Electricity is the foundation for a productive economic and healthy life, yet 1.2 billion people around the world lack access to electricity. Many of these people living in “energy poverty” reside in remote locations, far from the energy grid that relies on polluting, nonrenewable sources of energy like coal, petroleum, and natural gas. For example, almost half of the world cooks with biomass (wood, dung or coal). Improved cook stoves burn biomass more efficiently, reducing fuel consumption and indoor air pollution by 90%. This reduces respiratory illness and pollution-related diseases, and saves significant time on firewood collection. Green Empowerment is working with local partners to connect individuals to a variety of renewable energy sources. This clean energy drives economic development by powering small-scale industries and agricultural processing, resulting in increased income.


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. The electricity is then distributed to the community through electrical transmission lines.

Solar Power

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. Solar micro-grids provide electricity to whole communities that can be used for lighting, cellphone charging, and micro-enterprise development.

Wind Power

In rural mountain communities, small-scale wind power can be a viable part of energy infrastructure. In Peru, Solucionnes Practicas (Practical Action – Peru) manufactures wind turbines that power individual homes. We also deliver training on the proper use and sizing of wind turbines, most recently in Nepal.


Another cooking fuel comes from biogas digesters (or biodigesters). When used with small-scale livestock husbandry (as few as four pigs or one cow), they offer a range of direct benefits, such as the production of cooking gas as well as organic, nutrient-rich fertilizer.

Improved Cook Stoves

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News on Energy

Investing in Resiliency in Amaguaya, Bolivia

By Green Empowerment Communications | January 24, 2020 |

Perched on the banks of a small river in the vast, rugged landscape of the Andes Mountains sits the community of Amaguaya.  The Aymara people who call Amaguaya home have made their living for generations through raising llamas and farming potatoes. Though small by some standards, this community of 56 families is a hub in…

Adapting to Change in Kampung Terian

By Green Empowerment | July 30, 2018 |

By Jesica Sutandi, our Intern based in Malaysian Borneo working with local NGO partners TONIBUNG, PACOS and Forever Sabah. Week One I’d been lying on the bed under my mosquito net listening to the heavy fall of the pouring rain after a whole day of celebrating the Kaamatan festival. I opened the door and slipped…

Technical Documents

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