Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Solar Power Training for 2014


NEW COURSE MODULE COMING SOON!

IST offer courses for 2014 as bellows: 






Opportunities & Issues in the Indian Renewable Energy Sector 2013











Solar power in India now accounts for over 2GW of the country’s electricity generation capacity, according to government figures. Tobias Engelmeier, managing director at Bridge to India said in a recent blog that “Solar power is the only currently commercially available source of power that could both provide enough power from within the country to meet India’s rising demand and in addition offer distributed solutions that are less dependent on grid extension.”

The Ministry Of New and Renewable Energy is promoting the grid connected solar rooftop systems in the country under Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. Central Financial Assistance upto 30 percent of the benchmark cost of the project is provided for setting up of the solar rooftop systems which generate the power and are connected to the grid.

Government has launched Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) on January 11, 2010. The Mission targets deployment of 20,000 MW of grid connected solar power by 2022 in three phases. An enabling policy & regulatory environment has been created under the Mission to promote grid connected solar power generation.
Source

Subsidy to Electrical Vehicles 
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has provided Central Financial Assistance for purchasing of new battery operated vehicles (four wheelers and two wheelers) and has supported 47000 vehicles. 

Cost of Generation of Renewable Energy 
The cost of generation of power from renewable energy sources such as wind, small-hydro, and biomass has not decreased over the last five years due to rise in costs of civil works, plant and machinery and power evacuation cost. However, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC)’s Orders for determination of Tariff for Grid Solar Power indicate a decrease in the grid solar power tariffs in the last five years from Rs 18.44 per kWh to Rs. 8.75 per kWh.


Friday, 20 December 2013

বিপর্যয় এড়াতে ভূগর্ভের জলস্তর রক্ষা করার ডাক

মাটির নীচের জলভাণ্ডার যত ক্ষয়িষ্ণু হবে, তত বাড়বে দূষণ। ভবিষ্যতে এমন একটা দিন আসতে পারে, যখন তৃষ্ণা মেটানোর জল জোটানোও দুষ্কর হয়ে পড়বে। এই হুঁশিয়ারি দিয়ে কৃষি ও অন্য কাজে ভূগর্ভস্থ জলের ব্যবহার অবিলম্বে নিয়ন্ত্রণ করার পরামর্শ দিলেন বিশেষজ্ঞেরা।
বৃহস্পতিবার কলকাতায় জল সংরক্ষণ সংক্রান্ত এক আলোচনাচক্রে কেন্দ্রীয় ভূ-জল পর্ষদের অধিকর্তা গৌরাঙ্গচরণ পতি জানান, সেচে ভূগর্ভস্থ জল ব্যবহারের নিরিখে পূর্ব ভারতে পশ্চিমবঙ্গের স্থান তৃতীয়। মাটির নীচ থেকে যথেচ্ছ জল তুলে নিলে আগামী দিনে পশ্চিমবঙ্গে পানীয় জলের আকাল দেখা দিতে পারে বলে সতর্ক করেছেন তিনি। শুধু তা-ই নয়, অন্য বিপদও আসতে পারে। “পশ্চিমবঙ্গের ভূগর্ভস্থ জলে আর্সেনিক ও ফ্লুওরাইডের দূষণ ছড়াচ্ছে। খুবই চিন্তার বিষয়। ভূগর্ভের জলস্তর যত নামবে, তত বাড়বে এই দুই দূষণ।” বলেন তিনি।
এই অবস্থায় বিপর্যয় এড়াতে ভূগর্ভের জল ব্যবহারে সচেতন হতে আহ্বান জানিয়েছেন তিনি। কিন্তু পশ্চিমবঙ্গ সরকার তো সম্প্রতি গ্রামে সেচ-নলকূপ ব্যবহারের উপরে নিয়ন্ত্রণ তুলে দিয়েছে! এমনকী চাষিরা যাতে ভূগর্ভের জল আরও বেশি করে সেচের কাজে লাগাতে পারেন, সেই লক্ষ্যে সেচ-পাম্পে ভর্তুকির ব্যবস্থাও করা হয়েছে! এ নিয়ে তিনি কী বলছেন?
গৌরাঙ্গবাবুর জবাব, “ভূগর্ভস্থ জল সংশ্লিষ্ট রাজ্যের সম্পত্তি। তা ছাড়া রাজ্য সরকারের পৃথক ভূ-জল পর্ষদ রয়েছে। রাজ্যই সিদ্ধান্ত নেবে।” সঙ্কটের পিছনে তিনি শুধু কৃষি-সেচে ভূগর্ভস্থ জলের ব্যবহারকে দায়ী করতে নারাজ। কেন্দ্রীয় পর্ষদের অধিকর্তার কথায়, “দেশে জীবনযাত্রায় পরিবর্তন আসায় গেরস্থালির কাজেও মাটির নীচের জলের ব্যবহার বাড়ছে। ফলে ভাঁড়ারে টান পড়ছে।” নদী-বিশেষজ্ঞ কল্যাণ রুদ্র জানান, ফি বছর রাজ্যের ১৭৪টি ব্লকে ২০ সেন্টিমিটার করে জলস্তর নেমে যাচ্ছে। অন্তত সমীক্ষায় তা-ই ধরা পড়েছে বলে কল্যাণবাবুর দাবি।
পাতাল-জলের ভাণ্ডারে এ হেন দুর্দশার ছবি স্পষ্ট কেন্দ্রীয় ভূ-জল পর্ষদের তথ্যেও। তা অনুযায়ী, পশ্চিমবঙ্গের ৩৮টি জেলায় ভূগর্ভস্থ জলস্তর আধা-সঙ্কটাপন্ন (সেমি ক্রিটিক্যাল)
Source: ৪ পৌষ ১৪২০ শুক্রবার ২০ ডিসেম্বর ২০১৩

