Cloud Solar is a solar energy monitoring, control and payment system comprising newly developed hardware, advanced communications technology and a cross-platform management dashboard. It is built for use by solar energy providers, allowing them to offer flexible payment options to their users, including pay-as-you-go, which lower barriers to accessing solar energy. It allows providers to monitor and control their systems remotely. The hardware has a modular design, cutting costs for users, who can create their own system depending on where their clients are, how connected they are and what their payment plan is.

It was developed in 2016 and is set for trials in Chile before being brought to market in 2017.

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Urjaa Samadhan is a mobile and web platform that utilises SMS and missed-call gateway, to gather service requests from poor and remote users of solar-pv products. Users in need of a new product, or a repair can place a missed call or SMS to our dedicated number and our system does the rest; routing the request to a local service person who in connected in to the national market for spares and repairs. Urjaa Samadhan is pioneering the use of ICT in the solar repair sector, which is generally a very low-tech and ad-hoc environment.

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2.7 billion people live without access to clean cooking fuels. The biogas sector provides less harmful, more readily available and more economic renewable energy compared to burning wood. As more biogas plants are installed it becomes increasingly hard to monitor function, provide maintenance and inform users on how best to use them. This results in decreasing efficiency and ultimately breakdowns. Biogas plants fall into disrepair and users return to burning biomass.

Our low-cost monitoring system spots faulty biogas plants in real-time. It connects owners with support and local technicians able to provide advice and facilitate repairs.

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Energy Archipelago is a long running project, started in 2012 that aims to map the community energy movement around the world, allowing comparison and learning between communities and countries. The platform is user-led, with data provided by hundreds of community volunteers.

We track news coverage, technology trends and compare market statistics across regions.

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