Thanks for your questions and for being one of the first users contributing to the platform !
The "Collaboration for Development" platform differs from a Linked In discussion group mainly by the powerful collaboration capabilities offered to its users. Unlike a Linked In group, participants are not limited to discuss and connect with peers but are also encouraged -and allowed- to contribute by creating their own content. Capabilities range from uploading documents to showcasing events, participating to polls, creating blog posts, using dedicated sub-spaces to feature their projects' findings and advancements among other additional features.
We have preferred this solution so that every interested stakeholder can fully share its expertise and knowledge, as well as enjoy enough freedom to contribute to the development of collective knowledge within this common space.
To answer your second question, yes the two platforms could be linked through the addition of an enhanced type of web link on each of them, so users have no difficulties to jump from one to another.
Do you think that this space could be useful to you knowing more about it ? Would you have any suggestion that could maximize its interest from a participant point of view ?
We would like to hear more about your thoughts !
Hi Yann - I'm happy to introduce myself: I am Dutch, based in Munich and Founder and CEO of Redavia. Redavia reduces power costs and emissions of remote mining operations in Africa and Australia, as well as remote towns in Africa and Asia Pacific. in remote locations
Redavia has developed a redeployable solar farm which allows customers to lease solar farms instead of purchasing them outright. This removes the main barriers for mines and LDC-based customers to actually start using solar power, because with our product, customers don't need to raise financing to buy the equipment and don't need to sign long-term power purchase agreements. That means this system is very well suited to rural areas in least developed countries.
I am interested in this group because of the potential of Redavia's product for expanding telco tower power systems to local "power hubs". To build these local hubs quickly, Redavia's rental solar farms may be just what is needed to roll out systems rapidly in countries where long-term financing is difficult to obtain.
As for how to use the group: I'd like to do 3 things:
- Understand who is in the group, what their background is and what they are currently working on.
- Follow and contribute to the discussion to see whether concrete project oppotunities arise.
- Expand the group and attract new members to grow the initiative.
Hope that helps!
Hi Erwin and many thanks for your reply !
Financing is surely a key issue and innovative solutions such as the one you are developing are key in unlocking the potential of such business models. Your inputs will undoubtedly be very valuable to peers while we go ahead with online discussions.
Thanks for your inputs in how to use the platform too, please do not hesitate to invite new members through the "invite someone" functionality accessible from the homepage.
Looking forward to your contributions !
My name is Mohua Mukherjee and I am one of the World Bank team members in this group, currently working as a senior energy specialist in South Asia and some African countries. I am interested in learning more about your solar farm which is available to be rented or leased, and thereby addresses a major problem in many countries I work in, where small project developers, who want to offer solar solutions, don't have access to commercial loans to actually afford to buy the capital equipment to implement their solution.
Please tell me how a hypothetical situation like this would work if Redavia were to be involved: suppose we have an entrepreneur in Nigeria or Tanzania or Malawi or somewhere, who has completed a market survey of communities living near telecom towers. He may or may not be able to get a long term contract with the tower in order to supply power to them (that remains to be seen), but he definitely has identified commercially viable opportunities within the community, which includes some "daytime load" from small industries, rice mills, other agro processing etc. He would be happy to set up his business based on the load profile around the tower, even if the tower does not regard him as a credible supplier and does not give him a long term PPA. Suppose he wants to enter a solar farm rental arrangement with Redavia. How would his rental cost be calculated? I assume one business model would be where you are selling him the kWh at a certain price, i.e that is what he has to pay you, and then he is retailing those kWh to the end customers with a margin for himself.
Another business model could be where you collect the capacity charge from him, i.e. X dollars per 50Wp panel, and he pays you whether or not he is able to recover the full cost plus a margin from the end user. This would be better suited to a micro-grid model, probably. Alternatively, some telecom towers which want to use diesel as a backup, could rent your equipment for their internal use (no community power, but just to meet their own needs).
I can see a number of opportunities for us to look at a rental/leasing approach for local investors who are currently experienced in other fields, to give this a try for a fixed contract period, in order to set up their ESCO.
Can you please share some info with us about two or three places where your clients are currently using your product, and give us an idea of what they are doing, what kind of customer profile there is, and how they are paying you, i.e. based on measurement of what (or is it just capacity charge?). How long is the lease typically?
Really look forward to hearing from you to learn more about your business
Thank you for the invitation to this network. I work for ALPINE-ENERGIE and I am looking after our off´-grid solutions which were especially designed for the telemobile sector for powering BTS.
