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Case Study of XacBank's Energy Efficient Product Distribution Program

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia is the coldest capital city in the world. During blistering, eightmonth winters, households meet their heating needs by burning coal in traditional stoves. As a result, the city also ranks as one of the most polluted urban areas on the planet. In 2009, XacBank, Mongolia’s largest microfinance institution (MFI), made a commitment to address this public health threat head-on. To date, XacBank has facilitated the ownership of over 80,000 efficient heating stoves and insulation blankets in Ulaanbaatar’s Ger District.

Furthering clean energy access through pay-as-you-go technology

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Publication
Publication date: 
Tuesday, January 1, 2013

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The high upfront cost of solar products is a major barrier to the widespread adoption of decentralized clean energy solutions in the developing world. Microfinance loans typically are not available for assets of this kind because of their high servicing costs. As a result manufacturers strip functionality and durability from their products to bring down the upfront price resulting in low-quality units with low light output and no phone charging.

Fuel barter model for biomass power generation in India

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Publication
Publication date: 
Tuesday, January 1, 2013

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In India many biomass power plants have only a patchy supply of fuel at a competitive cost as agricultural waste is available only for a short period of time around the harvesting season. At the same time many farmers simply burn the crop residues for quick preparation of the fields for the next crop creating serious local pollution. In either case the project owner has to construct huge storage capacity and deal with the fluctuations in the price of biomass.

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