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Solar dominates this week’s newsletter--from new breakthroughs in TPV and perhaps photosynthetics through studies on the impact of dust and wildlife to the continuing success of pay-as-you-go schemes in improving energy access. Not forgetting Tesla looking to achieve its ambition of providing a one stop shop for all things solar: batteries, panels and cars. 

At Smart Villages we welcome these advances, but hope solar does not overshadow other sources in the minds of scientists, investors, policymakers and, above all, consumers. In our workshops across the world, we see that villages have their own unique needs that aren't always met by solar power, so let's remember that hydro power, biomass, wind and other renewables--or a mix thereof--can also be sustainable solutions to energy access.

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Carbon-Financed Cookstove Fails To Deliver Hoped-For Benefits In The Field
A new study by researchers from the University of British Columbia, University of Washington and elsewhere — which measured ambient and indoor household air pollution before and after a carbon-finance-approved cookstove intervention in rural India — found that the improvements were less than anticipated. [...]

Jennifer Langston - University of Washington (27.07.16)

Elon Musk Says Tesla Will Likely Sell Power Grid Services
A little over a year ago, Tesla officially launched its grid battery business with a plan to make batteries that can store energy for buildings and the power grid.But down the road, Tesla could also sell grid battery services, which would use software, smart algorithms, and data to control Tesla batteries to help utilities better manage the power grid [...]

Katie Fehrenbacher - Fortune (28.07.16)

Reducing Energy Poverty Not Only For Solar And Impact Investors
With his new solar-powered d.light lamps, the output of Suleman’s chicken farm grew by 30 percent. The light scared away predators and allowed him to feed his chickens in the evening. He was able to produce 15 more eggs a week from the same flock. [...]

CleanTechnica (25.07.16)

Mobiles Driving Better Utilities Access
The GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities programme (M4D Utilities) released a new report outlining progress in using mobile technology to deliver energy, water and sanitation services to underserved communities. [...]

BusinessWire (26.07.16)

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Dutch Off-Grid Village Concept Gathers Momentum
Senay Boztas - Guardian (12.07.16)

The Africans Buying Sunshine With Their Phones
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Nigeria Will Attain 30,000Mw In 2030 – Fashola
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Villages Need To Be Developed As Complete Unit
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Renewables To Be Primary Energy Source In The Long Run: Bibhuti Pradhan, Iocl
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Kii To Advise Andhra Pradesh On Going “Smart”
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Ncell Signs Up For Minigrid Anchor-Loads In Nepal
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Guam Workshop Promotes Off-Grid Solutions
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Senvion To Supply Wind Turbines For Coober Pedy Off-Grid Hybrid Plant
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Off-Grid Energy Shines In Indian Village
Jo Winterbottom - Reuters (01.08.16)

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