Chad Lipton's Blog (7)

Winners of ‘Solar for All’ Contest Will Build Microgrids in India

Affordable solar energy for the global population without access to electricity. That is the mission of Solar For All, an initiative founded by the Canopus Foundation, which supports the growth of social enterprises developing renewable energy. The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) joined efforts with Solar For All to administer their second contest for innovative community solar electrification solutions in Mumbai, India.

Two winners, Boond Engineering…


Added by Chad Lipton on November 1, 2016 at 1:14pm — No Comments

SWITCHing to a Low-Carbon Future

By Diego Ponce de Leon Barido and Josiah Johnston

Rolling black outs and high electricity prices were a common ritual in Nicaragua a decade ago. Schools and shops often languished for hours without power. Hotels and restaurants relied on kerosene, candles and expensive generators to keep businesses open. From a financial and health perspective, this was not sustainable.

Recent renewable energy investments have led to positive change in Nicaragua. Almost 190 MW…


Added by Chad Lipton on February 24, 2016 at 1:35pm — No Comments

Microgrids Key to Bringing a Billion Out of the Dark

Every night, more than a billion people live in the dark when the sun goes down. They experience a different world than that of people in developed countries. Their only source of light, where available, comes from kerosene – a fuel that is expensive, dirty and potentially dangerous. Consequently, their immediate environment is often filled with smoke and fire, thereby making it difficult to even see properly.

Ten years ago, alternatives to kerosene were hard to find. Today is a very…


Added by Chad Lipton on May 22, 2015 at 6:38am — 1 Comment

One Year After Typhoon Yolanda, a Philippines City Rebuilds With Sustainble Transport in Mind

This November 8 will mark the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda, the devastating storm that claimed at least 6,300 lives and displaced millions more. In Tacloban, one of the hardest-hit areas southeast of Manila, the destruction is still evident: A cement house lies partially submerged in the ocean. Large ships are grounded right next to the main street. Debris fills abandoned shops that have not yet reopened. Permanent housing and general reconstruction are a work in progress, with a…


Added by Chad Lipton on November 6, 2014 at 5:23am — No Comments

In the Push to Expand Energy Access, Companies Eye Loan Guarantees

Loan guarantees have been around since at least the 1940s, when the U.S. government backed loans for homes, farms and businesses for World War II veterans. More recently, the U.S. government has used loan guarantee programs to support the development of clean energy. Projects including the large Ivanpah solar facility in California’s Mojave Desert, a large…


Added by Chad Lipton on October 15, 2014 at 9:40am — 6 Comments

National Geographic Announces Terra Watt Prize Winners

National Geographic helped advance the cause of sustainable energy for off-grid communities by crowning the winners of the Terra Watt Prize — the first competition of its kind — on June 11 in Washington, D.C. As torchbearers for cleaner, safer, and cheaper energy alternatives for the global poor, co-champions Mera Gao Micro Grid Power (MGP) and…


Added by Chad Lipton on June 13, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Terra Watt Prize: New Competition Seeks Affordable Energy Solutions for the Poor

More than 1.3 billion people, or approximately one-fifth of the world’s population, live without access to an electrical grid. That is roughly five times the number of people living in the United States, a country that is so plugged-in that access to electricity is all but taken for granted.

In places without electricity, kerosene has become the most common option for lighting. But kerosene is dangerous, dirty, expensive, and inefficient. People who burn kerosene, wood, and other…


Added by Chad Lipton on February 3, 2014 at 1:35pm — 2 Comments



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