We are currently investigating options in Nepal and are also looking for possibilities in Uganda as we have a small team there currently working for setting up infrasturcture for mobile operators. The team could also install off-grid systems.
Therefore I am specifically interested in tower companies or mobile operators in Uganda who want to kick off a reference project.
Moreover as the financing is always quite difficult in those projects we are also looking for partners in this regard.
So what I expect from this platform is to talk on concrete projects, develop opportunities and to find partners to move forward.
If you go to youtube and enter "hybrox" you will see one of our´possible solutions.
All the best Andreas
Many thanks for your reply and the description of Alpine-Energie solutions. Seeing projects on the ground that make the case for these types of business models and unlocking finance as well as fostering partnerships are also some of our main objectives. This is actually what we hope to achieve by bringing together multiple stakeholders onto this platform!
I have looked at the Hybrox 2+ video on youtube and featured it on the front page with the other videos. Please do not hesitate to upload products' documentation in the document section as we will be curious about the technical capabilities being offered by Alpine off-grid boxes (power generation capacity, reliability of power, load management capabilities, price, etc.).
I am Jeremy and interested in this initiative as it combines my background in a variety of energy types and interest in innovative financial structures. I look forward to helping things move forward.
I'm Andres, a research asistant in Madrid, Institute of Research in Technology (IIT) - Comillas Pontifical University. I'm working on a Ph.D. thesis for Universal Access considering low-cost technologies, business models, regulation and governance issues.
Though the scope is quite broad, I'm very insterested in the synergies with the telecom sector. It's a great opportunity to learn together.
I am glad to join this energy-telecom initiative!
For many years, Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, has been involved in access-to-energy programmes. Most notably, it has set up the Business, Innovation and People at the Base of the Pyramid (BipBop) programme in 2009 to:
• Develop a cost-effective portfolio of products and solutions providing access to energy for low income populations and creating markets adapted to local socio-economic contexts in order to meet local needs for equipment.
• Provide financial, technical, and managerial support to SMEs and entrepreneurs in the field of access to energy through an impact investment fund in order to stimulate the local economy.
• Create training in energy management trades for disadvantaged youths in order to promote the local long-term skills and expertise development.
You will find more information on the following corporate website: www.schneider-electric.com/bipbop and on our interactive world map of projects: www.bipbop-energy.com or videos on www.tv.schneider-electric.com (under Corporate > Corporate Social Repsonsibility).
In a more pragmatic way, Schneider Electric’s Access to Energy programmes brings together products and solutions, competencies like community energy needs assessment or technical sizing tools, project management, and partners coordination to provide electrification solution for communities in a sustainable way. We developed a dedicated offer which helps us to provide an adapted technical solution for each village’s or community’s context. For instance, a central micro off-grid facility will electrify surroundings community buildings and small industries as well as a battery charging station and a water pumping solution. A local entrepreneur will rent charged batteries to provide energy to solar home systems that are installed in households. This combination helped us to build sustainable business models with our local partners that actually operate the systems. We are sure that models involving ESCOs and local private enterprises will contribute to the dissemination of safe, affordable and sustainable access to energy solutions. A typical example of one of our latest pilot project can be seen on the following video: http://goo.gl/lHf0U.
Therefore, this Energy-Telecom initiative represents a great opportunity for a company like Schneider Electric to further partnerships, marry capabilities and provide a systemic response to the worldwide needs of communities for communicating and developing through access to energy.
Hi Yann and everyone,
Thanks for accepting me as a member. I am the regional editor for South Asia. I edit reports and press releases, and learnt a lot while editing a report on IFC's first in the region: the rooftop solar project in Gujarat.
I also authored an article sometime back for Businessworld, an India business magazine, that touched upon the area. For those interested in a rather long article, here is the link: http://www.businessworld.in/en/storypage/-/bw/here-comes-the-sun/905117.37489/page/-1
I hope to learn more from the telcom energy initiatiative on the subject. For the record, I am a very new user, and still finding my way around not just this forum, but Spark as well !
Thank you for all the posts. I am here interested in any information related to the possibility of "microgrid in a box" and in new technical solutions for low-rated inverters (around 2kW) when they have to operate with a very fluctuating load profile (where for ex. 70% to the time the load is around 300 W and 30% of the time is 2kW).
