Solar and Off-Grid Renewables West Africa Conference, 21-22 April, Accra, Ghana

By: Karima Hirji  on: 14:13 GMT  expires: Tue 21 of Apr., 2015 00:00 GMT  (37 Views)
This high-level conference will explore the significant solar and off-grid renewable energy market opportunities in West Africa with an elite panel of international expert speakers, in-depth discussions and networking opportunities. Further information is available from:

GIZ-HERA: New Biomass Energy Sector Planning Guide

By: Karima Hirji  on: Mon 30 of Mar., 2015 17:54 GMT  (81 Views)
The Biomass Energy Sector Planning Guide is based on experience of EUEI PDF and GIZ in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Nepal and Sierra Leone. Even though this guide is largely built on experience in Africa, it has relevance beyond Africa and the methodology can be applied in all countries where biomass is the main fuel for households and small enterprises. This Guide is a revision of the Biomass Energy Strategy (BEST) Guide published by EUEI PDF and HERA in 2011. As a Strategy is not necessarily the right output for every country, the scope and set up of this Guide has been adapted to facilitate other outputs as well.

Fiji Clean Energy Forum: 9 April 2015, Suva, Fiji

By: Karima Hirji  on: Mon 30 of Mar., 2015 17:47 GMT  expires: Fri 10 of Apr., 2015 00:00 GMT  (85 Views)
This event is being organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Department of Energy (DOE) of Fiji in conjunction with the Fiji Renewable Energy Power Project (FREPP) endorsed by the GEF Secretariat. The Forum will present the new favourable conditions in Fiji for investing in renewable energy projects and for Independent Power Producers (IPPs). Project developers, Fijian financial organisations and energy state-owned enterprises will showcase some of the most advanced and promising clean energy investment opportunities and frameworks.
The Forum will give you an opportunity to learn more about the new clean energy market in Fiji and meet project developers and decision-makers. Register online at: energy-investors-forum-9-april-2015/

Vienna Energy Forum 2015, 18-20 June 2015

By: Karima Hirji  on: Mon 30 of Mar., 2015 17:43 GMT  expires: Tue 30 of June, 2015 00:00 GMT  (60 Views)
Building on the findings from the VEFs held in 2009, 2011 and 2013, as well as the overarching goals of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), the VEF 2015 will provide a high-level platform for thought leaders, policy makers and energy practitioners to engage in a multi-stakeholder dialogue on pivotal sustainable energy issues connected to inclusive development, including partnerships, finance, policy, technology, capacity building and knowledge management. Register at:

Mini-grid workshop: April 22 2015, Bangalore

By: Karima Hirji  on: Mon 30 of Mar., 2015 17:32 GMT  expires: Wed 22 of Apr., 2015 00:00 GMT  (52 Views)
A Mini-grid Workshop - Identifying the missing link: Enabling low-income markets through clean mini-grid solutions is being held on April 22, 2015 in Bangalore, India. The workshop will bring together world-leading experts in mini-grids for a full day of programme. The ​main goals are to: Identify and address the missing link to the sustainable implementation of clean energy mini-grids; Bring together key stakeholders sharing the passion to successfully push forward energy inclusion, aligned with the SE4ALL goals; Establish a core group of institutions for a regular exchange and provide a platform for the establishment of future partnerships for financing and implementation. For more information, visit:

Carbon Pulse: Launch of a new online service

By: Karima Hirji  on: Mon 30 of Mar., 2015 17:28 GMT  (54 Views)
Carbon Pulse is a new online service dedicated to providing in-depth news and intelligence about carbon pricing initiatives and climate change policies around the world. Coverage focuses mainly on carbon trading and other market-based mechanisms being used or developed to cut greenhouse gas output. Visit to join the mailing list.

Beginner's and Builder's Biogas Workshop: 18–19 April, 2015 , Washington DC

By: Karima Hirji  on: Mon 30 of Mar., 2015 17:24 GMT  expires: Thu 30 of Apr., 2015 00:00 GMT  (61 Views)
The University of the District of Columbia is hosting a biogas workshop, featuring David House, author of The Complete Biogas Handbook. These workshops have been offered throughout the US and as far away as Australia, teaching participants the essentials of anaerobic digestion and practical small-scale biogas. This workshop will focus on a new, low-cost (~$350 materials cost), small (2.6 cu m in standard configuration) fully insulated biogas digester design. Further information and registration is available from:

Green Growth Initiative: Solar to power thousands of off-grid homes in north Pakistan

By: Karima Hirji  on: Mon 30 of Mar., 2015 17:13 GMT  (57 Views)
Pakistan's northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province plans to supply solar power to 5,800 off-grid households in 200 villages, promoting clean energy amid conventional electricity shortages. The provincial government has earmarked 400 million rupees ($3.94 million) for the nine-month solar project, which will equip up to 29 households in each village. The scheme is part of the Green Growth Initiative launched a year ago in Peshawar by former international cricket star Imran Khan, who is chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, which governs the province.

GVEP: Women bring solar energy to rural Rwanda

By: Karima Hirji  on: Mon 30 of Mar., 2015 17:10 GMT  (61 Views)
GVEP is currently supporting 83 women entrepreneurs in Rwanda who are using solar technologies to boost their businesses’ productivity. Some of them started their business by using car batteries to provide power, but made the switch to solar technologies after GVEP’s intervention. These alternative solutions have changed the lives of many women entrepreneurs, who now generate enough income to meet their families’ needs and serve their communities.

ABB: New partnership with Pact Myanmar to solar power rural villages

By: Karima Hirji  on: Mon 30 of Mar., 2015 17:08 GMT  (74 Views)
ABB is planning to partner with Pact Myanmar for establishing solar battery charging stations in the Tada Oo township of Mandalay, Central Myanmar. ABB will provide financial support to the villages to purchase photovoltaic equipment at the community level. The charging stations will be operated by women’s groups in remote villages and the generated power from the stations will be sold back to communities itself. This project builds on Pact Myanmar’s existing livelihoods and development work in 35 townships and over a million households, extending access to solar energy sources by supporting community financing for sustainable village electrification. The proposal is expected to provide solar power to 3,500 village homes across rural areas of Mandalay. For most villagers in these communities this will be the first time they will have reliable access to electricity.
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