600 MW of solar rooftop installations on homes by 2018

Going by the 2011 Census, India has around 330 million houses, with 140 million houses having proper roofs which can accommodate on an average 1-3kWp of solar PV system. Among the 140 million houses, around 130 million are having two rooms. Besides, there are other commercial buildings, shopping complexes and offices that can accommodate larger solar PV capacities. Taking into account the houses with two rooms, approximately 25000 MW of solar capacity can be installed by putting solar panels on 20 per cent of the roofs.

With quality sunshine around the year, and huge availability of rooftop space in the country, India can kick out the power woes by installing solar panels on them. As of now, there is clear lack of awareness and the will to harness the potential that could help the country address the issue of energy security to a greater extent.

A market study on the residential solar segment in India and estimates that this market will grow up to 600 MW by 2018. This equates to at least 200,000 residential consumers adopting solar in the next 5 years.  We arrived at this estimate based on factors such as irradiation, power demand-supply situation and future effect of net metering (exchange of power from the grid). (Source: BRIDGE TO INDIA)

Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi are expected to be early adopters of residential solar primarily due to high power tariffs in Maharashtra and Delhi and power deficit in Tamil Nadu. The adoption rate is mainly driven by need for reliable power and does not take government incentive into consideration. That indeed would be an added advantage, given the high cost of rooftop systems. Government support improves the viability of these rooftop plants. For example- recently, Tamil Nadu announced a subsidy of 50% to install a solar rooftop plant of 1kW (without batteries) for residential systems for the first 10,000 applicants. Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh will also become key states going forward because of the high power demand in these states.

However, the distributed solar market in India is very fragmented with lots of small, regional players. This creates a problem for end consumers as to how to differentiate various vendors and their product offerings.


Green Business Workshops & Training

To turn the youth into green jobs, we need to train and educate youth such that they have the skills that match the work required for development. India today faces a major skills mismatch in the job market, where workers do not have the specific skills that business leaders need in their employees.

