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Best-case scenario for Puerto Rico’s 2030 electricity infrastructure

2030 Solar, minigrids and battery storage change the game for 21st century infrastructure Photo by Dina Lydia on Unsplash (with Adrienne Day) Way back in 2017, Puerto Rico’s electric grid was a mess. A dozen years later: the island has universal, abundant, clean and cheap electricity. While devastated in the short term, Puerto Ricans turned Hurricane Maria

Replication is Connovo’s innovation for improving education in Mexico

When a child in Mexico gets a head start at a high-quality, company-funded preschool, parents aren’t likely to care that the model for the Hipocampus learning centers has been borrowed from India. “We believe if you do social enterprise, you are here to solve problems. It doesn’t matter if it’s your idea,” says Nicolas Demeilliers, co-founder

J.P. Morgan adds D.C. to its urban-renewal roster

The bank is committing $10 million over the next three years to the U.S. capital’s economically challenged Southeast quadrant. The investment will focus on two of the District’s poorest eight wards, where incomes are falling and poverty rates are rising in spite of the city’s overall economic improvement. Half of J.P. Morgan’s investment will go

responsAbility backs Egyptian electronic-payments company Fawry

PC: Wamda Fawry works with banks and small-shop owners to make it easier for consumers to pay bills or buy mobile airtime in a country where getting around and bureaucratic hassles are daily challenges. It has also expanded into mobile payments in light of Egypt’s high mobile penetration rate. Swiss investment firm responsAbility has made

Filling the education funding gap in India

260 million students in 1.5 million schools. Welcome to India, home to one of the most complex education systems in the world. India has attained near universal primary education –only 3% of students don’t attend grades one through eight. Yet one in four lack access to early education and only 64% successfully transition to secondary school.

Bamboo Capital backs ComparaOnline to connect Latin American customers with insurance

Inclusive Economics The firm operates in Chile, Brazil and Colombia, with one million active users per month The ComparaOnline team | Photocredit: TechCrunch ComparaOnline, a South American financial services and insurance comparison site, launched in 2009 to help consumers compare options for car and travel insurance, consumer loans, and credit cards. It operates in Chile, Brazil and

Big Society Capital backs UK housing innovation competition

U.K. National Housing Federation, a nonprofit that advocates for better neighborhood housing, is looking for new ideas for how low-cost public and private housing associations can better respond to community challenges. The competition is backed with £15 million ($20 million) from Big Society Capital. Other impact investors are supporting efforts to improve the U.K.’s low-income housing