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Acceso a electricidad en zonas remotas de Perú: el caso de ACCIONA Micro Energía

By Irani Arraiz

Instalación de paneles solares. Acciona Microenergía Peru

¿Qué alternativas tenemos si queremos proveer acceso a electricidad a familias muy pobres en zonas remotas y de difícil acceso? Sabemos que si el costo de llegar a comunidades distantes excede cierto umbral, es más económico usar fuentes off-grid como mini-redes servidas por mini-centrales hidráulicas, generadores a diésel, o sistemas fotovoltaicos (comunitarios o domiciliares).  Pero incluso estas tecnologías siguen siendo costosas y fuera del alcance de muchas de estas familias.

Clean energy investment and policies: 2014 Climatescope results

By Michael Hofmann

 
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Clean energy has been a key driver of the transformation of the global energy system. Between 2006 and 2013, Latin America and the Caribbean attracted a cumulative US$132bn for renewable energy sources, namely biofuels, biomass, geothermal, solar, small hydro and wind. This significant investment has benefitted countries’ clean energy value chains and has made an important contribution to the region’s low-carbon economic development, energy security, and poverty reduction. 



Clean energy investment in emerging markets

By Guest

 

By Olaf Veerman, FLIPSIDE Founder

The clean energy sector in emerging markets shows great potential to attract investment. Information is key to make good decisions and investors need quality data on issues like a country’s legal framework, the availability of financing opportunities, or the presence of local value chains. The Climatescope 2014 - launched today - is both a report and tool that provides investors, entrepreneurs and policy makers with information that guides them in their decision making process.

Microfinanzas, pequeños agricultores y cambio climático ¿Cuál es la relación?

By Alma García

La Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), estima que por efectos de cambio climático, el PIB agrícola se reducirá en algunos países de América Latina y el Caribe entre 3% y 17% hacia fines de siglo. Pero no hay que esperar 100 años, el cambio climático en  la región a es una realidad. Las lluvias en el sureste sudamericano se han visto incrementadas, causando inundaciones y erosión; en el oeste de Centroamérica y el suroeste de Sudamérica ha disminuido el nivel de precipitaciones y aumentado las sequías; y los glaciares de los Andes tropicales se reducen. 

Private sector finance for the communities most impacted by climate change

By Carrie McKellogg

  

To date, many of the important discussions about climate change have focused on national level challenges - strengthening national government departments, building climate smart infrastructure, setting national GHG emissions targets - which are critical given the magnitude of the climate challenge. But here at the MIF we view climate change from the lens of our clients: small firms and farms, and poor and low income families. Our challenge is to translate global and national conversations to the individual communities by providing training and finance for clean and efficient energy, making communities more resilient and identifying new business opportunities. 

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