At IST we aim to provide the PV solar technical skills with business and personnel management. We place focus on practical based learning with a stronger emphasis on skills, along with using the latest case studies. This form of learning will also demonstrate a model to build a new education system for India, founded on practical realities that our future workers will face.

Green energy Training and Workshops

IST provides training courses and workshops with basic skills and knowledge on climate change and environmental sustainability within business, that will increase your green job potential. We will do an introduction on PV solar system and its solutions, an over view of the carbon markets, environmental regulation, changing market forces and stakeholder values, and finally case studies from different industries exemplifying the Green jobs created.

If you are interested in a more detailed program and quotes please send your request and details to customercaregps@gmail.com .

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Accelerating Solar Energy at the Local Level

There are some common misunderstandings about solar technologies that we run into, that we need to clear up so that you can all become advocates for solar if you are not already.

hroughout the course you will learn a range of practical skills to enable you to work as a domestic installer. You will be assigned your own consumer unit and from there build lighting circuits, socket outlet circuits, cooker & shower circuits and much more. You will also learn the essentials of earthing and bonding as well as how to correctly use the tools of the trade. 

Monday, 16 December 2013

Green Energy Technology in Public Buildings

Green Energy Technology in Public Buildings

Building Energy will help you understand your options. 

Solar technology is advancing rapidly and Dynamic Solar Tech is at the forefront. With our creative design team and today’s technologies you have choices beyond standard solar panel installations. Contact us for a FREE COMPETITIVE quote for using solar to generate electricity and to heat domestic water. We are experienced in Solar PV (Photovoltaic), Solar Hot Water systems.
Solar energy offers these advantages
over conventional energy:
■ Free after recovering upfront capital costs. Payback time can be relatively short.
■ Available everywhere and inexhaustible.
■ Clean, reducing demand for fossil fuels and hydroelectricity, and their environmental drawbacks.
■ Can be building-integrated, which can reduce energy distribution needs.
Building Energy’s team of experienced solar professionals will help you understand, assess, and plan the solar energy solution that best meets your needs. We will work as your partner through all the various stages of solar system implementation including site assessment, component selection, and installation.
A Site Assessment includes a shading analysis, roof inspection and review of your existing mechanical systems. We will also review your recent utility bills with you so that we can recommend the best system to meet your energy requirements.
Building design issues Careful solar design can:
■ Maximize possible solar transmission and absorption in winter to minimize or reduce to zero the heating energy consumption, while preventing overheating.
■ Use received solar gains for instantaneous heating load and store the remainder in embodied thermal mass or specially built storage devices.
■ Reduce heat losses using insulation and windows with high solar heat gain factors.
■ Employ shading control devices or strategically planted deciduous trees to exclude summer solar gains that create additional cooling load.
■ Employ natural ventilation to transfer heat from hot zones to cool zones in winter and for natural cooling in the summer; use ground-source cooling and heating to transfer heat to and from the underground, which is more or less at a constant temperature, and utilize evaporative cooling.
Design procedure
The initial design steps in solar design are to:
1. Set performance targets for energy sources and uses.
2. Minimize heating and cooling loads through orientation, massing, envelope and landscape design.
3. Maximize solar and other renewable energy to meet the building load, then to design efficient systems that are integrated with the building envelope performance characteristics.
4. Use simple energy simulation tools and detailed simulations in evaluating options at the early design stages and later to assess alternatives.
Wondering if you should FINANCE TO OWN OR LEASE your solar system? 

Our services include:

  • FREE Site evaluation
  • Technology and product recommendations
  • Return on investment calculations
  • System design
  • Permitting
  • System installation
For those who want a more aesthetic solar installation, building-integrated or building-applied solutions are the answer. Talk to us before you talk to your architect or designer to include these ideas in your designs.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Solar-Green Cities


State-wise list of 48 Cities for which in-principle approval has been given
Sl.No. State Cities for which in-principle approval given 
1. Andhra Pradesh 1.  Vijaywada*
2. 

