A REEEP-supported initiative is bringing solar-powered reading lamps to rural Peru, providing an affordable, clean alternative to polluting, dangerous, and expensive forms of lighting such as diesel lamps. The key to the project—called “Digital Diesel: Pay As You Go Financing for Solar Energy in Rural Peru”—is a cellphone app that allows users to buy the lamp via small weekly payments.
This workshop, held from 29-30 April 2014, was the first in a series that provides input to the How2Guide for Bioenergy – a manual for policy and decision makers for the development and implementation of bioenergy technology roadmaps that are tailored to national frameworks, resources and capacities.
The Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a UK-based independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues, just published an interesting paper investigating how Multilateral Climate Funds (MCFs) mobilise private investment.
Through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of the United States provides funding to the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN), a programme hosted by UNIDO and REEEP.
Previously, the U.S. Department of State, through the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, funded the creation of a Compendium of U.S. Best Practices, a guidebook of best practices in renewable energy from the state and city level in the United States.
What does the reegle Tagging API actually do?
The reegle Tagging API (application programming interface) offers two core services to organisations that publish online resources relating to climate and clean energy:
Automated tagging of documents covering renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate relevant subjects
Suggestion of related documents from the rapidly growing content pool of items already indexed using the service
Automated tagging ensures that content is classified in a consistent way, which helps the end-user find the resources he or she is looking for. The suggestion of related documents helps to cover more angles of a given topic and can enrich your website's offering.
Important to know
Use of the reegle Tagging API is completely free of charge.
The reegle Tagging API can be used to index original content in five different languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and German.
The API returns the formats RDF/XML and JSON.
To test its functionality on a block of text you provide yourself, try the demo at api.reegle.info/try
To see how others have incorporated the reegle Tagging API into their information services, check out the examples at api.reegle.info/usecases
On the site, web developers can register to get a free API key for each project, with no limit on the number of keys. When logged in, the dashboard includes a request builder to help developers to build the necessary code.
Ask us at api [at] reegle.info
A collaborative project
The reegle Tagging API is a collaborative project led by REEEP (which manages the most widely-used free clean energy information portal,reegle.info), with three contributing partners: OpenEI, weADAPT and IDS/Eldis, and was made possible by support from the CDKN Innovation Fund.
In REEEP's 5th, 6th and 7th funding rounds, the Government of Italy funded a range of projects targeting the North African region via the Mediterranean Renewable Energy Centre (MEDREC) initiative of the Ministry of Environment and Territory.
From 2008-9 to 2010-11, Environment Canada funded REEEP activities in connection with the Energy Efficiency Coalition, which among other things fostered the creation of a roadmap for energy efficiency in buildings in Mexico.