In Tanzania, which is Norges Vel's primary partner in Africa, only 10 percent of the inhabitants have access to electricity. Norges Vel's focus on renewable energy takes both local needs and international challenges into account.
Norges Vel works with bio-energy and the utilisation of agricultural waste to create environmentaly friendly energy. This work in agriculture and environment synergises well. In addition the focus on renewable energy is about solar energy and biogas.
For Norges Vel it is important to contribute to creating viable and sustainable places of employment. By gaining access to energy to run machines, the chances of creating viable and profitable businesses increase.
Increased access to renewable resources also aids equality. Women and girls do not have to spend as much time fetching fuel for fires. There is also a positive side to this health wise. In Africa about 2 million people, mostly women and children, die because they get choked by the smoke when they are indoors making food.
Electricity contributes to development and business opportunities
To contribute to the consumption of electricty is counted as one of the best ways to ensure development for people and communities in addition to it providing excellent business opportunities. Norges vel's goal is to identify and realise opportunities for developing projects within hydroelectrics, bio-energy and solar power where the ownership is local.
Competency building and creation of local networks are key in this. Connections are forged between universities, technological institutions, companies, volunteer organisations og authorities to realise the projects.
In Uganda only six percent of the inhabitants have access to electricity. Wood and coal being the most common sources of energy. The need for more energy sources is massive, and Norges Vel is working on multiple projects within renewable energy in the East African country.
Creating profitable small scale businesses with renewable energy
Norges Vel's work with renewable energy has the purpose of identifying and realising projects, companies and supply chains with local ownership in close cooperation with local partners.
These are some of the methods we used:
- Develop local business opportunities for small scale projects within renewable energy
- Demonstrate relevant technologies and business models
- Competence boosting, network building and starting aid for organisations
- Establish incubators for business development within renewable energy