Renewable World

Access to affordable and reliable energy services is critical in empowering poor people to lift themselves out of poverty. Renewable World leverages funds, expertise and resources from the global renewable energy industry to tackle poverty through renewable energy in poor, remote, off-grid communities where financial or geographical barriers prevent private sector solutions being effective.

Renewable World works with a range of organisations to ensure renewable energy services sustainably improve health, education and income generating opportunities in poor communities in our programme countries.

Find out more by visiting www.renewable-world.org

Renewable World and EWEA

2012 - EWEA donated over €10,000 to Renewable World. This donation will support new projects in Nepal, which are providing water to remote communities using solar systems. In many Nepalese communities, there is no access to water close to villages. Limited to what women and children can carry by the weight, water for drinking and cooking has to be prioritised. Very little is left for hygiene, sanitation or for watering crops. Families often only grow subsistence crops, such as rice and maize, during the rainy season and then store these for use all year round. They may keep a small vegetable patch near the house, hand watering with water hauled from the nearest source.

Renewable World's partner, International Development Enterprises Nepal (IDE-N), has worked with many communities to increase access to water using gravity-fed systems. Renewable World is working with IDE-N to develop and install affordable, solar-powered water pumping in six villages, bringing clean water to over 1000 people. By building IDE-N’s capacity to use solar technology, the organisation will be able to incorporate this into future work – benefiting thousands more people over the next few years.

2011 - Conference donations from EWEA supported Renewable World in their work with Mozambican partner The Clean Energy Company (TCEC) and helped bring renewable energy to the remote, northern coastal village of Mapandi.

Mapandi is a traditional fishing village, but with depleting fish stocks the seas have struggled to provide a livelihood or a source of food for the community. In this situation the only hope is to look for alternative ways to earn an income and provide your family with a healthy diet. However without access to energy, and with climate change affecting rainfall patterns and soil quality, community members are struggling to grow sufficient crops to feed their family, let alone sell for a profit. But thanks to this project, a 1kw wind turbine and 200w solar array now provides constant power (with battery back-up) for a pump to lift water from a new well, meaning families can grow more crops over much larger areas.

Second life for EWEA event materials in Mauritania.

EWEA has donated 250 t-shirts and 50 conference bags from previous events to a project supporting educatuion in Mauritania. The non-profit organisation running the project, Emel, provides 45 disadvantaged children in the city of Atar with tuition, school supplies and food.

EWEA's contribution forms part of a container of supplies collected by secondary schools in the Brussels commune of Etterbeek, where EWEA has its offices. The container will leave Brussels at the end of November and is due to arrive in Mauritania in early 2012.

The conference bags in fact find a third life as they are made from recycled plastic bottles. For more information on the project visit www.emel.be.