It Takes a Village: Hariyali Clean Energy Solutions in India

SEWA-NRDC Group Discussions in Rajasthan Under the Hariyali Project on Energy Use in Summer 2019; Photo Credit: Madhura Joshi
  • Lighting: expand LED bulbs, solar lamps, and voltage stabilizers: Incentives to use LED bulbs through sales in common service centers at fair prices will help save energy and costs. Skill development at the local level is also needed to provide local maintenance support and voltage stabilizers can help sustain broader appliance adoption.
  • Cooling: increase efficient fans and cool roofs: Efficient fans can reduce electricity expenses and provide better indoor cooling and circulation. Passive cooling measures, such as cool roofs, can also help improve indoor thermal comfort and reduce household cooling requirements.
  • Irrigation: community-owned solar water pumps and micro-irrigation: Solar irrigation pumps increase agricultural productivity, and joint ownership models can reduce energy expenses. Micro-irrigation technologies and improved water-use efficiency are also key opportunities.
  • Household Cooking: explore cleaner cooking options and solar appliances: Biogas is a potential cleaner cooking option as well as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). While there are barriers to wide-scale adoption of LPG, improving LPG cylinders’ financial viability and usability would help promote broader village use. Solar milk chillers, solar flour mills, and solar oil mills also present cleaner cooking options.
  • Community Intervention: engage schools & health centers in clean energy transitions: Clean energy interventions in community spaces can serve as demonstration sites for the village to expand clean energy adoption.
Key Solutions for the study: It Takes A Village: Advancing Hariyali Clean Energy Solutions in Rural India

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Climate and clean energy expert. Currently, Senior Associate at E3G, leading the work on India’s energy transitions. Previously with NRDC, CPR, and TERI.

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Madhura Joshi

Madhura Joshi

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Climate and clean energy expert. Currently, Senior Associate at E3G, leading the work on India’s energy transitions. Previously with NRDC, CPR, and TERI.