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10Jul

Press Release: Sweden's Beyond the Grid Fund Signs First Contracts with Energy Service Providers

Lusaka, Zambia - Sweden’s Ambassador to Zambia Henrik Cederin signed four contracts last Friday with companies offering a variety of rural energy solutions, marking the start of operations of the Power Africa: Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia (BGFZ). The USD25m Fund, which is financed by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and managed by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), aims to bring modern energy to one million Zambians.

10Jul

Press Release: Sweden's Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia Signs First Contracts with Energy Service Providers. The Goal: Modern Energy for One Million Zambians

Lusaka, Zambia - Sweden’s Ambassador to Zambia Henrik Cederin signed four contracts last Friday with companies offering a variety of rural energy solutions, marking the start of operations of the Power Africa: Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia (BGFZ). The USD25m Fund, which is financed by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and managed by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), aims to bring modern energy to one million Zambians, and build a solid foundation for continuing growth of the market such that it can serve all Zambians.

26Jun

Second Year of Microsoft Affordable Access Initiative grants awarded

He made a vow. When his 16-year-old daughter died from an illness doctors could not diagnose, Allen Bailochan Tuladhar promised he would carry out her dream to help young people in Nepal obtain better access to technology and computer science education.

13Jun

Zambia’s solar: mini grids and scaling solar projects pick up

Several sessions during last week’s Africa Energy Forum (AEF) depicted the dynamics of solar energy development in Zambia that is currently taking the form of mini grids as well as larger projects via the scaling solar program.

Zambia’s solar sector has attracted global attention due to the very low costs of electricity procured via the first round of the so-called scaling solar program in 2015.

09Jun

Access Power wins USTDA grant for 130-MW wind project in Zambia

June 9 (Renewables Now) - Тhe US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) this week announced it has approved funding for a wind project of 130 MW to 140 MW that is being developed in Zambia by the local unit of Access Power Ltd.

The newly-signed grant will be used by Access Wind One Zambia Ltd to conduct feasibility studies in connection with the project located in Pensulo. The total cost of the scheme is estimated at USD 275 million (EUR 246m).

Upon completion in 2019, the wind park will be generating over 500 GWh of electricity a year.

09Jun

Zambia signs electricity expansion deal US

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has signed a grant aimed at increasing electricity access in Zambia.

This grant follows a partnership between USTDA and Zambian company Standard Microgrid Initiatives Limited on a study that supports the deployment of containerized minigrid units in rural and peri-urban districts in Zambia.

The project is anticipated to be the first large-scale deployment of solar with battery storage mini-grids in the country that utilizes U.S. technology solutions.

09Jun

USTDA Creates Opportunities for U.S. Businesses in Zambia

During this week's Africa Energy Forum, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency signed a grant aimed at increasing electricity access in Zambia. USTDA is partnering with Zambian company Standard Microgrid Initiatives Limited on a study that supports the deployment of containerized minigrid units in rural and peri-urban districts in Zambia. The project is anticipated to be the first large-scale deployment of solar with battery storage mini-grids in the country that utilizes U.S. technology solutions.

08Jun

InfraCo Africa commits US$3.5m to Standard Microgrid to expand delivery of off-grid solar in Zambia

Copenhagen, Africa Energy Forum (AEF): InfraCo Africa and Standard Microgrid Initiatives (Pty) Ltd (SM) have signed a Convertible Loan Agreement for the phased disbursement of up to US$3.5million. In parallel, the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) also awarded SM a US$0.75million grant to support project preparation services. Together, these commitments will fund the deployment of distributed solar power services across Zambia.

16May

Standard Microgrid: A Social Movement- WWC Sessions

In the final part of this series we chat to Brian about the social impact Standard Microgrid is making. Their pricing model has not only changed the way people receive power but who receives power. Along with enabling more rural areas to access to energy, SMG has also created entrepreneurship opportunities within communities.

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08May

Standard Microgrid on Tech – WWC Sessions

Following on from our first interview with Brian from SMG we talk about thier new concept of powertime and how they’re using technology in order to keep innovating.

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02May

Standard Microgrid on Financing- WWC Sessions

A new initiative of containerised, solar powered plants from a company called Standard Microgrid is revolutionising the way Africans think about power. As the first in a three- part series, Alex Acton chats to co-founder Brian Somers about how SMG is tackling financing and investments.

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12Oct

Accenture announces Innovation Index winners

JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – INNOVATIVE South African companies with an ability to make use of evolving technology to improve customer value, operational procedures and create new revenue streams have been rewarded in Johannesburg.

The winners have been announced at the Innovation Index at the Accenture Innovation Conference, following weeks of adjudication by Accenture and The Da Vinci Institute.