Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Renewable World: Tackling poverty through renewable energy

Renewable World, a registered international non-profit organization, works in Africa, Asia and Central America to tackle poverty through the provision of affordable renewable energy in remote, off-grid settings.  The organisation focuses on working with the “poorest of the poor” i.e. with communities who presently cannot afford or are not serviced by private energy providers, and for whom a lack of energy is a serious impediment to economic and social development.

Renewable World works in partnership with NGOs, governments and private companies with experience of community development, and good local relationships. Renewable World provides partners with a combination of financing, capacity building and knowledge sharing to enhance effective implementation of off-grid renewable energy services (wind, hydro, solar and biogas). Business proposals are designed in consultation with communities and impacted individuals to ensure they are appropriate for their needs. End users pay a fee for energy supply set at a price point appropriate for their income level. The organization promotes the effective productive use of energy to enhance local income generation levels, to assist end users to pay for the energy.   

Over 1.3 billion people worldwide cannot access electricity. Indoor air pollution from paraffin, wood, grass or animal dung used for lighting and heating kills nearly 2 million people every year, mainly women and children. Renewable World’s work transforms lives. Energy increases household income, provides access to information, enables communication and trade, supports the establishment of new income generating ventures and stimulates enterprise. Energy improves education as children are able study in the evenings, and schools can open later for adult education. Energy allows the refrigeration of medicine in local clinics increasing access to healthcare, and the pumping of clean water direct to households improving sanitation.  The use of clean lighting and cooking sources reduces indoor air pollution and respiratory diseases.   

Renewable World’s unique relationship with the Renewable Energy industry allows it to leverage funds, skills, expertise and resources to support and develop its work.

Renewable World is proud to be supported by over 50 companies and organisations in the Renewable Energy Industry and supply chain. Our sincere thanks to all, including our ‘Friends’: Dong Energy, SKM, SSE Renewables and Ampair and Major Donors: EWEA, International Power GDF Suez, RenewableUK, Statkraft and Baringa Partners


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