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As prices fall and technological breakthroughs solve problems, solar energy is scaling up around the world. Can it happen fast enough to hold the line on climate change, and what are the barriers?

Schools go solar as India's West Bengal reaches for green goals Moushumi Basu
Can solar fridges help deliver a COVID-19 vaccine to Africans? Peyton Fleming
Singapore gets creative with solar in clean energy push Rina Chandran
Invest in clean energy to tackle COVID jobs crisis, climate change Roli Srivastava
Solar lights help Kenyan women escape sex-for-fish trap Kagondu Njagi
India's 'Solar Man' lights path out of poverty with clean power Moushumi Basu
India's Kerala turns homes into 'mini-solar power stations' K. Rajendran
With schools shut by pandemic, solar radios keep Kenyans learning Benson Rioba
Solar energy on track to power London rail link by 2022 Lin Taylor
Indian teen's solar iron smooths a pressing problem: forest loss Manipadma Jena
Asian cities virus-proof public transit with shelters, scanners Rina Chandran
Bangladeshi solar-sharing start-up aims to cut power waste Naimul Karim
First poverty, now pandemic threatens access to electricity Megan Rowling
Pakistan pushes renewables - but coal expansion continues too Rina Saeed Khan
Move into government, U.N. official urges young climate activists Laurie Goering
Coronavirus crisis risks cutting off clean power lifeline to poor Megan Rowling
Pump or dump? With oil declining, Africa ponders its energy future Laurie Goering
Remote island off East Timor turns sunlight, air into water Michael Taylor
Women bring light to remote villages on islands of Zanzibar Nicky Milne
India's tribal farmers tap solar irrigation to cut migration Soumya Sarkar
Young Chadians seek to solve blackouts with social businesses Nellie Peyton
Pandemic spark: Solar energy prescribed for off-grid healthcare Megan Rowling
In rural Nepal, solar irrigation helps keep families together Aadesh Subedi
Malawi storm survivors hope solar power can switch on 'new life' Charles Pensulo
Cameroon boosts solar energy in push for rural power Elias Ntungwe Ngalame
Removable solar panels boost storm readiness in Dominica Laurie Goering
Hit by drought and power cuts, Zimbabwe steps up battery storage Lungelo Ndhlovu
Solar tracking bracelets protect nomadic Kenyan mothers, babies Munyaradzi Makoni
Renewable power surge in Africa faces a short: not enough workers Geoffrey Kamadi
Power-short Zimbabwe removes barriers to solar energy expansion Lungelo Ndhlovu
Solar pumps, migrant homes help shield post-COVID world Rina Chandran
In land-scarce Southeast Asia, solar panels float on water Rina Chandran
Bogota's solar-powered gondola gives slum dwellers a lift Anastasia Moloney
Solar-pumped water slakes rural Kenya's thirst for development Kagondu Njagi
Energy-short Pakistan moves to power up solar manufacturing Imran Mukhtar
Girl power! India's 'solar gal pals' light up rural homes Annie Banerji
Green mosques and schools help Amman push for zero emissions Adela Suliman
Switch to clean energy and save $500 mln, aid agencies told Lin Taylor
Diesel or solar: Could push to power Philippines be greener? Alanah Torralba
'Water from air' quenches threatened girls' thirst in Kenya Benson Rioba
Cambodia to boost clean energy use - but coal plants planned too Jared Ferrie
Power ahoy! Floating solar panels buoy access to energy in Asia Laurie Goering
Developing nations say swifter climate action needs more cash Megan Rowling
Boomtown Seattle aims to add jobs - and subtract emissions Gregory Scruggs
In Bangkok neighbourhood, residents trade energy with blockchain Rina Chandran
Milking it: solar coolers heat up earnings for Kenya's farmers Kagondu Njagi
Wind and solar farms could double rainfall in Sahara Nellie Peyton
As India adds 100 Smart Cities, one tells a cautionary tale Rina Chandran
Saudi Arabia to create world's biggest solar power project Reuters
Power-for-all push risks leaving out Africa's poorest Megan Rowling
Energy access for all needed for "true democracy" in India Astrid Zweynert
Solar power could save water in thirsty Middle East, North Africa Sebastien Malo