Assam 2.  Guwahati , 3.  Jorhat*
3. 

Arunachal Pradesh 4.  Itanagar*
4. 

Chandigarh 5. Chandigarh *
5. 

Chhattisgarh 6.  Bilaspur* , 7.  Raipur*
6. 

Gujarat 8.  Rajkot* , 9.  Gandhinagar* , 10.Surat
7. 

Goa 11.  Panji City*
8. 

Haryana 12. Gurgaon* , 13. Faridabad*
9. 

Himachal Pradesh 14.  Shimla * , 15.  Hamirpur*
10. 

Karnataka 16. Mysore* , 17. Hubli-Dharwad*
11. 

Kerala 18. Thiruvananthapuram , 19. Kochi
12. 

Maharashtra 20. Nagpur* , 21. Thane* , 22.Kalyan-Dombiwali* ,              23. Aurangabad , 24. Nanded , 25. Shirdi
13. 

Madhya Pradesh 26. Indore , 27.Gwalior* , 28. Bhopal , 29. Rewa
14. 

Manipur 30. Imphal*
15. 

Mizoram 31. Aizawl*
16. 

Nagaland 32. Kohima* , 33. Dimapur
17. 

Orissa 34. Bhubaneswar
18. 

Punjab 35.  Amritsar* , 36.  Ludhiana*, 37.  SAS Nagar (Mohali)
19. 

Rajasthan 38. Ajmer , 39. Jaipur , 40. Jodhpur*
20. 

Tamil Nadu 41. Coimbatore
21. 

Tripura 42. Agartala*
22. 

Uttrakhand 43. Dehradun* , 44. Haridwar & Rishikesh* , 45. Chamoli-Gopeshwar
23. 

Uttar Pradesh 46. Agra* , 47. Moradabad*
24. 

West Bengal 48. Howrah
     * Sanction issued for these Cities

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Environmental Education through Green-Club


Students are initially invited to help with our local environmental activities and those who are interested are then selected to enroll. The membership fee is 10 rupees, and they receive a Green Club note book.



Objectives of the Green Club
Their objectives are:

  1. To create awareness of biodiversity conservation and local environmental issues among schoolchildren.
  2. To create a ‘clean and green consciousness’ among students through various innovative methods.
  3. To involve Green Club students in open-orientation programmes in schools and public areas.


Phase 1: environmental awareness programmes

One-day environmental education camp
One-day environmental education camp (EEC) are exclusively for Green Club students. Once a Green Club is formed, all members are brought together to the Genetic Garden, and briefed with a short introduction about: the environment, an explanation of Green Club goals, a slide show on the vanishing forest, a video on “Green Health”, as well as an overall description of the present status and future threats to plants. This is followed by a guided walk around the Garden, where they see native medicinal plants and threatened floras, as well as the waste recycling unit. Before their departure, students are divided into groups for an informal quiz to gauge their understanding and get feedback about the EEC. The group winners are provided with a small token gift. At the end of the day, students are encouraged to write imaginatively about their experiences.

The strength of the one-day programmes is that, for many students, this is their first time out of their classroom in a more informal learning environment. For them it is an unusual and exciting experience. It is important to us that we treat each student as our friend and encourage him or her to interact with us freely. Green Club coordinators from different schools have commented that, after a programme, students have volunteered to water plants, clean their school campus and generally get involved in environmental work.

Core team teachers and the Teachers Forum
The core team for this environmental education work is a group of enthusiastic teachers that represent schools from each eco-zone.

Phase 2: the impact of our awareness programmes

We have created several programmes to help students’ understanding and imagination:

Growing and maintaining medicinal plants at school and at home
After attending our training programmes, motivated students have collected tree species from our Garden nursery or from the local forest nursery, and grown these trees in their schools. These students are collectively taking care of each tree. A lot of students have also collected medicinal plants from Genetic Garden, and planted them in their backyards. By planting specific plants useful in primary health care, families now know more about medicinal plants and believe in their indigenous medicine.

