10 years of dedication to sustainable change
Since 2008 we have worked to provide energy, water, and clean cooking solutions to off-grid communities around the world.
These solutions when paired with our Community Centred Model has meant climate resilient agriculture, new income opportunities, improved education, reduced health risks, and more. Learn more about our impact in our latest impact report.
Through our work delivering renewable energy technology and associated services, we have reached:
We have provided energy access and training to :
993 farmers and smallholders
146 micro-enterprises and small businesses
62 schools, clinics and other community institutions
We have done this by delivering renewable energy technology capable of:
Generating 1.35 GWh of energy per year
Pumping over 238 million litres of water per year
Mitigating over 2008 tonnes of CO2 per year
Some of the results?
Families in Kenya are seeing increased annual income by nearly 20% from new business and farming opportunities brought about by reliable access to electricity.
Households connected to Kenyan microgrids are saving more than 50% on monthly energy expenses when comparing their new solar consumption bills to equal amounts of kerosene and petrol usage.
Women and girls in Nepal are saving an average of 3.2 hours per day previously spent collecting water.
Water lifted to hillside remote villages in Nepal has brought a 70% increase to annual household incomes from new farming opportunities and more time to spend on jobs.
More than half of the households impacted in Kenya and Nepal have experienced fewer illness and injuries thanks to electricity in the home and convenient access to water.
Interactive Impact Map
Explore our impact and where we work with our interactive map. Get a flavour for our current and completed projects across East Africa, South Asia, and Central America. Currently, we have active programmes in Kenya and Nepal.
Click the arrow to the right for a guide to the technologies and projects referenced in the map above
- Yellow = Microgrid or Solar Grid (Electricity)
- Green = Biogas or Clean Stoves (Clean Cooking)
- Dark Blue = Hydram (Water Pumping)
- Light Blue = SolarMUS (Water Pumping)
- Hydram: Hydram, short for Hydraulic Ram Pump, is a technology we employ to pump water to communities living above a water source.
- COBLE: COBLE (Community Owned Biogas for Livelihood Enhancement) refers to our work alongside communities to implement and use biogas technology for clean cooking and new business opportunities.
- SolarMUS: SolarMUS I, II and III all refer to the different phases of our solar water pumping programme. The third phase of the programme, SolarMUS III, began in 2018.
- BRACED X (AnukulanX): Completed in 2019, Renewable World was a consortium partner to this DFID funded project led by iDE Nepal. The project aimed at helping people become more resilient to climate extremes. Renewable World provided renewable energy technical expertise to the programme, installing solar powered water pumping systems (SolarMUS).
- SECURE: Starting in 2018, this project brings solar microgrid technology and experience from Kenya to the hill-top villages of Nepal. Through this project we help to homes and businesses, local clinics, and innovative flood warning systems.
- Energy Hubs: This refers to our ongoing work to work with off-grid communities in Kenya to build, manage, and expand solar energy access. Our current work focuses on communities lining the shores of Lake Victoria. Alongside capacity building, training, and the establishment of community based organisations to manage the infrastructure, our microgrids have already been used to start new businesses, pump water for climate resilient farming, extend study hours for children, and more!
- Powering Aquaculture Project: Completed in 2018, delivered in partnership with iDE Bangladesh, this project worked alongside two communities to install solar microgrids to increase the productive capacity of local fish hatcheries. In addition to powering the fish hatcheries, the solar microgrids were designed to supply energy to nearby households.
- The Mahogany Project: Completed in 2017, delivered in partnership with blueEnergy, this project work alongside three communities located within the remote Mahogany reserve in Eastern Nicaragua. This microcredit initiative, paired with the training of solar technicians, allowed households and small businesses living in the forest reserve to access sustainable solar energy systems.
Countries Where We Work
We began implementing projects Nepal, as part of our South Asia programme, in 2012. Here we work with some of Nepal’s most isolated and disadvantaged communities, and aim to catalyse micro-economies through the provision of affordable, community-based renewable energy services. Our three main programmes are water pumping using solar or Hydram technology; clean cooking using biogas; and most recently, clean lighting using solar microgrids.
We have supported small scale energy projects across East Africa since 2008. Our main programme focuses on improving access to renewable energy for fishing communities on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya. This began in 2013 with the Comic Relief-funded ‘Renewable Energy Solutions for Lake Victoria Ecosystems’ (RESOLVE), and later, the ‘Energy Hubs Project’ since 2017.
Header image courtesy of: Kirstin Lau Photography.