It’s time to change our definition of ‘real’ energy in developing countries

Many of us have long argued for the rapid scale-up of off-grid, pay-as-you-go solar as a faster way to deliver energy and financial services to those without access to the grid or traditional banking. In January, Katherine Wolfram, a business professor at the University of California, Berkeley, argued that this model does not deliver “real” kilowatt-hours comparable in quality or price to the …

First peer-to-peer solar network forms in Brooklyn, NY

Cross-posted from SustainableBusiness.com  Have you ever thought of this possibility? You have too much shade on your roof for solar panels, but your neighbors have plenty of sun, producing more than they need.  Why not buy electricity from their solar arrays instead of from the grid? A new microgrid network in Brooklyn, New York is doing exactly that, developing a …