Reports in topic: Energy Solutions

Energy Access: why coal is not the way out of energy poverty

This Carbon Tracker report shows how rural communities in Africa and India suffering most from a lack of modern energy can exploit the falling costs of renewable power to access electricity without the need for expensive grid transmission networks. The report’s findings are in stark contrast to the views of the global coal industry, whose biggest publicly traded company Peabody Energy Corp, maintains coal is “essential to meet the scale of Africa’s desperate need for electricity.”

Failing to Solve Energy Poverty: how much international investment is going to distributed clean energy access?

Increasingly, distributed clean energy is proving to be an important tool for providing energy services for those living beyond the grid. Distributed clean energy includes off-grid and mini-grid renewable energy solutions that provide power to populations either not reached by the conventional grid or those connected to the grid but considered ‘under-electrified’ as a result of chronic power outages or load shedding. Distributed clean energy has several advantages for poor populations, including the fact it can be deployed more rapidly and cheaply than the grid can be extended.