California becomes first US state to require solar panels on homes Sebastien Malo and Nichola Groom
Oil-rich Nigeria turns to renewables as population booms Isabelle Gerretsen
Crowdfunded solar panels aim to supercharge business in Africa Maina Waruru
Solar power push lights up options for India’s rural women Manipadma Jena
African cities pledge to cut emissions to zero by 2050 Eromo Egbejule
As India offers up advice, sunny nations form a solar alliance Huizhong Wu
Hawaii campus joins U.S. trend to go all green Sebastien Malo
For clean drinking water in Kenya, just add sunshine (and a can) Dominic Kirui
Solar water pumps up incomes for Nepal's quake-hit farmers Adela Suliman
Off-grid power pioneers pour into West Africa Reuters
Tea, haircuts and fish bones: Letting the light into Pakistan Zofeen Ebrahim
From solar irons to shavers, power push aims to light up incomes Isaiah Esipisu
"Consistently cheaper" clean energy set to connect world's poor Maina Waruru
More green power could curb India's water, electricity gap Alex Whiting
Fleeing Rohingya carry one key asset: Solar panels Mushfique Wadud
Worm toilets to solar lamps, innovations keep women safer in India Rina Chandran
Hurricane-hit Caribbean states target climate-safe future Sophie Hares
Keeping 1 bln people in the dark costs poor countries dear - study Megan Rowling
Brahmaputra boat clinic goes solar, powering rural healthcare Anuradha Nagaraj
Branson’s Caribbean green energy plan may include debt relief Adriana Brasileiro
Pakistan’s solar homeowners get green light to sell power to grid Waqar Mustafa
Solar roof tiles offer tech boost for Kenya's rural classrooms Justus Wanzala
Loans for solar systems make power affordable in rural Kenya Anthony Langat
China plans 100 panda-shaped solar plants on new Silk Road Reuters
In New York, neighbors trading solar energy electrify community Sebastien Malo
Sun powers clean water, business opportunities for refugees Kizito Makoye
Look to the sky for SE Asia's energy future: Thai solar pioneer Thin Lei Win
In power-short Pakistan, switch to solar power hit by rumours Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
As Zimbabwe’s homes go solar, its businesses lag behind Jeffrey Gogo
Solar grid keeps harvests high, hospitals lit in Zimbabwe Tonderayi Mukeredzi
Branson setting up green energy fund to rebuild Caribbean Sebastien Malo
Syria opens its first solar-powered hospital to save more lives Heba Kanso
Jordan's Azraq becomes world first clean energy refugee camp Anna Pujol-Mazzini
Emerging economies take lead on going green, but investment needed Megan Rowling
Solar power: A shot in the arm for India's health centres Anuradha Nagaraj
Kenya learns to cook with solar power–even when there's no sun Justus Wanzala
Sun-powered micro-grids boost fortunes of Lake Victoria fishermen Moraa Obiria
Can solar pumps give Nepal's women farmers a brighter future? Alina Paul-Bossuet
Sun-powered skin? Energy-saving prosthetic limbs get better feel J.D. Capelouto
Rural India needs solar power for more than just lighting - study Manipadma Jena
Is Pakistan's solar power poised to take off amid energy crisis? Rina Saeed Khan
Can crowd funding help scale up solar power for Africa's poor? Maina Waruru
Faced with blackouts, Pakistan's largest public park goes solar Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
Beyond light, solar startup seeks to plug in rural homes in Africa Kieran Guilbert
In energy starved Indian villages, solar mini-grids light the way Rina Chandran
Solar borehole protects Kenyan herders' children from drought Isaiah Esipisu
Solar energy and salt water power vegetable farms in the desert Umberto Bacchi
Solar boreholes throw lifeline to Kenyan herders Anthony Lang'at
Private sector power for refugee camps could light up communities Kieran Guilbert
'No time for trial and error': Cape Town mayor in green push Laurie Goering
Women solar entrepreneurs drive East African business surge Kizito Makoye
Solar-powered Africa “never more possible and less expensive” Maina Waruru
Solar ambulances to speed into service in Bangladesh Mushfique Wadud
