SimGas's robust growth in Kenya is made possible, in part, by Lendahand crowdfunding. A recent campaign raised 84,400€, which will provide loans to 125 farmers living in Muranga and Meru, enabling them to acquire SimGas biogas systems. A second campaign is now underway.
A project supported by the Institute for University Cooperation has just installed four new solar photovoltaic units in Azraq, Jordan where they will provide clean power to run water pumps for farms.
A huge milestone for SimGas: In 2018 their micro-scale biogas-powered milk chillers will be widely distributed in East Africa. Small-scale off-grid milk cooling that uses a reliable and renewable energy source—biogas produced from cow manure—means less milk spoilage, and a better living for farmers.
SunCulture and their partner, Professor Lyrical, won the grand prize at “Pitch & Flow”, a rap battle event where social entrepreneurs and underground rappers worked together to translate the stories of their work, and how it's helping to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals, into verse.
Claro Energy will be installing a 1 MW rooftop solar panel project in Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Gwalior and Jabalpur. This will add to their already impressive footprint in India, where they've installed more than 6000 solar pumps across 16 states.
Claro Energy's Kartik Wahi sat down with Rural Marketing to discuss his company's progress, challenges, plans and impact. Their solar pumps change lives—farmers using them grow a larger variety of in-demand crops, see much higher profits, and have more control over their power supply.
Ariya Leasing, a subsidiary of Ariya Capital, Ltd., provides financing for solar power systems to businesses, with a special focus on the agricultural sector. Access to solar power will allow Bondet Farm to save on energy costs, and to operate with a reduced environmental impact.
Ecoligo has launched a new project on its crowdinvesting platform, shortly after installation has begun on the startup’s first two crowdfinanced solar systems. The financing volume is 144,000 € and will be managed by Ariya Capital.
A low-cost solar fish pond aerator designed by the University of Toronto could boost yields in most of the world’s aquaculture operations. Most artificial ponds worldwide are on family farms and other small-scale operations in developing countries.
Futurepump was among the winners of the 2017 Ashden Awards, which aim to highlight “the best in sustainable energy”.
An investment in Rebound’s IcePoint™ technology by an early-stage equity fund aims to improve food supply chains and reduce food waste.