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Exploring Opportunities for PAYG Solar as a Driver of Financial Inclusion

26 September 2017

9:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time | 3:30 p.m. Central European Summer Time

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The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with UN Foundation’s Energy Access Practitioner Network and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is hosting a no-cost webinar that will highlight the opportunities for Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) solar to be a driver of mobile money adoption and introduce a new tool to guide rapid market assessments. This webinar is the second in the UN Foundation’s finance-focused webinar series, which highlights financing challenges and solutions at the cutting edge of the energy access sector.

This webinar will examine the key factors of a potential PAYG market that may indicate an opportunity to advance both access to energy and financial inclusion. The webinar will highlight the newly developed Rapid Assessment Framework, which identifies key features of the mobile and energy infrastructure for supporting PAYG solar and mobile money adoption.


Jem Porcaro, Senior Director, Energy Access, United Nations Foundation

Daniel Waldron, Digital Finance Specialist, Consultative Group to Aid the Poor (CGAP)

Amy Paul and Craig Jolley, Strategy & Research Advisors, USAID Global Development Lab

Simone Vaccari, Ghana Country Manager, PEG Ghana

Off-Grid Appliance B2B Networking Event

Marriott Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda 28th and 29th September, 2017


This event is free of charge. RSVP online:  Spaces are limited. Interested attendees should RSVP as soon as possible.


The global market for off-grid appliances is poised for rapid, significant growth. By 2020, the market for three of the most promising off-grid appliances - fans, televisions, and refrigerators - has the potential to reach $4.7B per year. The Global LEAP Off-Grid Appliance Procurement Incentives program accelerates the global off-grid appliance market by incentivizing appliance manufacturers and off-grid solar distributors to partner to distribute large quantities of winning and finalist products from the Global LEAP Outstanding Off-Grid Appliance Awards (Global LEAP Awards). The program’s second round will be open to companies in Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Rwanda that distribute winning and finalist products from the 2015-16 and 2016-17 Global LEAP Awards for outstanding off-grid refrigerators, televisions (TVs), and fans. Interested solar distributors must submit an Expression of Interest ( to participate in the program.

Performance-Based Regulation: The Power of Outcomes

5 October 2017

10:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time | 4:00 p.m. Central European Summer Time

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The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), is hosting a no-cost webinar on performance-based regulation (PBR).

Advanced technologies are unleashing the potential for change in power sectors around the globe, transforming the way electricity is generated, delivered, and consumed. These changes hold great promise for a better, cleaner, more reliable and lower cost future. Whether the benefits are achieved will depend on reforming the regulatory approaches to align incentives with desired outcomes.

In this second webinar on, RAP will explore principles of successful—and not-so-successful—PBR efforts, and will lay out considerations for regulators and policymakers who want to take advantage of PBR for better outcomes.

10 Oct 2017 12 Oct 2017

RE-Source 2017

RE-Source 2017
This 2-day event will bring together a range of multinational corporations, renewable energy developers and senior decision-makers to raise awareness, exchange information and facilitate connections in order to rapidly increase the procurement of renewable power. Main topics include: 

- Costs, prices and the business case

- Main challenges and barriers

- Opportunities for SMEs

- Legal and finance

- Policy recommendations and best practices

- Corporate sourcing index

The event is part of the CEM's Corporate Sourcing of Renewables campaign.

Registration is now open.

Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum

The Clean Energy Solutions Center will host an exhibit during the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum 2017 (CREF) that will take place in Miami, Florida on October 18-20, 2017.  The CREF is the largest annual gathering of the regional energy market. Solutions Center staff will be available to answer attendees’ questions about the Ask an Expert service and other resource offerings, as well as meet one-on-one with government representatives and policy makers to discuss clean energy policy and program needs. To learn more, you may view the CREF 2017 agenda here.

We are delighted to announce that we have negotiated a 15% discount to attend CREF 2017. Just enter the following discount code: CREF17CES on the final registration page. For more information and to register, please visit the CREF 2017 website.

E-Course: Renewable Energy Sources in Electricity Markets


Renewable Energy Sources in Electricity Markets: Goals And Conditions For Providing Sustainable Development 

The Clean Energy Solutions Center, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, has developed a no-cost e-learning course to introduce a range of renewable energy topics, in partnership with the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Energy Working Group and Leonardo Energy. The course is available to anyone via the Leonardo Energy website

The course comprises four modules that cover renewable energy technologies, including power-generation technologies and integrating renewable energy into the power grid; economic regulation of electric utilities, which includes the economics of renewable energy, wholesale power markets, and power system development; policy and regulatory frameworks, with information on renewable energy strategies and policies, feed-in tariff and other support mechanisms, and conditions for success; and energy access through renewable energy.