Green Club students are encouraged to work in the Gardens in their own time. The Green School Garden is divided into medicinal, green vegetable, nutrition and an herbal demonstration garden. The overall objective of the Garden is to grow plants and encourage the students and public, to access medicinal plants for their primary health care use. The students look after the watering and weeding, and organically maintain the Garden with effective utilisation of solid waste and organic pest control measures.

Phase 3: open-orientation programmes

Part of our training is to take the Green Club students onto the streets to help spread awareness to the public.
Cleaning schools and public places
Once a year, Green Club students meet to evaluate their work and fill in a questionnaire. They are also expected to get involved in the waste-recycling management: cleaning public streets, removing plastic carrier-bags, bottles, plastics and organic waste. Carrier-bags and organic waste are then buried in a deep pit. Green Club students are also encouraged to clean their school once a fortnight. Cleaning includes organic composting and taking care of the gardens.

Phase 4: planning the future of the Green Clubs

We are planning to establish 100 Green Clubs, so that local schools can access our resources and create awareness among students and the wider community, for the protection of our environment and biodiversity conservation.

Conclusions

Any successful project requires determination, dedication, commitment and an active role-model. We have also recognised the need to create a strong, consensual network between all members. We should always keep in mind the following maxims:


  • BE A ROLE MODEL
  • AWARENESS & EDUCATION FIRST
  • GOOD RAPPORT
  • AWARNESS + ACTION = SUCCESS
  • REGULAR FOLLOW UP
  • REGULAR EVALUATIONS
  • LOVE KIDS + RESPECT TEACHERS = EXPECT MIRACLES



Tuesday, 26 November 2013

How to Start Solar Energy Business

You can become one of the big entrepreneurs in this business that requires no financial investment. Investing your talent and passion in the solar energy business will make you a successful entrepreneur.


Starting your own solar energy business can become big even if you are also one of the consumers of these products. It starts with renting the solar energy system for your home. In order to give you the step by step method then keep on reading.


It starts with being a solar energy consultant where you have to educate these people on how they can use the solar energy system and save a lot of energy and even make business out of it with no investments at all. All they have to do is to learn and use the solar energy by renting it

All you have to do is to complete the necessary training and passing them means you are now eligible to manage your own solar energy business. With this small business opportunity, you will have to do the second step which is training for the detailed information about the solar energy industry. You will be given training tools and they will teach you how everything works which includes the installation of the system. Having knowledge in electricity is not necessary because it is actually easy to install. What you need to do is to be attentive and open-minded. What’s good about being involved in this business is that the support is ongoing and everyone will surely succeed and earn.

Rooftop Solar System Training at Institute of Solar Technology, Howrah, WB

Rooftops are the most practical places for solar power systems. All un-shaded flat or sloping  roof types, are ideal for solar systems. A flat rooftop is an ideal and easy space to install solar panels,

An important consider is the location and angle of the solar modules.Solar panels are ideally installed facing south at a the 30 degree angle. However, some solar mounts come at pre-fabricated angles. A professional who has gone through solar installation training at Institute of Solar Technology should be able to determine the best angle and direction for the panels, including whether the panels are better off facing east-west or north-south.

Before working  with rooftop PV project, install location and technical specification must be considered. The trained solar installers will have to either take the necessary precautions to eliminate related issues or consider alternative ways.  

One of the greatest benefits of the solar project has been to the environment. IST's focus on sustainability has allowed the entrepreneur to reduce its carbon footprint and use of the world's finite resources. 

