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Is the IFC Finally Moving Solar Investment Beyond the Grid?

February 9, 2015 by Justin Guay

Beyond the Grid Solar Investment


Last fall, the Sierra Club and Oil Change International published a scorecard evaluating major multilateral development banks on their energy access spending. The World Bank Group, of which the International Finance Corporation (IFC) is part, received a failing score.[read more]

What Fenix International's Investment Says About Solar Beyond the Grid in 2015

February 4, 2015 by Justin Guay

Beyond the Grid Solar Investment

We're only one month into 2015 and it already looks like it'll be a wild ride when it comes to investment in solar energy beyond the grid. I say that because I recently sat down with a private equity investor who has been interested in beyond the grid solar markets for years.[read more]


Off-Grid Energy in India: Identifying Early Adopter Markets

January 20, 2015 by Yael Borofsky

Off-Grid Energy Adopton in India

The potential market for off-grid electricity in India is large, with more than 300 million people living without access to electricity. With such an expansive market, how do enterprises decide where and how to focus? We advocate that entrepreneurs use an analytical approach to choosing the area of operation.[read more]

Did OPIC Just Finish A Watershed Beyond The Grid Solar Deal?

December 23, 2014 by Justin Guay

Off Grid Solar and OPIC

2014 was a breakout year for beyond the grid clean energy investment with at least $64 million invested. But the debt needed to scale successful companies is still all but absent. Which means whomever unlocks this debt unlocks scale, and that means powering hundreds of millions of lives.[read more]

Move Over World Bank: Bilateral Institutions Lead Investment Beyond the Grid

November 11, 2014 by Justin Guay

Development and Energy Investment

The Sierra Club and Oil Change International recently released an assessment of multilateral development banks' investment beyond the grid, and the findings aren't good. While investments are continuing to flow into beyond the grid clean energy markets, most public institutions are missing in action.[read more]

Five Principles For Taming the Wild West of Beyond the Grid Clean Energy Policy

October 30, 2014 by Justin Guay

Off Grid Clean Energy Policy

Misguided and inappropriate safeguards threaten to handicap some of the most dynamic and innovative approaches to ending energy poverty for 1.3 billion people around the world. That's the finding of a report which proposes five policy principles to ensure clean energy access markets thrive.[read more]

Millions in New Investment Cap Record Year for Beyond the Grid Solar Markets

October 28, 2014 by Justin Guay

Off Grid Solar Development and Investment

It has been a record year for beyond the grid solar investment. Over $45 million in investments have closed in the past year, including: $1.8 million for plug and play solar provider BBOXX, $11 million for industry pioneer d.light, and $20 million for mobile money pioneer M-KOPA.[read more]

The Next Frontier For Beyond the Grid Solar Markets: Big Data

August 6, 2014 by Justin Guay

Solar Development and Big Data


When it comes to energy access, we're fond of saying small is big. That's because all those small scale solar lanterns, solar home systems, and solar mini-grids add up to a big market. But the size of that market could well be dwarfed by an even larger opportunity the solar revolution is engendering.[read more]

President Obama and Private Investors Move $1 Billion Beyond the Grid

June 11, 2014 by Justin Guay

For a while it seemed as though the Power Africa Initiative was more about powering oil and gas profits than delivering energy access to those that need it most. However, thanks to recent bipartisan leadership in the House of Representatives, this threat has passed.[read more]

$45 Million Flows to Off-Grid Solar in Past Four Months

May 9, 2014 by Justin Guay

Off-Grid Solar Financing

The off-grid solar market is booming. From Tower Power to pay-as-you-go solar, previously untapped clean energy markets are being unlocked by innovative businesses. Now, investors are sitting up and taking notice. In just the past four months, almost $45 million has been invested.[read more]

What d.light's $11 Million Investment Means for Off Grid Solar Energy

March 6, 2014 by Justin Guay

Off Grid Solar Investment

From sub-Saharan Africa to Bangladesh the off grid solar market is posting eye popping growth rates. But despite that impressive performance access to finance has choked the sector's ability to truly scale. That's why a new Series C investment in industry leader d.light is worth paying attention to.[read more]