Electricity is the foundation for a productive economic and healthy life, yet 1.2 billion people around the world lack access to electricity. Many of these people living in “energy poverty” reside in remote locations, far from the energy grid that relies on polluting, nonrenewable sources of energy like coal, petroleum, and natural gas. Green Empowerment is working with local partners to connect individuals to renewable energy sources. This clean energy drives economic development by powering small-scale industries and agricultural processing, resulting in increased income. We are working with partners to install the following clean energy technologies:
Micro-hydro – In remote communities, a resource as small as a stream can provide high-quality electricity 24 hours per day to a whole community by diverting a small portion of the water to a turbine located downstream. The electricity is then distributed to the community through electrical transmission lines.
Solar Power– Solar panels convert sunlight into electricity. Thanks to rapid price reductions, solar energy is now being utilized in everything from schools to health clinics to homes, displacing dangerous and more costly alternatives such as kerosene and diesel. Solar micro-grids provide electricity to whole communities that can be used for lighting, cellphone charging, and micro-enterprise development.
Wind Power – In rural mountain communities, small-scale wind power can be a viable part of energy infrastructure. In Peru, Solucionnes Practicas (Practical Action – Peru) manufactures wind turbines that power individual homes. We also deliver training on the proper use and sizing of wind turbines, most recently in Nepal.