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Government Of Assam Science and Technology Assam Energy Development Agency

MNRE-UNDP GEF Rural Livelihood

MNRE - UNDP/GEF Project on “Scale Up of Access to Clean Energy for Rural Productive Uses”

Introduction:

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, being the nodal Ministry of Govt. of India, is responsible for development, deployment and promotion of renewable energy in the country. The Ministry has a wide range of programmes for harnessing energy from various renewable sources. As a part of this MNRE-UNDP/GEF assisted Project, Ministry invites proposals from Rural Entrepreneurs for establishing infrastructure (Entrepreneurial Hubs) for assembling, supplying, after-sales servicing, training of technicians/ operators of off-grid Renewable Energy (RE) systems or devices for rural livelihoods in identified districts of the state of Assam, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh.

The key livelihood sectors in above mentioned 3 states are agriculture, animal husbandry, bamboo, fisheries, handloom, silk and forestry. Lack of access to reliable, affordable and clean energy plagues these livelihood sectors. Many rural livelihood enterprises turn to expensive to-operate diesel generators for electricity supply. Under such a situation, Renewable Energy can provide a more affordable and reliable alternative to diesel generators and help in achieving higher and stable productivity in these sectors.

However, on the other hand there is less penetration of RE technology systems/devices in these States. Hence there is a need to develop supply chain network of RE systems/ devices by supporting entrepreneurial activity in the RE sector.

MNRE, therefore, invites proposals from Rural Entrepreneurs for creating infrastructure for assembling, supplying, after-sales servicing, training of technicians/ operators of off-grid RE systems or devices in identified districts of the state of Assam, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha under the MNRE - UNDP/GEF Project on “Scale Up of Access to Clean Energy for Rural Productive Uses”.

The six identified districts of Assam are–

1. Barpeta
2. Nalbari
3. Kamrup Rural
4. Darrang
5. Udalguri
6. Goalpara

The identified livelihood sectors are Poultry, Dairy, Fisheries, Horticulture and Cottage Industries (Pottery, Smithy, Carpentry, Textile, handicraft, embroidery, weaving, spinning, leather, handmade paper, Production of building materials).

Objective:

The objective of supporting the supply chain activities are as under:

1. To provide financial grant assistance to Rural Entrepreneurs to accelerate the penetration of off-grid Renewable Energy Systems/ Devices in Rural Livelihoods in selected Districts of each State.
2. To ensure supply chains are readily accessible for population living in rural and remote villages of selected Districts and to ensure continuity in provision of electricity.
3. To train young technicians/ operators of off-grid RE systems or devices.

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