Friday, 15 November 2013

Solar Power Training for Youth



Short Term Training
Long Term Training
Home Study *
Advanced Certificate in Photovoltaic System Technician - 



Duration: 1 Month/80 Hours
Class Time: Monday to Friday - 4 Hours/day 
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Advanced Certificate in Photovoltaic System Business Management 

Duration: 3 Weeks/60 Hours 
Class Time: Monday to Friday - 4 Hours/day More>> 

Advanced Certificate in Photovoltaic System Installer

Duration: 3 Weeks/70 Hours 
Class Time: Monday to Friday - 5 Hours/day  More>> 

Advanced Certificate in Photovoltaic Power Plant Maintenance

Duration: 3 Weeks/70 Hours 
Class Time: Monday to Friday - 4.5 Hours/day More>> 

Certificate in Photovoltaic Module Manufacturing Process

Duration: 2 Weeks/50 Hours 
Class Time: Monday to Friday - 5 Hours/day  More>>
Advanced Certificate in Photovoltaic System Technician - 



Duration: 6 Months 
Class Time: Saturday and Sunday - 2 Hours/day 
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Advanced Certificate in Photovoltaic System Business Management 

Duration: 6 Months 
Class Time: Saturday and Sunday - 2 Hours/day More>> 

Advanced Certificate in Photovoltaic System Installer

Duration: 6 Months 
Class Time: Saturday and Sunday - 2 Hours/day  More>> 

Advanced Certificate in Photovoltaic Power Plant Maintenance

Duration: 6 Months 
Class Time: Saturday and Sunday - 2 Hours/day More>> 

Certificate in Photovoltaic Module Manufacturing Process

Duration: 3 Months 
Class Time: Saturday and Sunday-2 Hours/day More>>
Advanced Certificate in Photovoltaic System Technician - 



Duration: 6 Months 
Class Time: Two days Practical Class & online support More>> 

Advanced Certificate in Photovoltaic System Business Management 

Duration: 6 Months 
Class Time: Two days Practical Class & online support More>> 

Advanced Certificate in Photovoltaic System Installer

Duration: 6 Months 
Class Time: Two days Practical Class & online support More>> 

Advanced Certificate in Photovoltaic Power Plant Maintenance

Duration: 6 Months 
Class Time: Two days Practical Class & online support More>> 


* Home Study: This is combine synchronous and asynchronous learning to create a structure in which the student is required to meet at a specific time in practical classroom[1] or online support (Internet chat room). Who are engaged in PV system job, can enroll in this system. However, they are allowed to complete assignments on their own time and may pass through an examination.



Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Free E-course on Solar Technology

“The Power Is In Your Hands”: 

"The true wealth of a Nation consists not in the stored-up gold in its coffers and banks, not in the factories, but in the intellectual and physical strength of its men, women and children." - Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman

IST on Thursday, 7th November, 2013 celebrated CV Raman's 125th birthday by dedicating this free E-course - "The Power Is In Your Hands" for children. For kids of all ages, there is always something new to learn about science and technology. IST supports Solar Energy education through educational online content.

Because of a growing interest in renewable energy and the increasingly competitive prices of alternative energy sources, solar power has received a lot of attention over the past several years. However, solar power generation itself is not new; it has been used for more than half a century, mostly on a small scale or for specialized purposes, such as generating electricity for spacecraft and satellites or for use in remote areas.

Course contents of  - "The Power Is In Your Hands"

1. Energy Efficiency Green Roofs
These lessons are assembled to give a rounded explanation of green building, the structure of a basic house, how the house performs as a thermal envelope, the importance and science of air quality and some methodology on the advances in home testing that will expose energy loss in a finished house.

2. Energy Efficiency Science
This curriculum provides energy efficiency and green roofs lessons to be integrated into high school science courses.


Eligibility of participants

• It is open for children in the age of 10 to 14 years (lower age group) and from 14+ to 17 years (upper age group).
• No one can do the project – study under a teacher guide.
• Parents, whose child would participate in the E-course, should be support to get online course materials.

• Free admission & free raffles of "green" and solar-powered items.
• Preregistration required - please send e-mail with complete information below.

