Crowdfinancing the Paris Agreement: how citizens can get involved in COP23

Crowdfinancing the Paris Agreement: how citizens can get involved in COP23

Since COP21 in Paris two years ago, renewable energy and its importance in mitigating climate change has really hit the mainstream. In the past, however, renewable energy was still niche and investments into renewables were ridiculed. Many investors thought of such investments as merely greenwashing, or that at best they would allow investors to feel they were ‘doing the right thing’. That has changed dramatically: investments in renewable energy are not only sustainable and protect the environment, but are also lucrative. So lucrative, that Shell has invested 1.7 billion US dollars into a new unit of the company that will specialise in renewable…

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Intersolar 2017: a signal for change in solar financing

Intersolar 2017: a signal for change in solar financing

Intersolar Europe 2017 had a lot to offer its attendees. With 8 halls full of exhibitors, a wander round the exhibition uncovered the newest innovations and the biggest brands, industry talks and even live Bavarian music. Furthermore, the extensive conference program showcased the ideas and trends shaping the solar industry today. ecoligo’s founders Martin Baart and Markus Schwaninger, both speakers at the event, share their insights. The time of subsidies is over Many in the solar industry realise they must enter markets where sustainable subsidy-free business models are possible. In the past, the industry has been running from one market…

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How alternative finance will accelerate the Energy Transition

How alternative finance will accelerate the Energy Transition

Want to be part of the solution? Right now, you can invest in solar projects for businesses in Kenya and the Philippines on the crowdinvesting platform ecoligo.investments. Investments start at 500€ and not only provide attractive returns, but save CO2 emissions and support the local economy. Solar power is taking off – and has been for a while. Prices are dropping, batteries are improving and people are embracing photovoltaic systems as an attractive energy solution. In Germany, where roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) systems have been popularized by a feed-in tariff, solar has contributed greatly to the Energy Transition. However, in developing countries – where…

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Clean Energy Summit Africa – an insider’s view

Clean Energy Summit Africa – an insider’s view

Energy challenges, future technologies and developing markets: a few of the topics energy experts gathered at the Clean Energy Summit: Africa last month to discuss. Held in Accra, Ghana on the 4th and 5th of April, the event brought international companies, local developers and governing bodies together to debate the shape and direction of Africa’s renewable energy landscape today. We spoke with ecoligo CEO, Martin Baart, to find out more. Who attended the conference? What were the big ideas? Bringing together energy insiders from around the globe, a key virtue of the Clean Energy Summit was the insight it gave…

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Solar isn’t just good for industry and commerce – it’s necessary

Solar isn’t just good for industry and commerce – it’s necessary

  Want to be part of the solution? Right now, you can invest in solar projects for businesses in Ghana and the Philippines on the crowdinvesting platform ecoligo.investments. Investments not only provide attractive returns, but save CO2 emissions and support the local economy. For many, the idea of solar systems in developing countries conjures up images of solar panels on clay houses. While the work of solar utilities who power to off-grid homes and villages is important, the economic potential of solar for businesses is often overlooked. Solar systems on industrial facilities and offices have the power to improve the electricity supply, increase…

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Kenya: the powerhouse of East Africa

Kenya: the powerhouse of East Africa

Thinking of Kenya, a lot of people have a very clear image: dusty, unpaved roads through a vast savannah, passing clay huts and a population living in poverty. A growing economy and infrastructure Unfortunately this image is drawn by prejudices. By now, Kenya is a fast growing economic power in East Africa, which is why the economy grew in 2015 by approx. 6%. This growth let Kenya rise to third place in an overall African and Asian context, just behind China and the Philippines. Furthermore, the average gross domestic income of 1,160 USD is above the World Bank’s threshold for middle income countries….

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