wPOWER Newsletter: July 2018
Networking and Business Linkages Top Priority for Women Entrepreneurs
Women entrepreneurs in clean energy desire for more opportunities to network and benefit from business linkages in order to grow their businesses. These findings are highlighted in a recently published wPOWER photo narrative and were based on an evaluation of expectations of women entrepreneurs who attended the peer-to-peer networking event hosted by wPOWER and Energy 4 Impact. Other needs as expressed by the entrepreneurs are improved market strategies, access to new markets, empowerment and mentorship and access to quality products. Read the photo narrative here
Key Lessons Learned in Training Women in Clean Energy Entrepreneurship
wPOWER run a social media campaign in July 2018, on how sector players can empower women's involvement in clean energy entrepreneurship. These key lessons were identified during wPOWER Hub's training of over 300 women across 7 regions in Kenya. The lessons include adopting a specific selection criteria, training entrepreneurs in business skills, supporting access to capital, developing a mentorship program, encouraging peer learning and networking and structuring last mile distribution models. Read more on wPOWER's journey and the lessons learned along the way.
Global Cooling Access Gap Takes Center Stage at UN High-Level Political Forum
Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) launched a new report Chilling Prospects: Providing Sustainable Cooling for All , at the UN. Discussions at the UN High-Level Political Forum were based on the emerging global challenge of providing sustainable cooling solutions for all in a warming world. The event brought together government ministers and a panel of global experts from the Cooling for All initiative to discuss new research and possible solutions to increase access to cooling solutions. Read more here.
Women Record Success at LivelyHoods
wPOWER partner, LivelyHoods, has trained 1,600 women in sales, marketing, professional and personal development skills, preparing them to be confident, successful sales agents of clean energy products. To date, 14,000 clean energy products have been sold by women at LivelyHoods. Read more on the success of women sales agents at LivelyHoods.
Reaching the Last-Mile Needs More than Financing and Technology; It Needs Local Women
By Fid Thompson
T here are bright prospects ahead for renewable energy access on the African continent. Solar technology is increasingly affordable and durable, and diverse global actors are unifying to push for more and better financing of clean energy distribution. Read more on why investment in local human capacity and specifically in women’s enterprise is vital.
Sustainable Energy for All Goal is Woefully Off Track. Here’s How We Fix It
By Ruth Valerio
The world is off track on Sustainable Development Goal 7, whose focus is - ensuring that everyone has affordable, sustainable and modern energy by 2030 . Just 1% of funding for energy access goes to decentralised energy. Governments, donors and multilateral development banks must step up the pace and increase investments in renewable energy for more people especially those living in poverty, to access clean energy. This is the only hope for delivery of SDG7. Read more here.
Why Are Top Companies Pushing for 100 Percent Renewable Energy?
By Dexter Galvin
A key development in recent years has been the growing number of companies setting science-based targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions. These are goals that commit firms to reduce their emissions in line with the decarbonization rate required by the landmark and global Paris Agreement. Read more here .
Chilling Prospects: Providing Sustainable Cooling for All Report
The Chilling Prospects report, produced in partnership with the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP), is the first to explore how access to cooling determines people’s life chances, health outcomes and overall productivity. It also assesses the vast economic opportunities of the global cooling challenge and the imperative of providing sustainable cooling solutions that protect the climate. Chilling Prospects shows that over 1.1 billion people globally face immediate risks from lack of access to cooling, including;
  • 470 million people in poor rural areas without access to safe food and medicines due to a lack of electricity and refrigeration;
  • 630 million people in hotter, poor urban slums with little or no access to cooling to protect them due to unavailable, intermittent or too expensive electricity.
Where to Invest in Renewables in sub-Saharan Africa
This white paper is a market analysis of the 49 Sub-Saharan African countries (SSA), to assess each country’s proficiency in attracting renewable energy investments, especially for wind power and solar PV. In the analysis, all the relevant parameters were taken into account such as the electricity demand growth, the political stability, the renewable resources availability and the regulatory framework. Based on the analysis countries were ranked into two different ranks, for wind power and solar PV respectively. The top 10 Sub-Saharan countries that are more likely to attract profitable investments for foreign energy companies have been listed. Download the white paper here.
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About the Partnership on Women's Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER)
Partnership on Women's Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER) was established by the U.S Department of State in January 2013. wPOWER is promoting the central role of women in clean energy entrepreneurship, and in addressing climate change.

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