Solving 'energy poverty' in remote locations

This solution addresses 1.2 billion people around the world lack access to electricity. in Malaysian Bornero for Residents of rural communities

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Problem Description

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.

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Story

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. Since 2001 GE and the local partner, Tonibung have:
-Developed 15 community micro-hydro systems.
-Provided clean energy to over 500 indigenous households.
-Protected thousands of hectares of rainforest watersheds.

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Solution Stage

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STAGE SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING FINANCE REQUIRED KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED GOAL
Developing and implementing5
Strong leadership, management, implementation skills
  • Policy design
  • Programme design
  • Business modelling
  • Organisational design
  • Prepare for some adaptation to implementation
MEDIUM
  • Programme funds, equity, loans, grants
HIGH
A robust and detailed case developed through formal evaluation and evidence gathering – use of a control group to isolate impact
An implemented and sustainable innovation

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