Following her article on clean energy SMEs, Sonya Fernandes of REEEP's South Asia has been invited to present another paper, Expanding Rural Energy Access and Improving Agro Industrial Energy Efficiency through Targeted Interventions at the 2013 World Sustainable Energy Days conference in Wels, Austria, which will run from 27 February to 1 March 2013.
Abstract of paper
While access to low-cost, clean, safe, modern and sustainable energy technologies is a priority to farmers and agro-communities residing in villages, improving energy efficiency as a cost cutting measure is extremely important to rural agro industries, especially micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Hence specific and targeted projects focusing on building awareness at the grass-root level, technology transfer, capacity building and fast-tracking clean energy financing to these sector are crucial growth and development drivers.
This paper presents case studies of a few such REEEP-supported, monitored and assessed projects undertaken in India and replicated in other developing countries. The paper can be downloaded below.