Tag: Developing World Energy

Pay-As-You-Go Solar Companies Spread Light Across Africa

Just nine months after pay-as-you-go (PAYG) off-grid solar company PEG announced that it had raised $3.2 million to expand its presence in Ghana, today the company announced that it has raised an additional $4.3 million to continue that expansion.

Paris-based Energy Access Venture (EAV) invested $2 million in the latest round, joining Blue Haven Initiative. Existing investors Engie Rassembleurs d’Energie and Investisseurs & Partenaires also participated in the round.  The funding will be used to expand operations in Ghana, build out the management team, and to enter Ivory Coast.

Solar Business Models for Growth: The Private Sector Needs to Lead on India’s Rural Electrification Deficit

The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is home to the country’s largest population of un-electrified villages. According to data collected by the Council on Clean Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW), more than seventy percent of Uttar Pradesh’s two hundred and twenty million residents still depend on kerosene lamps and diesel generators for lighting and electricity.

Papua New Guinea First to Finalize Climate Plan Under Paris Agreement

Papua New Guinea recently became the first country to formally submit the final version of its national climate action plan (called a “Nationally Determined Contribution,” or NDC) under the Paris Agreement. The small Pacific nation’s plan to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 is no longer just an “intended” nationally determined contribution (INDC) — it is now the country’s official climate plan.

Energy Storage Could be Solution To Solar PV-related Blackouts in The Philippines

In Visayas, one of the three main island groups in The Philippines, too much solar on the grid may lead to blackouts during the election period, which begins today, March 28, and lasts until May 7. 

Grid operators are concerned that too much power is being fed into the grid when all of the solar PV plants in the region are churning out electric power along with the geothermal and coal plants in the region — even if the geothermal and coal plants are dialed down to their minimum load requirements.  Further the swings in power supply due to intermittent PV generation (from 20 to 50 percent) have already caused grid interruptions.  

Visayas does not have any frequency regulation providers to help balance the grid and absorb excess capacity and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines and the government are exploring the use of energy storage and potentially hydro assets to help solve the problem. 

Meanwhile in the U.S. the Energy Storage Association on March 28 is launching its new #StorageIsHere campaign in an attempt to bring more visibility to the technology that it says is already “booming.” 

The articles below offer more detail on both stories. 

Image By Howard the Duck at English Wikipedia, CC BY 2.5

Developing Trends in China’s Solar PV Industry for 2016

China’s solar PV industry has been in recovery mode since 2013. The capacity utilization rate of PV firms has improved, the sector steadily continues to grow and new technologies have been developed, while the PV makers have seen their margins improve. Looking into 2016, the sector is expected to maintain growth, thanks to favorable policies and increasing market demand.

New Developments in Brazil’s Solar Power Sector

Brazil’s renewable energy landscape has changed significantly over the last decade. Although Brazil is mostly known for biofuels production and conventional hydroelectric power — hydroelectric power by itself accounts for over 70 percent of the country’s electricity generation — investment in the wind and solar sectors has been increasing rapidly since 2009.