poverty for off-grid customers today. A rise in fuel costs has recently […]

Off-grid customers might not get a ‘fair’ deal on heating

Off grid customers could be at a disadvantage compared with homeowners connected to the mains. This is the concern of MPs on the energy select committee who today quizzed heating oil and gas chiefs in the Commons on whether off-grid customers were given a “fair” level of support. Unlike off-grid users, mains customers are guaranteed […]