Learning How to Empower Off-Grid Communities through Clean Energy Solutions

Speaker: Oorja

Oorja combats energy poverty by transforming crop waste and sunlight into electricity and biochar (a natural charcoal-like substance that help restore degraded soils) for off-grid people in rural India. Its programs also aims to build sustainable communities by transferring ownership of Oorja’s mini power plants to local micro-entrepreneurs and women’s self-help groups.

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About This Speaker

Key Info about the Speaker

Name: Oorja
Type: Social enterprise
Founded in: 2015
Headquarters: Mumbai, India
Operates in: India

Watch This Video

Chambon, Clémentine (Co-founder and CTO of Oorja). "Oorja in 2 minutes!" YouTube video. Posted by Oorja: Empowering Rural Communities, June 2016.

Who Will Be Your Interlocutor?

Name: Amit Saraogi
Title: Co-founder and CEO of Oorja
More: M.I.A., Economic and Political Development, Columbia University; Echoing Green Climate Fellow 2015.


Learning Goals of the Videoconference

  • Explain how poverty is responsible for energy access issue in developing countries through the example of household fossil-fuel combustion.
  • Explain how poverty may be responsible for health-impacting habits through the example of indoor air pollution.
  • Explain how human activities can impact environmental sustainability through the example of fossil-fuel combustion, which is responsible for CO2 air pollution.
  • Examine strategies to replace the use of non-renewable resources by sustainable, green-technology solutions.
  • Examine how green agricultural technology can provide solutions for local rural development through the example of Oorja’s work with Indian farmers.
  • Identify the objectives, key programs, and accomplishments of a green-tech nonprofit whose mission is to transform crop waste to generate electricity and biochar for off-grid people in rural India.
  • Identify skills and strategies required to create effective change for a public health and environmental issue through green-tech innovation.

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