Renewable energy for rural livelihoods in MNRE-UNDP-FRG project villages in Rajasthan and Uttarakhand: a report

The Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihoods (RERL) project tries to demonstrate the use of renewable sources of energy in reducing poverty through improved quality of life and increased livelihood opportunities in remote, non-electrified villages of India that are not likely to get electricity from the grid. The objectives of the Project are to: raise economic levels of households through the delivery of a comprehensive package of energy services for meeting the needs of cooking, lighting and motive power from renewable sources; use the energy for economic activity, such that as many households as possible benefit from the project and are able to sustainably cross the poverty line; achieve investment efficiency; and reduce drudgery and loss of time in fetching fuel-wood and water, etc.