Renewable Energy Technologies

Renewable Energy Technologies

Georgia, Moldova and Bosnia-Herzegovina

Milkica and Milan Sipka live in the village of Veliko Ocijevo, the first solar village in Bosnia. They are one of six families who received photovoltaic solar panels in 2016. Returnees to the village after the war, they lived without electricity for two decades. Photo: Almir Terzi

Families in remote areas of Moldova, Georgia and Bosnia- Herzegovina lack electricity access and adequate water and sanitation services. Children often learn in underheated classrooms and study by candlelight at night. The fuels that are available pollute the environment and damage the health of those who use them. Women are also expected to meet energy, heating and cooking needs for their families, a prospect which limits their educational and livelihood opportunities.

Small farmers, internally displaced persons and other disadvantaged villagers live alongside one another in a state of energy poverty. In order to help these families build and sustain their livelihoods, meet their needs and use less harmful fuels, our team in Europe - with implementing partners Rural Communities Development Agency, Ormax and Regional Development Service – promotes renewable energy technologies.

The program promotes holistic, sustainable development by implementing clean technologies and techniques, using local materials, adapting to the needs and potential of local populations and respecting people’s traditions, environment and health. We combine the use of organic agriculture, eco-sanitation and renewable energy technologies to enable families to dramatically improve their quality of life by investing in healthier production and focusing on income generation and economic activities.

Participants in the Renewable Energy Technologies program learn to construct solar collectors and other solar devices such as solar panels, warm water collectors and fruit and vegetable dryers that make it possible to preserve foods for year-round use. The program also offers training in healthy agricultural practices and safe water and sanitation systems. The trainings and the subsequent use of these devices reduce communities’ dependence on conventional energy sources and environmental impact, improves food security and creates income earning opportunities that result in sustainable livelihoods.

This year, CWS helped equip five kindergartens, one preschool and one primary school with solar collectors, boilers for hot water, fuel efficient stoves and solar water collectors. These schools serve
400 Students.