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Five Principles for Off-Grid Energy Policy

Sierra Club’s latest report talks about the five principles that policymakers should abide by to ensure rapid development of the off-grid energy market.

The Report states that the off-grid market potential of around $12Billion is still unexplored and if pursued with a suitable combination of policies, would help in rapid development of local economies and hence in generation of local jobs.

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Clean energy investments finally growing since 2011

In their recent press release, Clean Energy Pipeline reports that investments in clean energy have been increasing consistently in the 3rd quarter of 2014 and are set for the first year-on-year growth since 2011.

According to the release, new investments in the sector amount to $68.4 billion in 3Q14 – an 11% increase on the corresponding quarter of 2013.

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The not-so-desirable hockey stick

Growth – it’s favoured by most people. And exponential growth even more so. An entrepreneur’s, and investor’s, dream is the hockey stick – when growth and revenue suddenly takes off in an unprecedented manner.

This is all fine and dandy when we’re talking in financial terms. But when we switch to climate change – specifically global warming and the earth’s temperature – hockey stick growth is very, very undesirable.

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Energy poverty, no more.

Very far away from the land of dish washers, stadium floodlights and blinking neon signs, it becomes pitch black after the sun sets.

To hundreds of millions in rural India, night literally means darkness. As in impossible to read, have your shop open, or even be able to see what you are eating.

Until now.

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