- Redesigning Decentralized clean energy policies intended to address the issue of Energy access, based on field and operational realities.
- Suggesting energy interventions and models in other development-oriented programmes including Rural development, Health, Housing and so on.
Over the last decade with the burgeoning number of energy access practitioners, it has become critical to create a platform that represents the interests and needs of this group to other stakeholders including policy makers, financiers, investors and so on. Through collaboration, there is an attempt to create a practitioners’ network to address issues such as Policy advocacy for decentralized energy, Access to Finance, Technology and Innovation, Skills and training and so on. The project is currently looking for its CEO. The application can be found here.
National Solar Mission- Off grid component
While India’s National Solar Mission has ambitious goals, the off-grid component within the Mission lacks a strong foundation that will help meet targets for rural energy access. Based on stakeholder experiences and pilot projects, actionable recommendations have been collated and are being pursued to institutionalize skill development of technicians and micro entrepreneurs through Industrial Training Institutes, Capacity building and innovation in financing and Introduction of efficient, productive usage applications. Read our preliminary report here.
Financing for Decentralized Renewable Energy
Financing decentralized energy applications for end users and micro-entrepreneurs, especially in rural areas, continues to be a challenge. The aim is to understand the various lending mechanisms and schemes that exist to increase financiers’ interest at the branch level and at the decision-making level, so they may capitalize on these schemes to lend to both end users and entrepreneurs.
Energy efficiency intervention
The potential for energy efficiency in addressing the twin challenges of Energy need and Energy expenditure for livelihoods in the MSME sector (including power looms, tailoring units, juice shops) is seen to be very high due to the usage of energy intensive equipment in these livelihoods. Based on detailed assessment of such livelihoods, discussions with manufacturers on product efficiency and pilot tests, there is an attempt to understand the impact of energy efficiency on such livelihoods and consequently advocate for relevant technology, skill and finance related inclusions in energy efficiency policies.
National Rural Livelihoods Mission
Analysis of the National Rural Livelihood Mission of the Ministry of Rural Development at the state level reveals great potential to identify, suggest (and possibly pilot) holistic energy interventions for specific livelihoods, that can be undertaken through State Rural Livelihood Promotion Societies. The Mission through its Self Help Group network also provides opportunities for decentralized clean energy to become a livelihood category in itself. Read our Executive Summary, or our Full Report.