Former U.S. President Carter goes solar, helping power hometown Ellen Wulfhorst
China's solar power capacity more than doubles in 2016 Reuters
Home-grown Kenyan solar farm powers computers - and protects girls Benson Rioba
As solar power expands the work day, incomes rise in eastern Kenya Kagondu Njagi
India shows it's serious about solar with giant power plant Rina Chandran
Kenyan irrigation app aims to cut water waste, crop losses Caroline Wambui
Zambia tries new way to beat drought: solar grain mills Danstan Kaunda
Kenya to expand solar mini-grids into poorest areas Maina Waruru
Solar irrigation cuts drought risk, emissions for Kenya's farmers Benson Rioba
Climate-threatened nations aim for 100 pct renewable energy Megan Rowling
Solar-powered televisions brighten homes in rural Kenya Benson Rioba
Clean energy gains ground - but old dirty habits die hard Laurie Goering
Vast Moroccan solar power plant is hard act for Africa to follow Reuters
Drought-hit Mozambique signs first major solar power deal Katy Migiro
Taste of solar power whets appetite for more in Kenya, survey says Maina Waruru
Solar scale-up in Pakistan hits roadblock after payments slashed Aamir Saeed
Tesla's Musk adds solar roofs to his clean energy vision Reuters
Google Earth images shed light on where solar rooftops make sense Sebastien Malo
Solar battery power takes up the charge in Kenya Anthony Langat
In fume-choked Kochi, a solar rickshaw glides to the rescue K. Rajendran
Climate fund to push off-grid renewables into Africa's mainstream William Brent
As prices plunge, Africa surges into clean, cheap solar energy Maina Waruru
Solar energy firms get loans to light up rural Tanzania Kizito Makoye
Here's how to power local economies, cleanly Sarah Best
High costs slowing Sri Lanka push toward solar energy Amantha Perera
Can Pakistan become a renewable energy giant? Saleem Shaikh
What's holding back off-grid solar power in Zimbabwe? Tonderayi Mukeredzi
How do we cut poverty and emissions? Fund some clean energy Laurie Goering
Affordable solar schemes light way to energy for all in Zimbabwe Tonderayi Mukeredzi
Mali's banks woo clients with hire-purchase solar power kits Soumaila T. Diarra
Africa battles to get big solar projects on grid Reuters
Could UAE solar push lead a trend for the Gulf? Saket S.
Will Rwanda's push for prosperity be powered by the sun? Karuma Njoroge
Insurance could protect India's solar panels from "monkey menace" Saket S.
Dodging costs and outages, Tanzanian firms profit from solar drive Jackline Nzula
Drought-parched Zambia turns to the sun to keep water flowing Danstan Kaunda
Solar panels power business surge - not just lights - in Tanzania Kizito Makoye
To curb climate change, "we need to move everything" - investors Laurie Goering
Solar power, text messages fight maternal deaths in rural Cameroon Elias Ntungwe Ngalame
Zimbabwe looks to the sun as drought hits hydropower Andrew Mambondiyani
Seeing no end to power crisis, Gazans turn to the sun Reuters
Solar tower in desert promotes Israel's renewable energy drive Reuters
Solar-power wells ease conflict over water in Kenya's Rift Valley Anthony Langat
Solar power surges – slowly – in regulation-heavy Russia Angelina Davydova
Solar power fuels hope on neglected Lagos island Augustina Armstrong-Ogbonna
Bangladesh fires up large-scale solar to boost power generation Syful Islam
Student-built solar motorbikes hit the road in Kenya Leopold Obi
Solar oven helps Kenyan women bake their way to a better life Leopold Obi
Solar lamps turn Pakistani women into green energy entrepreneurs Aamir Saeed
World's first solar airport takes off in southern India K. Rajendran
Solar panels empower indigenous people in Canada's north Chris Arsenault
Cambodia eyes bright solar future with tuk-tuks and microfinance Astrid Zweynert
From hearing aids to farming, solar energy powers green innovation Magdalena Mis
Solar-powered cars spark South Africans' interest in clean tech Munyaradzi Makoni
In Pakistan, solar water heaters help a town move away from wood Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
"Smart" solar palm trees power Wi-Fi, phones in Dubai Saket S.
