Tag: World Bank

Developing Nations Build Distributed Energy Solutions

Adoption of solar power and microgrid technologies has been on the rise in frontier and growth markets. This trend results from declining equipment costs and increasing support from development funds, government programs, and impact investors. But there is much room to fill. There are as many as 1.1 billion people around the globe who still don’t have access to a reliable supply of electricity. Microgrids can help address the issue without expensive transmission and distribution infrastructure.

Optimism at the Secretary’s Climate and Clean Energy Investment Forum

The attitude of speakers at the Secretary’s Climate and Clean Energy Investment Forum can be summarized in two words: guarded optimism. A conference hosted jointly by the United States Department of State , Google , and Georgetown University on Oct. 20-21, the forum focused on current and future efforts to funnel investments toward climate solutions.

Green Bond Indices Are Signs of a Rapidly Maturing Market

The green bond market is finally beginning to reach its potential as capital-seeking developers connect with yield-seeking investors at increasing volumes and scales. The launch of numerous green bond indices during the last year is a sign of the market’s growing maturity. These indices are also playing an important role in driving demand for green bonds among institutional investors.

Clean Energy Bond Investors Want a Full Buffet of Options

For the first time, researchers have examined what potential investors want from the United States clean energy bond market. The December 2014 report “What Investors Want: How to Scale-Up Demand for U.S. Clean Energy and Green Bonds” shows investors’ tastes vary widely. Offering a broad menu of options is the best response, the authors recommend.