  1. Candidate Name:
  2. Father's Name:
  3. Mother's Name: 
  4. Date of Birth (with age prove) :
  5. Age Group: Lower / Upper 
  6. Student of Class (with prove): V / VI / VII / VIII / IX / X 
  7. School Name:
  8. School Address: 
  9. Full Postal Address: 
  10. Father's Mobile No: 
  11. Candidate Photo: 
Attach Age prove, Last Mark sheet/Certificate which get from School, School ID card
Send to customercaregps@gmail.com 

MORE PV SOLAR TRAINING FOR YOUTH
NEW COURSE MODULE COMING SOON!

Monday, 11 November 2013

Sustainable Community Development

Institute of Solar Technology has been established by "Global Advanced Training & Educational Trust". IST is an academic and research-oriented self project that has worked in partnership with companies, women's organizations, community development associations and sociological research institutes. Join with us and build Sustainable Community.

NGOs have shown leadership in promoting sustainable community development. Due to their particular ideology and nature, NGOs are good at reaching out to the poor and remote communities and mobilizing these populations. They can also empower these populations to regain control of their lives and can work with and strengthen local organizations. In addition, such NGOs can carry out projects more efficiently and at lower costs than government agencies and, most importantly, promote sustainable development.

The five dimensions of sustainable community development are as follows:

  1. Increasing local economic diversity
  2. Self reliance: development of local markets, local production, local processing, greater co-operation among local economic entities
  3. Reduction in the use of energy combined with recycling and management of waste products
  4. Protection and enhancement of biological diversity and stewardship of natural resources commitment of sustainable communities to social justice.
  5. This can be done by funding projects, contributing to awareness, and promoting the self-organization of various groups.

Sustainable Development:
NGOs have played a significant role in promoting sustainable development at the international level. In response to such concerns, many corporations are embracing a stakeholder approach that looks at the impact of business activity on customers, employees, communities, and other interested groups. There are numerous visible manifestations of this shift. The primary one has been an increased attention to social and environmental affairs. Many corporations are taking responsibility for their actions and are starting to report on the impact of their activities. A secondary shift is more heartening: Many companies have designed management structures that integrate sustainable development concerns.

Sustainable Consumption:
NGOs can also play an important role as partners to business/industry in promoting sustainable consumption. Some of the instances where this partnership has been successful is in categories such as product development, sustainable housing, labeling, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), green purchasing, marine stewardship, and so on. 

By working together, [HUD, DOT, and EPA] can make sure that when it comes to development—housing, transportation, energy efficiency—these things aren’t mutually exclusive; they go hand in hand. And that means making sure that affordable housing exists in close proximity to jobs and transportation. That means encouraging shorter travel times and lower travel costs. It means safer, greener, more livable communities. 
–President Barack Obama

Developing more sustainable communities is important to our national goals of strengthening our economy, creating good jobs now while providing a foundation for lasting prosperity, using energy more efficiently to secure energy independence, and protecting our natural environment and human health. 


Sustainability is a process of continuous improvement so communities constantly evolve and make changes to accomplish their goals. The initiatives and resources on this website have been selected to help you learn about ways to make your community healthier, safer, greener, more livable, and more prosperous.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES for the 21st Century

"Empowering people for sustainable energy"

The economic development of modern societies is crucially dependent on energy. Energy is vital for sustainable development. The methods of production, supply and consumption of energy are key issues in sustainable development because they strongly affect the local and global environment.

India is the world’s seventh-largest energy producer and the fifth-largest energy consumer, accounting for more than 4% of total global annual energy consumption.

India needs to shift to non-polluting renewable sources of energy to meet future demand for electricity for economic as well as environmental development. Renewable energy will provide long-term economic growth for India. Renewable energy has the potential to re-energize India’s economy by creating millions of new jobs, allowing the country to achieve energy independence, reduce its trade deficits and propel it forward as a “Green Nation.”

