Energy enterprises for development in
rural areas: the case of clean cooking Ė project
We at IEIís
Bangalore branch are demonstrating an example of a rural
energy-development model that we have designed (referred
to in our quarterly newsletters in March í07 and June
í07). The demonstration is being supported chiefly by
the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and
Energy, Germany (through its third round of Sustainable
Energy Project Support). The main purpose is to deliver
clean and efficient cooking fuel to rural families,
including the poorest, and sustain this delivery with
employment and income generation.
While one village
demonstration will take place during the project period
of a year, it could facilitate larger-scale replication
in the future.
On the basis
of suitability criteria drawn up during the initial
stage of the project and a survey of several villages,
(Chikkana Devara hatti) in the state of Karnataka
has been selected for the demonstration.
construction of the dairy and the biogas plants is in
progress. The dairy construction, consisting of four
large cattle-sheds and a small office, is nearly
complete. Water supply for the dairy is also being
arranged. Simultaneously, construction of the biogas
plants, to be shared between adjoining households, is
[Click here for a pictorial
summary of progress, September 2007].
Meanwhile, arrangements are being made for the selection
and purchase of cows. People from the village have been
employed for construction labour, and will later be
involved at the dairy and biogas systems. Once the
system is in operation, every home in this village will
be supplied with biogas (generated from cow dung) for
cooking. This fuel supply will be sustained through
linkage with the dairy whose revenue from milk sales
will accrue to the co-operative of village families.
The project will therefore facilitate the use of fuel
that will be beneficial for the health of the people
exposed and for the environment, and also improve the
livelihood of the village families.
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of April 2007, the Regional Energy Initiative Ė Asia has
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