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A CSR initiative of RITES Ltd. - Clean energy access to rural poor in Bihar

RITES Ltd., incorporated in India as a Public Limited Company under the Companies Act, 1956, and having its registered office at RITES BHAWAN, 1, Sector29, Gurgaon, Haryana has provided financial assistance to TERI, under its CSR initiative, with the objective of providing clean lighting and cooking options for improving the quality of life of 260 households in the district of Gaya through the installation of Integrated Domestic Energy System (IDES).

A CSR initiative of RITES Ltd. - Clean energy access to rural poor in Bihar

In pursuance of this initiative, TERI and RITES Ltd. executed a Memorandum of Understanding on 10th September 2014. The objectives of the project were to:

- Extend improved and clean lighting and cooking solution to 260 households, by way of installing IDES
- Mitigate emission of CO2;
- Facilitate livelihood opportunities for EE/ technician through business linkages;
- To enable rural communities to draw on health, education and social benefits from the technology disseminated under this project, by ensuring quality and timely supply of technology and developing the mechanism for their prompt after sales service.

The project has benefitted more than 1300 lives and has saturated four villages in Tikari block of Gaya with clean energy solutions. The names of the villages are:

A. Sanda
B. Sehwara
C. Rasalpur
D. Bohiya

REC supports Lighting a Billion Lives initiative for installation of Solar Micro Grids

Rural Electrification Corporation (REC), under its Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, has decided to support TERI to establish an innovative techno-institutional model of implementing decentralised Solar Micro Grids to provide clean electricity to 1,400 households, from the scheduled caste and/or scheduled tribes and/ or economically weaker sections, in selected energy deficient villages of Jharkhand and Odisha.

In this regard, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed between REC and TERI, by Shri Ajeet Agarwal, Director (Finance), REC and Mr I H Rehman, Director (Social Transformation Division), TERI, on December 10, 2014, at the REC office.

Speaking on the occasion, REC's Chairman and Managing Director, Mr Rajiv Sharma said: "REC finds itself very proud because it has directed its CSR funds to the most deprived communities through TERI to make clean electricity available to them. This will not only provide lighting to the village community but will also empower the youths and women to run the systems".

The villages will be selected from among the districts of Sundergarh, Mayurbhanj and Kandhamal in Odisha and Simdega, Hazaribagh, Dumka and Giridh in Jharkhand. The project will also facilitate livelihood opportunities for the selected entrepreneurs, who will be trained to operate and manage the micro-grids through the "fee for service model" of solar lighting devices in the selected villages. The sustainability of the systems will be ensured through active engagement with the village community and their capacity development and linking all the micro-grids with local level energy enterprise, set up and trained by TERI as part of its Lighting a Billion Lives initiative.

A CSR initiative of IDBI Bank - New avenues to clean energy in selected Indian states

New avenues to clean energy in selected Indian states


IDBI Bank, under its social development initiative on empowering the under-privileged, has signed a MoU with TERI under the aegis of 'Lighting a Billion Lives' campaign to extend clean energy solutions to approximately 100 villages and 5000 households spread across the selective districts of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand.



New avenues to clean energy in selected Indian states


The project envisages achieving the following specific objectives:

- Bringing clean and affordable lighting to approximately 100 villages covering 5000 households, in need of reliable lighting service, through the establishment of SCSs ,SMGs and IDES;
- Facilitating livelihood opportunities through the rental, sale and use of solar lighting devices in the aforesaid villages;
- To enable rural communities draw health, education and social benefits from the above mentioned technologies by ensuring quality and timely supply and after sales maintenance.



New avenues to clean energy in selected Indian states

The project aims to illuminate around 25,000 lives by the provision of improved solar lighting services to rural communities, expanding the existing livelihood potential of the region. The project will also support incremental income for SCS/SMG/IDES operators and diversion of 17,500 liters of kerosene per month from usage in rural households for lighting purposes. In addition to this, business opportunity for IDBI Bank will be created by appointing banking correspondents and covering the village population under IDBI's inclusive financial services mandate of the government.

LaBL is a unique and measurable sustainability initiative that effectively demonstrates how Public-Private-People (PPP) partnerships easily support clean energy schemes and initiatives, in the area of rural development and results into building linkages between the business & civil society & the government, to further UN MDGs.

A CSR initiative of RITES Ltd. - Clean energy access to rural poor in Bihar

RITES Ltd., incorporated in India as a Public Limited Company under the Companies Act, 1956, and having its registered office at RITES BHAWAN, 1, Sector29, Gurgaon, Haryana has provided financial assistance to TERI, under its CSR initiative, with the objective of providing clean lighting and cooking options for improving the quality of life of 260 households in the district of Gaya through the installation of Integrated Domestic Energy System (IDES).

A CSR initiative of RITES Ltd. - Clean energy access to rural poor in Bihar

In pursuance of this initiative, TERI and RITES Ltd. executed a Memorandum of Understanding on 10th September 2014. The objectives of the project were to:

- Extend improved and clean lighting and cooking solution to 260 households, by way of installing IDES
- Mitigate emission of CO2;
- Facilitate livelihood opportunities for EE/ technician through business linkages;
- To enable rural communities to draw on health, education and social benefits from the technology disseminated under this project, by ensuring quality and timely supply of technology and developing the mechanism for their prompt after sales service.