I have seen that now IKEA sells solar pannels that you can buy and install yourself following the philospohy of "do it by yourself". How long will it take for this to be widespread? and what are the main barriers? I have seen news saying that solar power is now facing the barrier of the "sun tax" both in Spain and USA. Can anyone comment on that?
Thanks in advance!
I am glad to be part of this group. I am a Chilean Attorney, with experience in Chile's Telecom field and currently shifting my career path towards the energy sector. I am based in London, currently as MSc candidate in Environmental Policy & Regulation at London School of Economics. My thesis is about off-grid opportunities in rural India, focused on decentralisation of funding mechanisms and specially in barriers that Crowdfunding Platforms, MicroFinance Institutiones and foreign lenders and donors in general, have to face in order to get into this over-regulated market.
Any thoughts, ideas, experiences and case studies in the area would be useful to me, so do not hesitate in contacting me if want to have a passionate discussion about access to energy in general!
Also, I am very excited about the new Energy Policy of Chile, which emphasizes the generation by renewable sources. Due to my previous experience as legal consultant of two of the five telecom companies in that country, I feel that the energy sector will develop as fast as the telecom one. It would be interesting to hear from entrepreneurs that want to reach not only the Chilean market, but also South America, where regulatory barriers and energy policies are not as tough and closed as in South East Asia or Africa. I have the backup of a specialized legal firm, so it would be interesting to me to hear some scalable business models related to renewable energy certificates, entrepreneurs support, access to energy and others related.
I'm the president of NGO: Amis des Etrangers au Togo: ADET in consultative status with ECOSOC in 2013. I work with many professionals in ADET area of expertise. The Zone of expertise of ADET is international based in Togo: I'm very happy to join the community. Best Regards
I am glad to join this form and looking forward to have some positive interactions with fellow enthusiasts.
We are planning to operate wind-solar mini-grid systems in rural Nepal and looking for financing options- soft loan, grant etc. Furthermore, we are also looking for different successful mini-grid distribution and revenue collection systems, such as pre-paid metering, that are low cost and yet effective and efficient.
I am Samson from Ethiopia, country director for Solar Energy Foundation in Ethiopia.
Happy to join this group,
Our Foundation did a lot in the past eight years in Ethiopia for the development of rural electrification sustainable approaches. I ma happy to share our experiances and also want to learn from others.
Visit our web to learn more about our activities on www.stiftung-solarenergie.org
I am Cécile from France and I am the co-founder of Sevea, a company that mainly provides operational support to corporates, organisations and social enterprises operating, in developing countries, in the clean energy sector or for energy related issues in the sectors of water, health, agriculture & education.
I am really happy to join this group as I think there is a lot that can be done through sharing of experiences and best practices especially when we talk about the following challenges: last-mile distribution network, follow-up of technologies that can ease-up or accelerate the provision of energy services, innovative business models, impact assessment and social KPIs, training and availability of skilled manpower in rural areas, investment readiness of social enterprises and more generally, practical, business-oriented and down to earth support that can be given to any type of social venture aiming at providing access to energy.
I'll be glad to discuss with anyone about what we have found out and hear about what are the main challenges you are facing. In addition, for those interested, don't hesitate to consult some of the case studies we have produced in the energy and the water sector Analyses & Décryptages
I'm Banji, a renewable and sustainable energy enthusiast. I previously worked in corporate finance and banking sectors in the UK, but now heavily interested in the promotion, development and investment in renewable energy uptake in the developing world, with a significant focus on rural electrification and off grid solutions.
I'm in the process of developing a platform and campaign that will help to provide finances to facilitate and stimulate solar projects being undertaken by individuals/charities/NGOs for homes and schools in rural areas and I am keen to develop strong partnerships and exchange ideas with others also working to achieve this.
My name is Mahalmadane Aly Toure , I am Electrical engineer from Mali.
I am working as energy consultant for ngo , consulting companies, contractors , public institutions and individuals .My activities are :
I hope this platform will serve as collaborative medium for practionners involved in rural electrification .
I'm an electrical engineer from Nepal currently working in an energy consultant agency based in kathmandu which has been involved in rural electrification through micro grid hydro power systems for more than 20 years.
I have joined this community not only for international exposure but also as a development platform for my agency. Moreover, i am looking to provide my insights and issues and receive any form of input from all the respected members of this community
Hi everyone - I'm happy to introduce myself:
I am Austrian, based in Gothenburg, Sweden and Founder & COO of CSOLAR. We want to provide cheaper finance for rural electrification projects by crowdfunding the upfront costs of the projects and getting them repaid in installments, loan repayments or other ways in smaller amounts than they currently pay for diesel or kerosene.Overall our service should be cheaper than traditional finance.
