Challenges & Opportunities

Some rural households often didn’t have access to a good main grid power supply.  Many villages get electricity supplies that are unreliable. The main power production sources remain polluting or hazardous sources. This had helped fuel the interest of some organisations  locals towards alternative sources of energy. Some renewable technologies, are more suited to rural areas, where they could provide a new source of savings / income for farmers.

Renewable energy has also emerged as a way of educating, mobilising and empowering eco-friendly  rural economies. Though there are great opportunities but it comes along with challenges, e.g. installing a bio-gas plant in a Rajasthan village was  a kind of cultural and technological barriers to overcome and it had taken a lot of negotiation to persuade a marginally interested householder. Even if a renewable technology is tried and tested in other places, setting it up in some rural areas / households can be a whole new learning process.

We intend to design and seek technical and funding support for a few shared / co-operative rural community energy projects too. Local distributed energy generation can be a much bigger part of the energy network than is imagined at the moment. We are grateful for the support and guidance available from the officials of the government energy development agency, and for the micro-funding from the umbrella and affiliate organisation for small scale projects and learning process.

We encourage short-term volunteers and interns to invest more time to study and research socio-economic aspects of alternative energy generation products among rural households. This learning should lead to develop strategies to improve interest in and acceptance of renewable energy. Some team-members can then design and build locally adapted micro/small product. Some can then follow up promotions, marketing and sales at the restore.