759 Million people lack access to electricity.
We form micro-utilities that deliver reliable energy to homes, clinics, and schools, at the last mile.
Electricity is a cornerstone for a healthy life and economic opportunity. Worldwide, many people living in “energy poverty” reside in remote locations, far from national energy grids that themselves rely on polluting, nonrenewable sources of energy. Green Empowerment works with rural and indigenous populations to build renewable energy solutions that elevate the health and wellbeing of both people and planet.
Community Owned and Operated Micro-utilities
Together with regional partners we build mini-grids that deliver quality, consistent energy to homes, schools, and clinics. These systems provide sufficient power for large appliances like washing machines, power tools, and food mills, providing a real springboard for economic opportunity.
In many rural communities, health centers suffer from the same lack of electricity infrastructure as the general population. Imagine planning for vaccine distribution without reliable electricity to power a freezer or delivering a baby by kerosene lamp. We work with partners to bring solar power to remote clinics, elevating local healthcare and contributing to the global effort to combat COVID-19.
We believe in matching the technology to the need.
In remote communities, a resource as small as a stream can provide high-quality electricity 24 hours per day to a whole community by diverting a small portion of the water to a turbine located downstream.
Combine solar and micro-hydro energy sources to create more powerful and reliable mini-grids.
Solar panels convert sunlight into electricity. Thanks to rapid price reductions, solar energy is now being utilized in everything from schools to health clinics to homes, displacing dangerous and more costly alternatives such as kerosene and diesel.
Used in combination with animal husbandry, biogas digesters convert manure and food waste into biogas for cooking and compost for gardening.
One third of the world’s population uses dangerous and inefficient cooking systems. Improved cookstoves dramatically reduce respiratory illness caused by smoke and require much less fuel (which means less deforestation).
Training & Leadership
With our partners, we provide technical and administrative training so that community members are equipped to manage and maintain systems for years to come. We build off womens’ traditional role as domestic leaders to promote them to community leadership roles.
In order to guarantee the long-term success of micro-hydro systems, communities work with Green Empowerment to develop and implement a watershed management plan.
Our holistic approach includes working with partners on projects that complement and fortify energy systems such as rainwater catchment to fortify biodigesters and community business plans that help offset the costs of energy grids.