Install a wind turbine and build stronger communities (Series 2)

by The Converging World
Loan

About the project

Goals

Tipping Point £30,000
2nd Milestone Target £50,000
3rd Milestone Target £75,000
4th Milestone Target £100,000
£76,220
tipping point
£30.000
20%
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
12hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
Villagers in India have little access to health, education and other social programmes. In addition, access to clean water, energy and natural resources in good condition is limited. By helping them to obtain the access they need, we help them become more self sufficient and less impoverished. By twinning the work we do in India with the work we do in the UK we raise awareness of the need to contract our use of resources in the UK and make progress towards a one-planet lifestyle (Convergence!). NB we use the equivalent of 3 planets in the UK.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
Please see our website for more information: http://www.theconvergingworld.org
What is your solution?
To provide long term funding for our programmes from the investment in wind turbines. We have started researching the impact of climate change on the villagers for example and what needs to be done to help them adapt – this will leverage more funding from DFID/UN to help support a community programme for adaptation with village scale solutions In the UK, for example, barriers to the implementation of renewable energy projects include the need for long term support to help communities install their project. This support is not delivered by any other organisation. This is mirrored in India where we are developing sustainable energy plans for village communities assessing the practicalities of solar cookers or wood stoves instead of the use of wood on indoor open fires, solar pv/thermal and wind.
How will you deliver this?
Firstly we will attract further investment into our wind turbines by offering a 6% return and 10 years of donations to your charity of choice. This will help to avoid CO2 emissions and provide a long term funding stream for the charity. Also, through funding long term programmes to deliver the most appropriate, well designed solutions at the grass roots, with local ownership. In parallel, our knowledge and experience will be shared with other groups and organisations for wider distribution and will be used to influence local, national and international policy makers to effect the change needed.

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    Contact us about volunteering opportunities. Organise a community investment via your school or community group. Sign up your community group to our programme.

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

To support the journey towards a one-planet lifestyle where the socially and economically disadvantaged are supported in their development to become more self sufficient.

Geographical coverage

International

Our track record

We have already owned and operated 3MW of wind energy in Tamil Nadu India for 3 years. Through our partner NGO and our UK team, we have worked closely with communities to deliver appropriate social and environmental initiatives.

Who do we help?

Globally we are addressing the pending energy gap and the avoidance of more CO2 through providing much needed investment into renewable energy. More locally we support programmes that help the poorest and neediest people in rural Tamil Nadu which also includes lower caste people, women, the physically and mentally challenged, and subsistence farmers. In the UK we work with community groups, schools and scouts by enabling and supporting environmental and social initiatives.

How do we deliver this?

We invest in renewable energy and own the assets: each wind turbine delivers 70million kWh of clean energy; avoids emissions of 140,000tCO2 across the lifetime (20 years); and provides 20 years of funding for charitable activities. So far we have delivered funding in India (£60k) which has been used to: deliver cataract operations, treat farmers' animals, start a micro-credit group and a women’s self help group, provide grants for students and support for their school. The UK team has developed guidance for developing sustainable energy plans and an online tool: they are also working with communities, schools and scout groups.