To build stable and sustainable communities, required meaningful employment opportunities for Young adults. Young people, when gainfully employed, represent a tremendous resource for developing and industrialized nations; they bring energy, creativity, and imagination to many nation-building tasks, from building infrastructure to preserving the environment. But until a global, collaborative approach is developed that empowers youth to promote environmental sustainability, and make this an economically viable alternative, a valuable asset to help address global environmental goals will remain untapped.

Youth must be provided with a stake in their future so that they will sacrifice their ‘today’ for a better ‘tomorrow.’ 

Now is the time to empower young people with a supportive environment and appropriate opportunities for employment. Youth are the principal agents for social change, economic development and technological innovation. The environment is threatened by the perils of global warming, climate change, and energy crises. There is a need to protect the environment and at the same time to provide young people with opportunities for sustainable livelihoods. 

This article looks at youth employment opportunities in the renewable energy sector. This sector has many eco-job opportunities. Eco-jobs are not restricted only to youth-entrepreneurs setting up renewable energy enterprises. Promoting alternative sources of energy must form a part of regional policies as it can bring employment to regions, which were not previously industrially developed. 

Most importantly, job creation takes place in the rural areas where unemployment is often very high. Availability of job opportunities in rural areas would prevent the rural youth from migrating to the cities to seek employment. This will not only ease the pressure on urban centers, but will ensure that the rural youth will not leave their villages, thereby ensuring the presence of a valuable asset needed for development – dynamic and hard working youth. Opportunities for youth in the renewable energy sector can be generated by government institutions, non-government institutions, and the private sector or can be purely self-employment.

Barriers to the Adoption of Renewable Energy 

There are several barriers in the form of limited information, lack of technical skills and institutional capacity, prohibitive costs, and inaccessibility to technology. These make it difficult to adopt renewable energy in poor countries.
  • Lack of Information: Rural communities frequently have limited access to existing knowledge bases that promote the use of renewable energy through economically and financially sustainable models.
  • Lack of Technical or Commercial Skills: Even if they have the above-mentioned knowledge base, rural communities, and their youth frequently lack the skills and experience to produce and promote renewable energy.
  • Lack of Institutional Capacity for Promoting Renewable Energy: Throughout the developing world there is a lack of institutions serving youth that have expertise in renewable energy technologies and business development. Institutions that exist have an overwhelming task to do in which they need a great amount of support.

Apart from the above, there is another barrier with regard to youth employment in the area of renewable energy. This is the lack of youth involvement. Young people generally have the energy, the vision and the belief to get involved with new and innovative projects. 

However, in the majority of  many countries, there is a lack of infrastructure to support youth employment projects, and youth are not provided the necessary coaching, trust and enabling environment to make viable contributions to the local economy and environment. To be able to link sustainable development and youth employment, there is a pressing need to involve youth and to give them the necessary coaching, trust, and enabling environment.

The use of renewable sources of energy and renewable energy technologies should therefore be an important element for supporting entrepreneurial initiatives and employment. In order to create a favorable climate for the exploitation of the renewable energy technologies and its diverse applications it is essential to train the men and women who would implement them. Thus, essential components of any developmental effort are education and training. The early involvement of individuals and community organizations benefiting from the implementation of renewable energy projects is an important step towards its success.

The promotion of youth led renewable energy enterprises will tackle jointly the issues of youth unemployment as well environmentally sustainable development. The rural youth needs an enabling environment for the successful and continued implementation of renewable energy. Thus they need to be equipped with the skills that could enable them to set up viable and sustainable enterprises. This will build the much-needed institutional capacity to develop renewable energy enterprises. They need to be coached and trained in all the relevant areas for setting up and successfully running renewable energy enterprises.

India can ramp up its efforts to develop and implement large utility-scale solar and wind energy farms to meet the country’s economic development goals, while creating energy independence and realizing potentially enormous environmental benefits. Both issues have a direct influence on national security and the health of the Indian economy.


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