Pollinate Energy and Empower Generation merge to scale energy access

  • Realistic impact… Empower Generation and Pollinate Energy together aim to reach one million people by 2020, particularly women and girls.
  • The gritty details… The two organizations have merged their boards. Empower will help Pollinate recruit and train women. Pollinate will help Empower professionalize its sales and reporting processes.

Spain’s BBVA bank leads $400 million green loan for Mexican wind farms

  • Capitalizing on wind… Mexico is in a clean energy boom, with 4-gigawatts of installed wind capacity in place and another 1.1-gigawatts projected for 2018.
  • Impact watch… While key to sustainable energy generation, wind farm development can also displace local populations.

Sizing the mini-grid opportunity in Africa for impact… and investment

  • African mini-grid finance... The top five mini-grid developers in Africa raised less than $100 million between 2012 and 2017, according to Crunchbase.
  • European utilities… In addition to Engie, major European utilities and multinationals are ramping up their mini-grid investments as well.