Tanzania maps its renewable energy future Mohamed Issa
South Africa's jobless ignite creative power with solar kits Munyaradzi Makoni
Solar microgrid firm vies for Kenya's last-mile power customers Maina Waruru
SoftBank, partners eye $20 bln investment in Indian solar projects Reuters
Solar to power thousands of off-grid homes in north Pakistan Aamir Saeed
Cameroon trains new generation of clean energy entrepreneurs Elias Ntungwe Ngalame
Zimbabwe 'solar pirates' create own jobs with laptop, solar panel Jeffrey Gogo
How fast is solar energy taking off? Laurie Goering
As government gets on board, solar prepares to shine in Egypt Dina Zayed
Drought-hit Pakistan turns to solar water treatment Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
Microgrids and mobile tech bring solar power to rural Kenya Maina Waruru
In North Korea, solar panel boom gives power to the people Reuters
Like shale oil, solar power is shaking up global energy Reuters
Zimbabwe capital turns to solar streetlights to cut costs, crime Madalitso Mwando
Pakistan to pull solar energy into national power grid Aamir Saeed
Bangladesh aims to be world's 'first solar nation' Pantho Rahaman
US firms pledge to build 20 GW of renewable energy in India Reuters
Pakistan tax on solar imports threatens clean energy push - expert Aamir Saeed
Solar 'generators' power up remote homes, factories Kizito Makoye
New-generation solar panels cheaper, more efficient-scientists Magdalena Mis
Solar to grab bigger slice of Kenya's clean energy pie Maina Waruru
India builds solar plants atop canals to save on land, water Manipadma Jena
India's Modi raises solar investment target to $100 bln by 2022 Reuters
Kenya moves to rein in solar cowboys Maina Waruru
Kenyan farmers profit from the sun to water crops Portia Crowe
Pakistan boosts clean energy spending amid power crisis Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
Peru aims to cover rural electrical gap with solar panels by 2020 Reuters
'Fast asleep' Tanzanian port wakes up to solar power Mohamed Issa
Brazil gives go-ahead to 31 solar parks in push for new energy Reuters
Will India be blessed - or cursed - by the sun? Bill McKibben, 350.org
Northern Kenyans adopt nocturnal life to escape extreme heat Abjata Khalif
Taxes, fees: the worldwide battle between utilities and solar Reuters
In Kenya, schools lead renewable energy surge in remote areas Kagondu Njagi
Solar energy could dominate electricity by 2050 - IEA Reuters
Africa's future is lit by the sun Rudo Sanyanga
Green building design takes root in Kenya Justus Bahati Wanzala
Zimbabwe's solar energy ambitions flounder as contracts recalled Marko Phiri
Bihar's first all-solar village flickers to life Avik Roy
Zimbabwe to build new solar power plants, but who will pay? Marko Phiri
Pakistan boosts clean energy spending amid power crisis Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
Discovery brightens solar's future, energy costs to be cut Chris Arsenault
Cheap, green solar bottles light up Kenyan slum Pius Sawa
Indian farmer paves way for new cash crop - sunshine Magda Mis
Africa needs clean energy investment to get power to all - panel Megan Rowling
Pakistan builds earthquake-resistant solar homes Aamir Saeed
In India, solar surge aims to reshape the country's energy future Saket S.
Solar surge brings green heat and hope to India's far north Athar Parvaiz
Install solar heating or risk jail, Kenya tells builders Maina Waruru
Private solar farm blazes clean energy trail in Mexico Talli Nauman
Indian schools switch over to solar power Stella Paul
World's largest solar park may face environmental hurdle Saket S.
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