We brought the remotest parts of Bolivia to your laptop or smartphone in the form of a video where rural Bolivians told you how solar power has transformed their lives. Women entrepreneurs in Kenya and Mali told you about the power of clean cooking and solar power. And our energy specialists underscored the need to tackle energy access challenges for refugees and told you why Zambia’s solar auction was a game changer.
Throughout 2016, you shared, liked, retweeted and commented – proving to us that you care as deeply about energy issues as we do, especially after the historic Paris agreement went into force earlier this year. We love that you are plugged into these issues, and will strive to bring you more of these stories in 2017.
Here’s a recap of the stories that captivated you in 2016:
Mini grids – or clusters of solar panels – in islands like Monpura and agricultural villages like Saidpur are helping small business owners and farmers access affordable and reliable electricity, improve productivity and climb the rungs of economic prosperity.
Did you know that ? And that a refugee ends up living in a camp for 17 years on average? Not surprisingly,
In Bolivia, the solution is solar power. Learn how who don’t live anywhere close to electricity lines.
Africa lags every other region in the world when it comes to electricity access for its people. Is there a way for the poor in Africa to have access to reliable and affordable power and for the utilities that supply subsidized electricity to stay profitable at the same time?
Our report says it is. Here is what we learned:
that are swiftly embracing this clean, renewable source of energy to close their electricity access gaps and meet climate change mitigation goals.
Electricity is integral to people’s well-being across the world. But
. How? Through these new, cleaner cookstoves that use less firewood and help women in rural Kenya save money and time and reduce the impact on their health. Some of them are even using the extra time to become budding entrepreneurs.
This is good news for the country and the region, since nearly 700 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa don’t have access to electricity even today. The auction is dramatically shifting perceptions that low costs for renewable energy are unattainable in poor countries with weak institutions, underdeveloped laws, and high costs for conducting business. Here’s why that matters:
Solar costs are dropping, and are at an all-time low right now, with prices projected to fall even further in coming years. So That would be a viable, stationary solution to store energy, especially from sources like solar. And we still have a ways to go.
This blog post shows that the day is not far off when rooftop solar products in India will be sold as commonly as TVs or cars.
Have other favorite energy news stories, videos or blog posts from 2016? Share your pick with us in the comments section below.
The World Bank Energy and Extractives team wishes you a prosperous and happy 2017!