Small off-grid solar offers big dividends, report finds

first_imgSmall off-grid solar offers big dividends, report finds FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Gogla has released a report showing the positive economic effects of deploying small-scale pay-as-you-go solar systems in off-grid regions. More than half of the survey’s respondents reported having increased economic activity, with many of those starting new businesses or significantly increasing their household income.The data shows that 58% of the households, which had recently installed an off-grid solar system, worked more or developed their enterprises, due to the availability of electricity. Additionally, 36% of the households reportedly ramped up their average income by an additional US$35 per month. In the region in question, this is equivalent to 50% of the average monthly GDP of a household.Furthermore, because of electric lighting, the respondents reported that they could spend 44% more time at work or on chores. Previously, nightfall had prematurely interrupted these activities. This improvement generates income for the households and increases the economic activity of business owners, the report says.The report surveyed 2,300 people from Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. A range of companies delivered small-scale pay-as-you-go solar systems, which comprised a solar panel, battery, LED lighting and potentially other devices, depending on customer needs.Koen Peters, Executive Director of Gogla said, “Gogla’s new report shows that the net economic and social benefits off-grid solar are a huge opportunity for national governments of the developing world. Governments tell us they are interested in jobs and economic impact. As this report shows, off-grid solar is directly delivering such impacts and significantly. We call on policymakers, treasury, and energy departments to work together with off-grid companies, banks, and institutions to break down barriers to off-grid solar and build a pathway to accelerate energy access.”More: Off-grid solar boosts income by 50% of household GDP in Africa – studylast_img read more

United Way of Long Island Luncheon Honors Supporters

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hundreds of people attended the United Way of Long Island’s Live United Celebration Luncheon, where honors were bestowed upon supporters at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury on Thursday.Hosted by Linda Armyn, senior vice president of corporate affairs for Bethpage Federal Credit Union, which sponsored the event, and Paul Fleishman, vice president of public affairs for Newsday, the luncheon celebrated the dedication and support of the organizations and individuals that share the nonprofit group’s vision.“By Living United as one community, we have the power to make dreams possible, and transform the lives of Long Islanders of all ages,” the United Way of Long Island said on its website. “From giving the youngest among us the tools to succeed in school, to helping our hardworking neighbors achieve financial independence, and encouraging everyone to lead a healthy lifestyle—we are energizing the future of our region for generations to come.”The event began with a networking hour and the opportunity to win top-tier items and experiences before a formal lunch and program highlighting the work of their honorees and partners. Honorees included Katherine Heaviside, president of Epoch 5 Public Relations, who was named the Anthony J. Stupore Memorial Live United Volunteer Champion, awarded to those with a “distinguished history of volunteer service and a profound commitment to fulfilling United Way of Long Island’s mission of advancing the common good.”PSEG Long Island was named Corporate Champion for “their ability to mobilize and enhance the community. They embody the action of give, advocate and volunteer.”Also honored was TWU 252, which received the Elena M. Perez Memorial Live United Pioneer Vision award for demonstrating “an innovative approach to philanthropy and long-term commitment to creating a better future for all Long Islanders.”The event was sponsored by Astoria Bank, Bank of America, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Citi Community Development, Fortunoff, Island Outreach Foundation, Magnacare, NawrockiSmith, Newsday, Deloitte, IBEW Local 25, IBEW Local 1049, Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc., Main Street Financial Group, Northwell Health, Safelite Autoglass, Santander Bank, Thomas & Liza GIlmartin, Thomas N. Gilmartin, President/TriState Capital Bank and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.From left to right: Dr. David Gates, Village of Hempstead, Elena Dundon, Local 338, Pat Edwards, Citi Community Development and Whyett Benn, Citi (Photo by David Goldberg).From left to right: Richard Brandenstein, Fusco, Branderstein & Rada P.C., Ellen Redmond, IBEW Third District and Erin McCabe, Fusco, Branderstein & Rada P.C (Photo by David Goldberg).From left to right: Matt Croce, Enterprise, Janelle Prudfoot, Enterprise, Anthony Bellina, Enterprise, Henry Hong, Enterprise, Ashley Lazo, Enterprise and Vinny Fallacaro, Enterprise (Photo by David Goldberg).From left to right: Elizabeth August, Howard Dickstein, Stephanie Verdone, Dillon Topal and Sara Pace, all of GEICO (Photo by David Goldberg).From left to right: Delores Frederick, EPIC Long Island,/South Shore Child Guidance and Dr. Kishore Kuncham, Freeport Public Schools (Photo by David Goldberg).From left to right: Humera Qazi and Caitlin Ziegler, both of KPMG LLC (Photo by David Goldberg).From left to right: Rick Wertheim, United Way of Long Island,l Deb Wertheim, United Way of Long Island and Matthew P. Benazzi, East Coast Electric (Photo by David Goldberg).From left to right: Kathleen Caputi, Epoch 5 Public Relations, Cathy DeAngelo, Jefferson’s Ferry and Lynn Bishop, Epoch 5 Public Relations (Photo by David Goldberg).From left to right: Diane Traynor, YMCA of Long Island, Theresa Regnante, United Way of Long Island, Anne Brigis, YMCA of Long Island and Juan Vides, Tech ACS/Bethpage Federal Credit Union (Photo by David Goldberg).From left to right: Howard Dickstein, GEICO, Eric Schonhoff, Enterprise and Todd Stockton, Enterprise (Photo by David Goldberg).From left to right: GEICO Volunteers Armghan Chaudhry, Claudia Gordon, Deja Alexis and Nicole Stringer (Photo by David Goldberg).From left to right: Lauren Tschinckel, Deloitte, Rosemary Muscali, LIVE and Sandra Viola, Deloitte (Photo by David Goldberg).From left to right: Brian O’Sullivan, Jessica Larsen-Abate, Neal Galloway, Luis Mercado, TWU, Robert Itchcow and Tom Callogy of TWU Local 252 (Photo by David Goldberg).From left to right: Cathy de Pasquale, Flushing Bank and Patricia Tiffany, Flushing Bank (Photo by David Goldberg).From left to right: Jan Barbieri, Child Care Council of Nassau, Inc. and Melissa Passarelli, Docs for Tots (Photo by David Goldberg).From left to right: Mary McNamara and Nicole Zerillo of AHRC Nassau (Photo by David Goldberg).From left to right: Dave Daly, Karen Kemp Smith and Jeff Weir of PSEG Long Island (Photo by David Goldberg).From left to right: Linda Leonard and Fran Karliner of Long Island Crisis Center (Photo by David Goldberg).From left to right: Tim Juliano, Astoria Bank, Michael Rosenbaum, Berdon LLP and Robert Ward, Merrill Lynch (Photo by David Goldberg).From left to right: Mary Flaiban, TWU 252, Michael Riordan, Suffolk Transportation Service, Terry Hind, TWU 252 and Terry O’Halloran, Suffolk Transportation Service (Photo by David Goldberg).From left to right: Kevin Harvey, IBEW Local 25, Victoria Schneps-Yunis, Schneps Communications, Dr. Kishore Kuncham, Freeport Public Schools and John Guadagno, IBEW Local 25 (Photo by David Goldberg).From left to right: Nancy Leghart, Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation, Tor Cohen, Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation, Jenifer Cona, Esq., Genser Dubow Genser & Cona LLP and Melissa Negrin-Wiener, Esq., Genser Dubow Genser & Cona LLP (Photo by David Goldberg).From left to right: Rosemary Olsen, Village of Hempstead Housing Authority, Ellen Redmond, IBEW, Third District and Cara Longworth, Empire State Development Corp. (Photo by David Goldberg).From left to right: Anne Buda, Angels for Warriors, David Calone, Jove Equity Partners LLC and Rogerlyn Velez Esq., Angels for Warriors (Photo by David Goldberg).From left to right: Epoch 5, Katherine Heaviside, Pat Edwards, Citi Community Development and Merrill Zorn, Zorn’s of Bethpage (Photo by David Goldberg).last_img read more

