Renewable Energy Village

 

Renewable Energy Village
Planned during the Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC) 2010
October 27-29, 2010

Sara Shambhavi is an idea that finds its roots in the penury and the lack of basic amenities in rural India. It tries to fill the existing gaps between facilities available in rural and urban India, and in the process taps the tremendous potential that lies in terms of profitability in the sector. This leverages real power of renewable energy and information technology to transform the agriculture economies of rural India. It empowers small and marginal farmers with a host of services related to know-how, best scientific farming practices, timely and relevant weather information, transparent price discovery, and much more. This will provide work in sectors like Microfinance, Production-Marketing Linkages, Investment Fund Development, Community Economic Development, Carbon Trading and Consultancy which promotes inclusive growth in villages.

Around 70 percent of Indian population lives in rural areas. Access to energy is yet a major problem in villages. In view of such circumstances, pioneering efforts have been made for promoting renewable energy methods such as biogas plants, solar energy based heating, cooking and lighting devices, biomass gasifiers etc on a large scale in rural areas.

In order to depict the wide ranging programmes on rural energy of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, a Renewable Energy Village has been planned during the Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC) 2010. The concept adopted, by and large, is to use agricultural and forestry residues, cattle dung and other wastes to provide sustainable solution for meeting the electricity and cooking related needs of households. The live model of biomass gasifier installed in the village provides electricity for various requirements such as lighting, irrigation pump sets, mobile charging etc. Similarly, biogas plant is providing clean cooking fuel besides producing bio-fertilizer. Small biomass pellet and briquetting unit has been demonstrated based on surplus agricultural residues available in villages. Another major component is solar photovoltaic system for lighting, solar cookers, solar driers and solar water heating systems.

The positive impacts of Renewable energy technologies are to provide access to clean energy in rural areas which can reduce drudgery of women & children particularly girls, to provide more time for education, leisure as well as to demonstrate economic activities and development of micro enterprises.

In order to show life style of villages, a few village level small commercial activities and cultural events have also been planned. Further, a speaker corner has been planned for NGOs, civil societies etc. Entire village covers an area of 1000 square meter in front of the venue of DIREC, 2010.

Our mission is to address climate change and environmental justice by providing education and sharing knowledge on 'microfinance and climate change' and 'clean energy for the poor'. This is a pioneer in merging the environmental and microfinance sectors, to bring clean, affordable, renewable, locally-generated energy to the two billion at the bottom of the pyramid. While the developing world's adverse impact on global warming is miniscule, the effects of climate change - such as flooding, droughts, and desertification - have devastating impacts on this population, the world’s most vulnerable. The objective is to provide educational, technical, and financial services to assist the global poor's transition to a sustainable, affordable, and healthy energy future.