Current News

Sunlabob brings rural renewable energy perspective to World Future Energy Summit

As part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the Middle East’s largest gathering about renewable energy, water scarcity and sustainable development, Sunlabob participated in several of the week’s events, bringing a unique on-the-ground view of renewable energy development in rural, remote areas of the world.

Sunlabob spoke on two panel discussions within the World Future Energy Summit, a conference and exhibition now in its seventh year attracting more than 20,000 business, civic and political leaders from around the globe to the United Arab Emirates to focus on clean technology and renewable energy issues. The week’s events also attracted six presidents, three prime ministers, 67 ministers and the heads of 144 international delegations.

Evan Scandling, Sunlabob’s head of communications, contributed to the “Rural Future Energy Landscapes” panel to discuss the challenges, successes and future of rural electrification as well as the ingredients for meeting the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) target of universal energy access by 2030.

The discussion was moderated by the United Nations Foundation’s Executive Director Energy and Climate Change, Richenda Van Leeuwen; other participants alongside Scandling included executives from the Alliance for Rural Electrification, Vestas Wind Systems, G.R.I.D. and D.light.

“Experts indicate that at least 55 percent of all new energy between now and 2030 will need to be achieved through off-grid, decentralized energy solutions in the form of mini-grids and standalone systems,” noted Scandling. “The discussion provided a valuable dialogue of how that ‘55 percent’ can be reached effectively and sustainably.”

Sunlabob was also invited to speak on a panel discussion reviewing “Wind for Prosperity”, an initiative recently launched by Vestas Wind Systems and Masdar that is focused on a commercial model for rural electrification utilizing refurbished wind turbines in existing mini-grids throughout the developing world.

Scandling weighed in on the challenges and opportunities of developing renewable energy in rural, oftentimes low-income areas of the world. He joined executives from Vestas Wind Systems, Masdar, the Carbon War Room and the International Renewable Energy Agency on the panel, which was introduced by Kandeh Yumkella, Chairman of United Nations Energy.

Sunlabob next will be participating in the Myanmar Power & Electricity Summit on Monday, January 27th in Yangon to discuss the role of renewable energy mini-grids in the electrification of Myanmar.