We are a for-profit philanthropy and believe in the triple win:
• Cheaper electricity for the local population
• Profit for us and the local solar company
• Return for the crowdfunders
We are very early-stage and currently look for (a) fundable project(s) by mid of February and want to start the first funding campaign on our platform in June/July this year. Thereafter we talk scale and want to always have a project pipeline to sustain the platform (~ 20 initially in July).
We basically want to finance solar project in the size of aggregated SHS up to installations around 25kW with crowdfunding. For our first project we believe we can raise between 20,000-50,000 Euro, thereafter we talk scale and could potentially reach much higher numbers. Financing these projects we would either become a stakeholder in the project or finance it via debt finance from our side. This also depends on what is most suitable to the solar developer and the specific projects.
Looking forward to see if there are interesting collaboration potentials!
Andreas Lehner Founder & COO, CSOLAR
Address: Stena Center 1D, 412 92 Gothenburg
Hi Yann and rest of the community.
Im very glad to be part of this group. Being here means that some or all of us are looking for a change right? .Well I´d use this netwrok to find people to talk about my renewable enrgy project profitability or sustainability..
are they technical or finacially viables? great!!! to learn each other. Those are my needs.
My name is YURI ULIANOV LOPEZ, I am a 43 years old electrical engineer witha PhD on renewable energies and energy effiency from Universidad de ZAragoza, Spain, but as a Colombian, I returned home to begin and develop projects.
Now Im looking for a minimun costs in rural communities near the pacific coast using their own local resource. This is really hard..but we´re doing the best to get it.
I hope we could talk and share ideas from any part of the world ...YURI
'Aloha' Yann and this wonderful community!
My name is Mithila, currently I am developing this 'Rural Electrification' branch here at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute under University of Hawaii.
We have technologies, resources and experienced people here in Hawaii, we are continuously trying develop/optimize some solutions for Bangladesh. This part of the time June-July 2015, it's flooding in my country, it will happen next year too, like the biggest flood during 1987-88. People are suffering, they need us, they need the solutions, they need access to energy and many more. We will be visiting Bangladesh in September'15 and will try to map, visit our partners, stakeholders, and the local people. We started working on few ideas, please collaborate and help us if you feel necessary:
- Nanogrid/Minigrid for rural off grid areas in Bangladesh
- Making the Solar Irrigation Pumps more energy efficient and cost-effective
- Solar powered cold storage etc.
Please let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions. Thank you!
Hi Every One,
I am extremely delighted to join this wonderful group work for rural electrification.
My name is Amitsinh Vaghela, based in Ahmedabad, India. I work as carbon footprint consultant and practise GHG Protocol. Our startup EarthcarbonInterantional is working on a portal where we can help customers to buy managed solutions. There is lot of public opinion building up against climate change. There are hundreds of websites providing Carbon footprint online and many are providing their party projects in mitigating emissions. We provide managed solutions instead of third party certification. We measure, manage, reduce footprint depending on country's commitment. Our team of experts audits energy, water, lifestyle activity and provides solutions mitigating footprint. We install, supervise and report clients footprint online.I have worked in UK, China, UAE,Indonesia, Greece & India over a period of time. Hope to interact and learn from your experience on the portal.
I am working on a summit that seeks to create the necessary space for alignment of different organizations and disciplines to deliver effective solutions. Our organizational impact comes from fostering connections between individuals and stewarding the development of strategic partnerships to meet the global energy access challenge. Although an enormous amount of research has been carried out in the energy access space, questions and uncertainties about the best paths to progress remain, especially in the translation of research into action.
“The end goal is to improve well-being through the transformative change modern electricity services provide. We will identify and catalyze the strategies and actions necessary to sustainably provide the energy-isolated with reliable and affordable access to modern electricity services. This will be made possible by harnessing current and emerging science, technology and social innovations, and considering short, medium and long-term timeframes.”
Hi, I'm Louis, based in Paris, doing some research on mini-grids viability from a demand perspective.
Talking about "Social Innovation", I'm interested in strategies currently implemented to analyze systematically local value chains, engage partnerships, promote targeted investments, and boost local productive uses/development, in order not only to provide energy but also fuel the activities that will lead (directly or indirectly) to increasing cash flows. I have visited some interesting projects in this respect and am looking for others to support.