ACCESS welcomes new members

The ACCESS Coalition has welcomed four new members to our network: Energy4Impact, HEDON, Mercy Corps and People, Energy & Environment Development Association (PEEDA).

Energy4Impact

energy4impact.org @Energy4Impact

Energy 4 Impact supports businesses that provide energy access to off-grid communities in Africa in the form of energy-efficient domestic and institutional cookstoves, briquettes, solar lighting and home systems, biogas and mini-grid electrification.

We believe that business, not aid, is the best way to provide long-term solutions, so we aim to develop the capacity of enterprises to deliver energy access. Through a unique, client-focussed approach, our development, financial, technical and advisory support to businesses helps them build sustainable local energy markets.

HEDON Household Energy Network

hedon.info @HEDONenergy

A global platform of energy practitioners, focussing on access to energy at the household and community level. Publisher of the peer-reviewed journal Boiling Point.

Mercy Corps

mercycorps.org @mercycorps

Mercy Corps believes that communities are the best agents of their own change, local markets are the best engines of sustainable recovery and success is built on the foundation of good governance.

Mercy Corps strategy for change is: to focus on places in transition, where conflict, disaster, political upheaval or economic collapse present opportunities to challenge the status quo and build more secure, productive and just communities; to provide emergency relief in times of crisis, then move quickly to help communities recover and build resilience to future shocks; to promote sustainable change by supporting initiatives that are community-led, market-driven and promote good governance; to seek innovation that creates major breakthroughs against poverty and lasting change in the places we work.

Mercy Corps’ experience shows that access to reliable, affordable and safe forms of energy can be transformational by amplifying development objectives and putting the conditions in place to build more secure, productive and just communities.

To meet the goal of long-term and sustainable access to energy, Mercy Corps takes a dedicated market-based approach.

Our programs work with a wide range of local and global commercial actors to help test and demonstrate business models that have the potential to scale-up to meet the energy needs of off-grid communities

Mercy Corps believes consideration of climate challenges, landscape-scale natural resource management, and energy access are all required to support long-term, resilient development. We seek context-appropriate development strategies that harness the opportunities presented by new technologies, partnerships and commercial models. By doing so, we aim to enable sustainable access and use of resources as a direct and vital input for equitable economic growth.

People, Energy & Environment Development Association (PEEDA)

People, Energy & Environment Development Association (PEEDA) was established in 1997 to enhance the renewable energy sector in Nepal and mobilizes local and external resources to harness the indigenous energy resources of the country to promote poverty alleviation activities. It focuses mainly on institutional development, participation with stakeholders at the grass root level, research into new technologies and lobbying for policy change. PEEDA has also conducted several training events related to management within the energy sector with the aim of building the capacity of people involved in the development sectors.

In the recent years, PEEDA has implemented a number of different energy projects such as:

a) Pico-Hydro Promotion Project: Using a locally developed turbine design, PEEDA has spearheaded its research and development in Nepal over the past 8 years, implementing it in a number of pilot sites

b) Micro-Hydro project in Bhutan: PEEDA assisted Tarayana Foundation Bhutan to implement a 32 kW micro hydro project in Zenmgang, Bhutan, supported by the Alstom Foundation

c) Jatropha Biofuel: PEEDA have worked on a number of Jatropha projects, with the aim of developing a sustainable and economical biofuel supply chain. Working with a community in central Nepal, Jatropha plant nurseries have been set-up and educated locals in how to grow and collect the oil from the seeds. The biofuel has been used to augment diesel in a generator set, and also for replacing firewood to cook by using kerosene-based stoves.

 

Visit the members section of our website to find out more about the organisations in ACCESS.

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