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.
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.