Solar energy programs will promote the empowerment of women by training illiterate and semi-literate women to become barefoot engineers who could install, operate, maintain and repair solar energy systems, and by freeing them from walking long distances to collect fuel wood and reduced health hazards associated with indoor burning of firewood. The use of solar energy will also be instrumental in reducing environmental pollution and degradation by reducing the use of fuel wood, diesel and kerosene. Community based ownership and management of the solar energy systems will ensure full participation of local people in all aspects of decision making including design and implementation. In particular, disabled persons who are generally marginalized could be associated with the initiative.
This project will ultimately solar electrify 2,000 residential homes. Additionally, women Barefoot solar engineers will be trained to conduct this solar electrification, with the work supported by the Government of India.
300 villages in 12 countries in Asia and Africa only training rural women to solar electrify their own villages without any technical help from 'outside.'
- Amount of clean energy expected to be generated: 80 kilowatts.
- Amount of greenhouse gases expected to be reduced or avoided:. 5m tonne.
- Number of people expected to be reached with clean energy: 20,000.
- Number of clean jobs expected to be created: 200.
- Amount of energy expected to be saved: 360,000 KWH over 2 years.
- Number of people expected to be reached by public outreach efforts about clean energy: 20,000.
- Number of farmers or small-scale producers expected to gain access to inputs, supports and markets to improve agricultural productivity and farm income: 100 villages.
- Number of farmers or small-scale producers expected to gain access to inputs, supports and markets to improve agricultural productivity and farm income: 10,000 people.
- Number of people expected to increase access to health services or improved quality of health services: 20,000 people.
- Number of people expected to gain skills that would enable them to improve their economic opportunities: 200.
- Number of children expected to gain access to education (formal or non-formal school programs) or improved quality of education: 50,000.
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