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Climate Action 2007-2008

PROFILE 152

PROFILE 152 SMART, SUSTAINABLE, EFFICIENT Organisation Enquiries VISIT: WWW.CLIMATEACTIONPROGRAMME.ORG

Power to empower Access to reliable energy services is one of the biggest impediments in the socioeconomic development of communities across the world. While local governments are committing to provide basic services such as water, health, sanitation, electrification to all its population, lack of energy and electricity in particular, is proving to be a serious hindrance in this process. Distributed generation and supply of electricity based on renewable energy technologies is fast emerging as a viable option. This article describes distributed generation-based initiatives undertaken by TERI that have benefited rural communities and provided a platform to link public and private commitments towards a common goal. INTRODUCTION By providing initial training and capacity building on several techno-commercial aspects, the project has helped six women become solar entrepreneurs who are now engaged in a variety of businesses. } } WOMEN AS SOLAR POWER ENTREPRENEURS – PILOT PROJECT IN THE SUNDERBANS ENERGY 153 VISIT: WWW.CLIMATEACTIONPROGRAMME.ORG