Renewable Energy at Scale | WWF India

Renewable Energy at Scale

While our initiatives are engaged around influencing policies for the scaling up of renewable energy, WWF-India also demonstrates renewable energy applications in key landscapes that reduce pressure on local natural resources and enhance energy access.

Demonstration projects

These renewable energy-based demonstration projects serve multiple objectives: provide clean energy access to communities in key landscapes, provide models for decentralized energy generation, reduce pressure on natural resources, and enhance livelihood opportunities. The learning from these demonstration projects would also help in providing appropriate policy inputs.

Terai Arc Landscape – Biogas iconic project

The goal of WWF-India’s Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) programme is to create a single functioning landscape through restoration and maintenance of key corridors for wildlife, linking various protected areas in the landscape along the foothills of the Indian Himalayas.

The Species & Landscapes Division along with the Climate Change & Energy Division effectively addresses unsustainable harvesting of fuelwood and overgrazing in the forest by cattle. Self-help groups provided a channel for local learning and implementation of biogas plants. These provided a direct alternative to fuelwood for cooking. Since they require cattle dung as an input, they also encouraged stall feeding of the cattle. This, in turn, reduced pressure on the forests and the potential for human-wildlife conflict. Efforts are on to scale up the number of biogas plants in this area.
 
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Terai Arc Landscape Biogas Iconic Project
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Sundarbans Solar Charging Station

This project was co-founded by ABB and WWF-India to set up a solar PV charging station in Tipligheri village, Lahiripur Gram Panchayat, Gosaba block of Sundarbans. A centralized solar PV charging station was installed over a village common space. The project is being operated and managed by tribal women users’ group.

The project enabled clean energy access for household lighting (95 forest fringe tribal households and shops) with the potential to improve health, education and livelihoods. It also ensured capacity-building of community-based organization to manage and operate an off-grid clean energy infrastructure and provided quality energy services.

Remote Village Electrification in Sunderbans

WWF-India in partnership with the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) Projects, Australia, an indigenous science and technology organization, inaugurated a micro solar power station at Rajat Jubilee on Satjelia Island in the Sundarbans region of West Bengal using the Bushlight India model.

The WWF-India Sunderbans programme team was instrumental in developing a model that provides electricity to remote villages using renewable energy. The model is unique because the power station is owned and managed by a consumer cooperative society in which all consumers are stakeholders. It connected 50 households, eight local businesses and three community buildings. Initially, local residents underwent energy efficiency education and training which enabled them to draw up their energy budgets.
 
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Urja Bandhu: An energy manager that plays a critical role in this solar power project
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Micro solar power PV station in Satpura Maikal Landscape

With an aim to provide clean energy access, WWF-India has undertaken a pilot programme for the demonstration of a solar PV power plant. Under this project, a 10 kWp micro solar PV power station has been installed in Bajgundi Forest Village, Aamgahan Panchayat, Balaghat District, Madhya Pradesh in the Satpuda Maikal Landscape (SML).

This programme provides energy access to 62 households, one school, one anganwadi and one community hall in the village. In addition, stand-alone solar home lighting systems are also provided for two remote households. Each household is connected with a solar off grid distribution line, two CFL points and a mobile charging port. In addition to this, 27 street lights have been provided in the village. The plant is operated and maintained by the Eco Development Committee of the village, the members of which are selected from among the village itself.
 
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WWF-India has undertaken a pilot programme for the demonstration of a solar PV power plant. Under this project, a 10 kWp micro solar PV power station has been installed in Bajgundi Forest Village, Aamgahan Panchayat, Balaghat District, Madhya Pradesh in the Satpuda Maikal Landscape (SML).
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