In rural villages across communities in Africa and Asia, families stay connected with distant loved ones, and benefit from reduced information and transaction costs, by using a mobile phone — but only during the day. That’s because the mobile cellular towers that serve many small remote communities usually rely either on diesel power, which is not always available, or electricity from solar panels, which is dependent on clear, sunny skies. However, biomass energy can be used to power the cell towers in order to enhance a stable baseload, and ensuring a continuous supply of power. The other major benefit of these systems is that they significantly contribute to local communities in ways that are not evident in other forms of renewable energy systems. Read more here.