Energy4commons designs, develops and implements off-grid rural and urban electrification programs using renewable energy. We provide our technical expertise and know-how to support developers, institutions, consultants and operators in all stages electricity.
Access to reliable, affordable and sustainable energy is prosperity and development every economy. It is part of the 17 sustainable development goals included in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations Member States in 2015. Despite the recent increase in electrification, access to modern energy continues to represent an urgent and real need for about 840 million people.
We are convinced that access to energy constitutes an important and necessary step in the fight against hunger, illiteracy, gender inequality and health diseases that kill millions of people over the world. Universal access to modern and sustainable energy contributes to the empowerment of the most vulnerable people, especially women and children, as off-grid systems contribute to the decentralization of the energy systems and thus, to the socialization and democratization of energy
We believe that a fundamental solution is to flip the shape of the energy sector from a top-to-bottom approach to a bottom-to-top approach. Those at the bottom of the pyramid must be empowered to drive and direct the growth of the energy systems. Within this new framework of decentralized access to energy, community-owned infrastructure and decentralized green-energy production should make the energy systems work in the interest of the wider public, with the profit motive giving way to social and environmental goals so energy becomes a “common good”.
Energy4commons advocates for access to modern, reliable and affordable energy as a fundamental and inalienable right for all human beings. We develop a campaign addressed to the civil society, as well as to policy makers, investors and stakeholders in the energy industry in order to promote an understanding of the urgency of implementing efficient and credible actions to enable universal access to energy to more vulnerable communities.
Energy4commons is committed to closing the gap between those who can and those who cannot access affordable reliable and modern energy. We work to bring power to the powerless people of the world, offering comprehensive advice to public and private institutions, communities, cooperative and non-governmental organizations on how to implement off-grid energy solutions and to help scale up the delivery of energy products and services to more vulnerable social sectors.
* We desing and develop projects ranging from stand-alone systems to mini-grid life systems, including business and financial modeling, site selection, feasibility studies, community engagement, demand assessment, technical system design, fundraising, equipment procurement, construction, commissioning, and operation and maintenance.
* We help mini-grid operators to grow demand and offer business, technical and financial mentorship services in the field to small productive users of mini-grids.
* We pilot new micro and mini-grid business models, conduct feasibility studies on financial support schemes, and manage grant programs.
* We provide our technical knowledge to design efficiency and saving energy programs in order to insure an optimal level of energy consumption.
Energy4commons acts as a civic and independent organization working to ensure universal access to energy, as described in the horizon 2030 framework. We do so by contributing to bridging the socioeconomic gap between the global North and the global South, as well as to making these communities more resilient, autonomous and productive.
Energy4commons is a civic and independent organization striving to help realise the 7th Sustainable Development Goal of achieving universal access to energy by 2030. By doing so, we contribute to narrowing the socioeconomic gap between the global north and the global south, as well as helping communities to become more resilient, self-sufficient and productive.
● Off-grid energy systems: kit, hybrid power plants, mini-grids
● Territorial energy planning
● Renewable energy source systems
● Water supply and renewable irrigation system
● Utilization of rural electrification infrastructures
● Maximizing the value of productive uses of electricity
● Energy efficiency programs
Territorial planning studies
Dimensioning and technical design of structures
Harmonization of regulatory and institutional mechanisms
Project management, site monitoring, assistance with receiving operations and commissioning
Demand analysis and socio-economic studies
Training, monitoring and monitoring mediation
Socioeconomic and environmental impact studies
Efficiency and saving energy planning
A pilot project to build a solar cooperative in Rio de Janeiro's «favelas»
Access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all is a basic requirement for the sustainable development of humanity . Currently, with an increasingly expensive grid energy prices and cheaper solar energy , this is already an economically advantageous option, especially in Rio . And because it is a renewable, decentralized source and a leader in generating local jobs, this new option has an important socio-environmental role.
To access solar energy in Brazil, initial capital or access to credit is still required. For this reason, only the wealthiest have benefited from this new solution. Low-income communities continue to have an expensive and low quality energy service.
The purpose of Revolusolar is to promote the sustainable development of low-income communities through solar energy. To this end, we seek to enable a new affordable and sustainable energy model that combines positive environmental, social and economic impacts. We want all houses, businesses and community institutions to be able to generate their own energy, through a model based on community autonomy and involvement.
Our vision for the future is for these communities to become poles of clean energy generation for the cities. Thus, using sustainable energy as a tool, the term « favela » will gain new meanings, and will become a reference in innovation, sustainability and entrepreneurship.
Revolusolar aims to make photovoltaic technology accessible to low-income communities, through:
- Solar installations, which contribute to reduce energy costs and empower the consumer;
- Professional training for this market, which generates quality local jobs for the new low-carbon economy and gives the community a leading role;
- Children's workshops on sustainability and energy, which raise the awareness of the new generation and promote community engagement;
- Research, events and advocacy, to generate and disseminate knowledge on the subject, and to represent the « favela »'s interests in the energy sector.
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