EDF's investment in SunCulture means increased sales capacity and expanded access to farmer credit in Kenya, and the ability to expand into West Africa. SunCulture's products have already saved almost two billion liters of water, and have increased farmers' incomes while cutting their costs.
iDE uses a market-based approach to make technologies for better agriculture more readily available to farmers in developing countries. A great example is Powering Agriculture Innovator Futurepump, a business that iDE helped create. Their Sunflower Pump is successful in several developing markets.
Congratulations to SunCulture! They've closed an investment round with the EDF Group, one of the world’s largest electric utility companies and a global leader in low-carbon energy. EDF joins SunCulture’s existing institutional investors, Energy Access Ventures and Partners Group.
Husk Power Systems and First Solar are helping India achieve complete household electrification by December 2018 by using a hybrid system. Solar power provides electricity and charges batteries for nighttime use during the day. A biomass gasification system is used as a backup.
Husk Power Systems has been recognized by YourStory one of five Indian companies that are taking especially bold and innovative strides to ensure intergenerational equity, and that are working for a cleaner and better planet.
iDE Bangladesh's Riasat Alam is a co-author of "Designing a Solar Microgrid System for Powering an Off-grid Fish Hatchery and Nearby Households in Bangladesh". This system the paper outlines has the potential to increase demand and profits, and to strengthen local economic prospects.
Claro Energy's solar water pumps are a great solution in remote, off-grid regions. Plus, farmers can earn extra income by selling surplus energy. Another Claro innovation: e-rickshaws that bring pay-per-use solar panels to farmers, who can then irrigate using RFID cards, cash or micro-finance.
Futurepump is promoting "future-proof" farming in Mozambique, where smallholder farmers are facing increasing temperatures and less predictable rainfall. Solar irrigation helps farmers to make the most of every growing season, giving them more security in a changing climate.
EarthSpark has created a list of recommendations that provide concrete, actionable guidance to practitioners and prospective owners of productive uses of electricity (PUE) appliances. Adoption of PUE appliances is core to unlocking the economic development potential of community microgrids.
Claro Energy is at the center of a new initiative that combines mobile and stationary solar-powered mini-grids and links them to irrigation. This "irrigation-as-a-service" business model is already being used by dozens of farmers in India's Bihar state.
The impact investment sector looks for solutions that address social or environmental challenges. Ariya Capital provides cost-effective renewable energy generation and energy efficiency services to farmers with little up-front investment—a boon for farmers, the environment, and for investors.
Increasing adoption of new, sometimes expensive, technologies needs a creative approach. Access to financing, plus a strong pitch, customer education, demonstrations, and bundled solutions looks like a winning strategy. Microfinancers Juhudi Kilimo recently partnered with Futurepump to learn more.