January 2021 | Top energy access trends for 2021
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Our annual energy access trends forecast is out! 2021 is a critical year on many fronts: food systems, healthcare, economic recovery and job creation, climate action, and much more. Decentralized renewables will have a major role to play in all of them. In our annual energy access trends forecast, we consulted multiple sources and identified what are the market movers that will drive progress in energy access finance, technology, policy and capacity. Read >> 
Podcast: Top trends from Wood Mackenzie

Energy Transition senior research analyst Benjamin Attia singles out COVID recovery, the rise of C&I, demand-driven integrated energy, the return of infrastructure investors and the emergence of a version 2.0 for our sector in his predictions for 2021. Listen >>

Podcast: Top trends from BNEF

Streamlined project licensing, business model diversification, a continued rise of strategics in energy access are just some of the emerging trends for 2021 according to Takehiro Kawahara, head of Frontier Power for Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Listen >>

Media: CNBC Africa trends interview

How Africa meets its growing energy needs is crucial for the continent’s economic and energy future, as well as for global development. CNBC Africa speaks to William Brent, Power for All's Chief Campaign Officer to understand 2021 energy trends and how the Biden administration will shape investments into the sector. Watch >>

Video: Vaccine cold chain solutions

Despite enormous strides in equipping developing countries to maintain the vaccine “cold chain,” nearly 3 billion live where temperature-controlled storage is insufficient for an immunization campaign to bring COVID-19 under control. In this series, partners explain why the world needs innovative solar-powered cold chain for effective vaccine distribution. Watch >>

Action Plan: Clinic solarization in India

Power for All coordinated a mutli-stakeholder coalition of health care and energy sector stakeholders in India to produce a high-level action agenda outlining 10 critical actions needed for India to achieve universal health care powered by distributed clean energy. Details >>

Spotlight: Vaccine cold chain only a first step

Refrigation for vaccines is essential to achieve global equity in the fight against COVID, but to ensure universal health care requires service-based models, a standardized and affordable supply chain of off-grid medical devices, and much great inter-sectoral collaboration to power 10s of thousands of unelectrified clinics. More >>

Campaign update

We supported Energy Catalyst to launch a new online energy access innovation community. In Uganda, we participated in Power Forum 2020 while in India, our team co-hosted the first meeting of the Jharkhand DRE collective. Also, learn how we're engaging with the UN Food Systems Summit & the UN High-level Dialogue on Energy, and participating in the ARE Technology & Innovation Forum. Keep up to date >>

"We must invest in a future of affordable renewable energy for all people, everywhere. Funding needs to flow to renewables, just transition programs, economic diversification plans, green bonds and other instruments that advance sustainability."

- António Guterres, UN Secretary General, January 2021.
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