The project has benefitted more than 1300 lives and has saturated four villages in Tikari block of Gaya with clean energy solutions. The names of the villages are:

A. Sanda
B. Sehwara
C. Rasalpur
D. Bohiya

Illuminating Rural Africa: Increased dissemination of solar energy technologies for rural electrification

Accelerating universal energy access in Ethiopia and Kenya through the use of decentralized solar energy technologies, to enhance electricity access and develop entrepreneurship in rural communities.



Power to Empower

TERI, with its long experience in the research and dissemination of solar PV technologies, has extended its expertise and services to the African continent for lighting up homes of thousands of people that do not have access to clean light with solar lanterns, under the aegis of its flagship programme 'Lighting a Billion Lives' (LaBL).



With support from DFID India, TERI is implementing an energy access project in two selected countries in Africa - Ethiopia and Kenya. The objective is to identify barriers to promotion of clean energy options in Sub Saharan Africa, share lessons and best practices from the Indian context in the area of policy, regulation, financing, and technology and delivery models and demonstrate the techno-social viability of the decentralized solar energy applications and improved cook-stoves to bring improved quality of life to the rural households in the region.



Power to Empower

It is in this context, that a collaborative workshop on 'Dissemination of Solar Energy Technology for Rural Electrification: Challenges and Opportunities" was held by TERI jointly with the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoAREC) and The African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), in Ethiopia and Kenya respectively.

These workshops focused on the challenges and market availability for solar powered products in their countries and drew participants from the Ministry of Water and Energy, , and county level energy bureaus, as well as the Industry, financial institutions, NGOs, civil society organizations, practitioners and researchers.



Another critical aspect of the workshops conducted was to identify opportunities and challenges affecting diffusion and wider adoption of solar energy technologies for decentralized application and rural electrification and explore potential measures for scaling up the dissemination to enhance electricity access. Other specific objectives were; to identify existing gaps in the solar energy arena for rural electrification, to deliberate on the potential of solar energy to address energy poverty and finally to analyze and evaluate government's plan on solar power and strive towards adoption of low carbon technologies.



Power to Empower

Highlighting the importance of this initiative, State Minister of Energy in Ethiopia, Kebede Gerba, said in the workshop conducted in Ethiopia that "Development of large hydropower is being carried out primarily by undertaking stringent environmental and social impact assessments". Focus is also given to the development of small and micro hydropower as they are suitable and economical in electrifying remote rural areas and for the establishments of agro-processing plants and productive activities in rural Ethiopia.



Dr Ben Muok, Director of Programmes, ACTS chaired the inaugural session of the workshop in Kenya and in his opening remarks envisaged that DFID India is supporting the research activities pertaining to the improved clean technologies as well as their private sector-led business models. He also addressed that, these innovative research activities are found to be very effective in increasing the community awareness, generating demand, in enabling provisions for development of appropriate products and services and thereby in promotion of solar lighting solutions on a much wider scale. Dr. Cosmas Ochieng, Executive Director of ACTS in his address said that sustainable energy is a fundamental challenge in Sub-Sahara Africa. He stated that we are never going to run out of sun shine, however the challenges is how do we make the solar power affordable and accessible to the poor people.



Power to Empower

Mr Debajit Palit, Associate Director, TERI gave a brief on TERI and its portfolio in Africa. In his address in the workshops, he deliberated on how the TERI-ACTS and TERI-HoAREC initiative, supported by DFID India, is attempting to create access to finance, technology and services through demonstration of techno-social viability of the decentralized solar energy applications and improved biomass cook stoves through innovative business models and financing options. In addition to the demonstration projects, the project is also supporting capacity development of stakeholders through training programmes, workshops and exchange visits for cross learning. He also suggested that attempts should be made to develop solar entrepreneurs in the rural areas to take the product and service closer to the door steps of rural community. This would benefit the nation by allowing rural houses which are far apart from accessing power, creating more jobs for people to maintain the equipment and supply more solar equipment and energy efficient stoves.. He hopes that private and public enterprises will join forces to find the best way to utilize the sunshine available in plenty in these countries.



Power to Empower

Governments in both the two countries have well recognized the need of providing electric power to their rural communities. To facilitate this, they have put in place regulations, which enable formation of institutions to administer rural electrification projects through renewable energy. Besides institutions, suppliers and energy service companies are playing a major role in the dissemination, training and development of rural energy. Hence effort in creating conducive atmosphere by of enacting appropriate legislations, financing options and in the coordination of activities of the various actors in the area are carried out and every means of encouragement and sharing of best practices are being made in this direction.

Numerous sessions took place during both the workshops and the dialogue also highlighted case studies, marketing perspectives, innovative methodologies, quality benchmarks and policies in energy sector etc. Parallel to the workshops in Ethiopia, HoAREC also organized a solar exhibition which witnessed many private businesses displaying the solar powered products. A supplier told the workshop that one of the problems facing the solar products sector in Ethiopia was that the government did not have enough awareness and expected to buy state-of-the art products for a cheaper price than they were actually worth and such type of exhibition provide them the opportunities to understand the market and provide better quality of products.



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