Guest post by Grace Boyle, Greenpeace India.
Roughly one in six people in the world live in India.
Approximately 40% of those people have no access to electricity – and the amount with access to a reliable, quality supply is even smaller.
The centralised energy system currently favoured by policy makers is not delivering electricity fairly, especially to those who live in rural areas.
As the climate talks in Durban continue, we’ve taken a close look at eleven cases across India in which pioneering individuals are taking a fresh approach, and creating reliable energy services through decentralised renewable energy systems.
"Taking Charge" is published by Greenpeace, with photographs by leading Indian photojournalists. The full report is available to download here.
The social side of decentralised renewable energy:
Technology is fairly straightforward – it’s the social aspects that are the most complex. Access to energy is intricately connected to economic and social advantage. So what happens when entrepreneurs, innovators and ordinary communities take their energy futures into their own hands?
Who manages it, pays for it, and benefits from it?