Lack of energy access limits the rural economy. But reliable electricity creates an infrastructure for rural entrepreneurs and gives people a chance to work on their aspirations.
In rural India, decentralised renewable energy options – primarily solar power – are creating livelihood and business opportunities. Decentralised renewable energy systems are primarily independent of the central power grid and the energy is generated close to its area of use. To address daily issues that arise out of lack of power, startups and organisations are creating and modifying decentralised renewable energy (DRE) solutions in India’s villages, burgeoning towns and metros.
In this episode of GigaWhat, Mongabay-India Contributing Editor and the podcast host, Mayank Aggarwal, speaks with startup founders and managers to learn the innovations happening in the DRE sector that are helping to boost the livelihoods of people in India’s hinterlands.
Produced and scripted by Kartik Chandramouli
Edited and mixed by Tejas Dayananda Sagar
Copy edits by Priyanka Shankar
Production assistance from Ayushi Kothari
GigaWhat artwork by Pooja Gupta
Ananth Aravamudan, Sector Lead - Climate Action, Villgro (Powering Livelihoods
Kunal Vaid, Director, Resham Sutra
Abhishek Pathak, Founder, Greenwear
Manish Kumar, Staff Reporter, Mongabay-India
Mongabay series: Clean Energy
Solar mini-grids fuel women-led enterprises in Jharkhand’s Gumla district
Decentralised solar setups give power access to small farmers, facilitate innovations
Framework to promote decentralised RE livelihood applications
Powering Livelihoods Globally through Clean Energy, a GCF-CEEW report.
The Future of Distributed Renewable Energy in India