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More than 300 million people in India have no access to electricity, and those have access to electricity still do not get a stable supply. As a result, kerosene lamps and candles are used widely in many Indian homes, with high levels of air pollution affecting hundreds of millions. Women and children are particularly vulnerable because they spend more time at home. Perhaps, more serious is the dependence of around 700 million people on the burning of biomass in their homes, using inefficient stoves that emit large quantities of smoke, leading to high loads of air pollution. Low levels of awareness amongst the community, lack of access to information, remoteness, high initial costs of technology, high cost of maintenance and absence of service providers, and absence of funding from banks and financial institutions are some of the major barriers for access to clean energy in rural/ remote areas.

Cohesive rural energy access programs to extend renewable energy to rural communities are much needed for providing energy security in the rural remote villages and help in achieving measurable improvements in addressing the poverty environment nexus. Sustainable human development can be achieved by building local capacity within communities to set up, operate, repair and maintain renewable energy systems to meet local needs.

Realizing the above, DevGreen emphasizes developing community based innovative and decentralized approaches to energy security and poverty eradication by harnessing the potential of renewable energy in India. DevGreen focuses on developing and implementing innovative, affordable, and sustainable rural energy delivery models, which integrate small productive applications and livelihood activities with gender as focus. The emphasis is also on promoting improved cook stoves.

We provide the following services towards enhancing access to clean energy for rural areas:

  • Energy demand assessment
  • Socio-economic assessment
  • Resource assessment studies for various renewable energy resources (biomass, wind, bio-wastes, solar, micro hydro)
  • Evaluation of Technology options and selection
  • Development of appropriate business and institutional models for implementation of rural energy projects
  • Study of gender issues
  • Training and capacity building of rural energy entrepreneurs, private sector, and other stakeholders in technical and commercial aspects
  • Technical assistance and project management for implementation of projects
  • Monitoring, evaluation, and impacts assessment of rural energy programs

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