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Despite Challenges, Urban Microgrids Increase Resilience

Michael Ashford | Lisa Pagkalinawan
July 29, 2019
5 Minute Read
Urban microgrids can harness underutilized sources of low-emission energy in cities — including rooftop solar, small hydro, and biogas from organic waste streams and treatment plants — and spur economic development.

Laying a Blueprint for Municipal Public-Private Energy Partnerships

Melusile Ndlovu | Suzi Kondic
February 7, 2019
3 Minute Read
South Africa has committed to clean energy goals, but its municipalities must follow a detailed regulatory process for advancing public-private partnerships (PPPs). Melusile Ndlovu and Suzi Kondic share how one project is navigating this process, unlocking the power of PPPs for renewable energy.

Let There Be Light: The Case for Powering Peri-Urban Communities

Michael Ashford | Chelsea Lanzoni
November 9, 2017
4 Minute Read
Sustainable Development Goal 7 makes access to energy a global priority. Michael Ashford and Chelsea Lanzoni explore the challenges and offer potential solutions for ensuring reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy for all.

News: Elevating Africa’s Power Sector: Chemonics at the Energy Africa Conference

November 7, 2017
< 1 Minute Read
On November 9 and 10, Chemonics attends the 10th annual Energy Africa Conference to explore opportunities and challenges in Africa's power sector.
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Rural Access to Electricity: A Challenge of Dollars and Sense

Zachary Hauser
October 24, 2017
4 Minute Read
More than 600 million people in Africa don’t have access to electricity. A distributed approach to addressing the barriers to rural electrification might offer a path forward.

Energizing the Sustainable Development Goals

Rebecca Walsh
September 14, 2017
4 Minute Read
From gender equality to health, expanding access to energy is a hidden prerequisite to achieving many of the Sustainable Development Goals. Rebecca Walsh explains.

Sustained Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa’s Power Hinges on Local and Regional Distribution Companies

Michael Ashford
July 18, 2017
5 Minute Read
Unless distribution companies are better able to collect payment from users, increasing power generation may not be enough to sustainably improve energy access in sub-Saharan Africa.

3 Questions with Christelle Beyers: Bringing Low Emissions and High Rewards to South Africa

Christelle Beyers
June 13, 2017
4 Minute Read
Christelle Beyers discusses financing for green energy, converting fish waste to biogas, and pushing low emissions development projects through the pipeline.

The Push and Pull of Power Reform in Sub-Saharan Africa

Mark Tomlinson
June 7, 2017
4 Minute Read
For the power sector to advance sustainably, private investment is critical. How can we bridge the gap between long-term public interests and the short-term goals of private investors? Energy expert Mark Tomlinson explores options