Tag Archives: Asia

Solar-Based Solutions Improving Livelihoods in Rural Areas

Organisations around the world are teaming up to help rural communities gain access to basic energy needs through renewables

In Majhuee, a village nestled in central Nepal, Raj Mani Chaudhary and his wife depend on fish and vegetable farming for their income. The couple used to spend NPR 2500 (USD 24) per month to operate and maintain a diesel pump for their farm, but as their pump got older, so did the cost and frequency of its repairs. Slowly this was becoming unsustainable and something had to change.

Change meant turning to solar power. Continue reading Solar-Based Solutions Improving Livelihoods in Rural Areas

IRENA and Central Asia Look to Advance Renewable Energy in the Region

Central Asian countries possess a large potential of renewable energy and have been increasingly involved in the renewables dialogue over the past few years. The vast resource potential in the region provides opportunities for increasing uptake. However, Central Asian countries are at different levels of readiness for the adoption of renewable energy solutions as there are several factors (e.g. high fuel subsidies) that are delaying the opportunity to increase deplyoment.

Within the framework of the 7th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, IRENA organized its first Central Asia Consultation Meeting, with the objective to enhance the dialogue in the renewables sphere among government experts, key national and regional stakeholders. The meeting aims to explore the regions renewable energy needs and priorities taking into consideration existing initiatives.  Continue reading IRENA and Central Asia Look to Advance Renewable Energy in the Region