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The Climate Group joins Asian Development Bank’s Energy for All partnership to bring renewables to 33,000 offgrid villages in India

13 September 2013
The Climate Group joins Asian Development Bank’s Energy for All partnership to bring renewables to 33,000 offgrid villages in India

NEW DELHI The Climate Group joins Asian Development Bank’s Energy for All initiative, as the immediate need to address climate change coupled with rising fossil fuel prices and concerns over energy security has put clean energy at the forefront of the Indian government’s agenda.

The World Bank estimates that over 1.2 billion people--20% of the world’s population--are still without access to electricity worldwide. Asia and the Pacific region is home to the majority of the world’s energy poor; there are an estimated 700 million people without access to electricity. The Climate Group and Asian Development's partnership aims to connect this off-grid population to renewable energy powered electricity sources.

The Energy for All Partnership was formed by the Asian Development Bank in 2008, to build platforms for cooperation, exchange, innovation and project development for solutions to widespread energy poverty. This partnership brings together key stakeholders from business, finance, government, and NGOs for a singular purpose: to drive action towards a goal of providing energy access to 100 million people in Asia and the Pacific Region by 2015.

The Climate Group’s Rural Access to Energy in India project, principally funded by Nationale Postcode Loterij (of the Netherlands), will operate across three states in India to improve rural access to energy in a set of communities over two years using renewable energy sources. The Climate Group will use this opportunity to pilot game-changing business models, ranging from hand-held systems to home lighting systems and micro-grids, in order to identify one or more business models that have the potential to scale-up rapidly to reach the 33,000 villages in India that are un-electrified--and eventually the rest of the developing world.

Subaskar Sitsabeshan, Programme Analyst, The Climate Group, explained: "Joining the Asian Development Bank’s Energy for all partnership is a great opportunity and a platform for both The Climate Group and the Bank's Energy for All partnerships members. We at The Climate Group can exchange innovative ideas and share best practice whilst Energy for All members have the opportunity to learn from our experience in rural India to solve the energy crisis that is widespread across this region. We are excited about this partnership and are looking for further collaboration with the Asian development Bank in this space."

If you’d like to be part of our work or interested in learning more about this project, please contact Subaskar Sitsabeshan, Programme Analyst at

Read more about the Energy for All Partnership

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