| December 2016 | What's on the Horizon for 2017
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What's on the Horizon for 2017

$1 billion in investment, new national and sub-national regions on the rise, utilities with attitude, jobs––and more jobs––and unheralded collaboration. It's all in our December newsletter, as we look across the horizon at what 2017 has in store for decentralized renewable energy (DRE). Take a look at what, where, and who to watch in the year ahead.

Amina Mohammed, Minister of Environment, Nigeria

  Ones to Watch

No influencer is an island. It takes leadership across the sector to create a movement for change. Here are just a few of the individuals and organizations that will shape the sector next year. Find out who and what to keep an eye on »

Myanmar Hydro Plant

  Frontier Markets: Islands, Eagles, States

The buzz around decentralized renewables has so far mostly been in East Africa and South Asia, i.e., high-flying Kenya and massive India and Bangladesh. 2017 will see growth of DRE into new frontiers. See our picks »

Battery storage American Samoa

  Will 2017 Break the Billion $ Barrier?

There are a billion dollars worth of projects ready to be funded. But are there a billion dollars ready to fund them? If companies build on commercial equity, policy discussions move to policy certainty, and storage storms into the picture... quite possibly. Will 2017 be the year annual investment in DRE tops $1 billion? Learn more »

electrician trained in local rural distribution in Cambodia

  Building a Million-Strong Youth Workforce

Millions of jobs will be created from the growth of DRE –– that is certain. What is less certain is whether a workforce will be trained to fill them. Schneider Electric, which has pledged to train 1 million young people, explains why capacity building is key for 2017. Listen to the Q&A »

Tongolese women holding solar panels

  X-Learning: a 2017 Game Changer

The DRE sector is blessed with some of the most entrepreneurial businesses and engaged policy-makers in the world. But the focus on day-to-day execution often leaves little time for cross-learning (X-learning). Is next year the year that knowledge sharing will blast off? 3-2-1 »

OGE installation - man on ladder

  4 Es: Enter the Utilities

Global utilities E.ON, ENGIE, Enel, and EDF –– which together serve over 100 million customers and employ hundreds of thousands of people –– are getting serious about decentralized energy. Make no mistake: they see it as a strategic business opportunity. How will national policy-makers respond? Find out more »

Man at counter of Mobisol Solar Cafe with TV

  Beyond Lighting: New Year, New Breakthroughs

"This isn’t about giving everybody a lamp", SEforAll head Rachel Kyte recently declared. Indeed, 2017 promises to be the first year when "beyond lighting" solutions start to show their potential with applications for homes, businesses, and agriculture. Learn what's in the pipeline »

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