COVID-19: Riot breaks out in North Sulawesi prison amid virus fears

first_img“The inmates have been on edge because of COVID-19. We released 115 convicts yesterday, while the remaining 435 inmates were to stay in prison,” Lumaksono said.““These remaining inmates had also asked for parole because they were scared of [the pandemic].”Read also: COVID-19: Indonesia releases more than 5,500 inmates, plans to free 50,000As of Sunday, North Sulawesi had recorded at least 17 confirmed COVID-19 cases and two deaths caused by the disease. A riot broke out at Manado Penitentiary in North Sulawesi, allegedly triggered by visitation restrictions and early release of inmates amid COVID-19 concerns, culminating in a massive fire that razed parts of the prison complex on Saturday afternoon.A propane tank inside the prison appeared to have been ruptured by an as-yet-unidentified party at around 4:30 p.m. local time, resulting in the blaze that went on to damage some of the building’s vital infrastructures. Several areas in the correctional facility were still on fire hours later at 8:30 p.m.Lumaksono, the head of the Law and Human Rights Ministry office in North Sulawesi, confirmed that a riot had taken place at the penitentiary. Prison warden Sulistyo Ariwibowo remained tight-lipped as to what caused the unrest. Other members of the local police force who were at the scene to apprehend those involved in the riot are also yet to have any conclusive answer.“We have yet to learn the exact cause [of the incident]. Right now, members of the local police force and mobile brigade are securing the premises,” said Manado Police chief Sr. Comr. Benny Bawensel.Rumors have since circulated that the riot was incited by a number of drug convicts who had been complaining about the alleged restriction of their visitation privileges. The prison management had purportedly limited prison visits to prevent the distribution of illicit drugs in the building.Speculation was also rife that the incident was triggered by several inmates who envied their fellow inmates who were granted early release due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The remaining inmates had reportedly thrown rocks at a number of prison guards to convey their disappointment.Read also: Jokowi against releasing graft convicts amid COVID-19 pandemicNorth Sulawesi Police chief Sr. Comr. Jules Abast said the police had cooperated with the prison management to investigate the cause of the unrest. Police personnel had since regained control of the building, according to him.“The situation has returned [to normal],” Jules said, adding that around 400 inmates had been accounted for following the riot.He went on to say that several inmates and police personnel who sustained injuries during the conflict had also been evacuated.Parts of the prison that were damaged in the fire included cell blocks for graft and drug convicts, a polyclinic, cafeteria, and workshop, acting director general of corrections at the Law and Human Rights Ministry, Nugroho, said.Hundreds of the remaining inmates had since been transferred to several other correctional facilities across North Sulawesi, he said.“As many as 137 inmates have been transferred to other facilities across the province – 32 were transferred to Bitung Penitentiary, 34 to Tondano Penitentiary, 30 to Amurang Penitentiary, and 41 to the North Sulawesi Police headquarters,” Nugroho said in a statement on Sunday, adding that there were currently 295 remaining inmates at Manado Penitentiary.Tejo Harwanto, the directorate general’s order and security division head, went on to say that 41 inmates – including 18 suspects – had been apprehended.“We will further question them,” Tejo said. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more