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.
Congratulations to the University of Toronto's Water and Energy Research Lab! Their WERLWind wind-powered aeration device has earned them a spot as a finalist at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Innovation Showcase in Washington, DC. Voting is open until June 20.
Asian Voice recently spoke with Jitendra Lakhani, Futurepump's head of Indian operations. He elaborated on Futurepump's exciting plans to begin selling their pumps to farmers in India.
Do you love chocolate? If you do, you'll be glad to know that Futurepump's low-cost, reliable solar irrigation pumps are helping farmers in Ghana to grow more cocoa. This is good news for them, too, since these pumps mean they're less reliant on unpredictable weather, and less impacted by drought.
EarthSpark's microgrid in Les Anglais, Haiti, has demonstrated the effectiveness and robustness of renewables there. Thanks to a loan from Taiwan, the future looks brighter for Haiti—and for Earthspark!—as some of these funds will be used to build more microgrids and other renewable energy projects.