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Wednesday, July 09, 2003
World Bank loans US$16million for rural power (May 20, 2003)
: "The World Bank Group approved a $12 million zero-interest credit to finance the off-grid electrification of impoverished rural areas in Nicaragua. The Board also announced that the Bank will administer a $4 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to support the Off-grid Rural Electrification (PERZA) Project. The project will generate and distribute electrical power in areas not reached by the existing grid, and where grid extensions are not economically viable at present. Some 16,000 households in isolated, rural communities in the Central and Atlantic regions of Nicaragua will have electric light and power for the first time. .. The US$4 million GEF grant complements financing from the Government of Nicaragua and contributions from private operators and electricity users. The total cost of the project is US$23 million. Among others, the project will support a national credit line for Solar Home System (SHS), which are the least cost alternative for electricity provision to a majority of the disperse, mostly indigenous, population along the Northern Atlantic Coast, a region that lacks other sources of energy and has been overlooked by past RE efforts. " 3:44:39 PM
Solar Rural Telephony in Tibet
: There will be "satellite-connected public payphones in more than 1,300 Tibetan villages by the end of 2003. Kyocera is working with Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. to provide the systems to China Telecom Tibet. Approximately 3,500 Kyocera KC-80 photovoltaic modules will be used to power the systems, which will vary in size from 240 watts to 1,200 watts, depending on individual requirements. Kyocera Solar and Gilat have been providing solar-powered communications systems to China since 1998, when more than 1,000 systems were delivered to Xinjiang Province. " 3:41:52 PM
: Canadian maker of unlisenced 900 Mhz non-line-of-sight wireless gear. For example, the LMS4000
has "Over-the-air data rate of 2.75 Mbps and access speeds of up to 2.0 Mbps; Operates in the 902 - 928 MHz license-exempt ISM frequency bands; Range of up to 2 miles with indoor antenna, up to 25 miles (40 km) with outdoor antenna." 2:34:17 PM
sells wifi "switches" that use phased array antenna technology to extend the reach of wifi to 1 km indoors and 4 km outdoors. A typical unit is flat, 1m x 1.5m, $9000 indoors and $14000 outdoors. "Subscriber" equipment is ordinary wifi. In June 2003, they raised an additional $45m from VCs. 2:24:30 PM