Lithium-ion energy storage specialists SimpliPhi Power has partnered with non-profit Footprint Project to supply and deliver a clean energypowered microgrid field hospital for the Matamoros migrant camp in Mexico on the US border to power the camp’s first mobile medical ICU to treat COVID-19 patients.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will work together to improve access to sustainable energy, bolstering the Asia-Pacific region’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Finance & Investment
The World Bank Group and the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), have pub-ished a joint report that examining a range of financing solutions for delivering off-grid solar electricity to more than 840 million people still living without access to reliable power.
An emergency relief fund to provide healthcare organisations on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa with reliable power has been awarded to a solar home system provider, Lumos.
Policy & Regulation
Perhaps more than in any other global region, Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic development remains tied to sustained growth in the power sector. The anticipated economic gains of the 2020s will depend in large part on bringing electricity to over 600 million people in the region that currently lack it, writes Steve Chakerian, a senior analyst at smart infrastructure market intelligence firm Northeast Group.
Exclusive interview with Anton Cartwright, a researcher at the African Centre for Cities and a featured speaker in the Future Cities track at African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa in Cape Town in November.
Policy & Regulation
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved a $200-million (€179 million) loan to Bangladesh to increase access to electricity and improve service efficiency in the capital of Dhaka and the country’s western zone.
More than 200 Scottish investors have contributed to the £15 million invested since 2017 to help African communities gain access to clean energy, and boost efforts in the fight against climate change.
The Bangladeshi government is bidding for more partners to take part in its “Taka” programme, which aims to bring renewable household electricity, street lighting and cooking stoves to every off-grid community in the country.
ENGIE Africa has announced that it has connected 4 million customers in Africa owing to its operations in the off-grid energy sector in the region.