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Clean energy supply chain in Karnataka villages, India

To enable doorstep access to energy-efficient CFLs, pressure cookers, stoves, solar lighting system and lanterns, biogas and household hydro in the villages of the Indian state of Karnataka, by applying a sustainable, replicable supply chain business model to RE/EE solutions.


28° 36' 0" N, 77° 12' 0" E
Main activity and output: 
  • Create a network of 15-18 supply chain establishments, encouraging local entrepreneurs and NGOs to establish retail outlets.
  • Partner with microfinance entities to introduce efficient lighting/cooking as part of their product line and establish joint enterprises to provide lighting/cooking solutions for different market segments and applications
  • Structure mass guarantees/tie ups with banks and microfinance institutions to provide financing to end users.
Expected impact: 
  • Expansion of a successful S3IDF model to RE/EE supply chain projects and the creation of new, qualified owner/operators
  • Generation of employment through direct ownership/operation of the projects, and indirectly by efficient products improving the time available for other productive work.
  • Additional financial resources mobilised through  socially/environmentally conscious individuals  and organizations
  • Growth in local RE/EE experience and expertise amongst local communities, entrepreneurs, technical partners and financing institutions  
  • Mainstreaming of investments in the RE/EE space with the supply chain initiatives being a mechanism to involve local FIs in credit to these investments
  • Provision of learnings for structuring a viable, profitable means of delivery of RE/EE products to rural masses