Who we are

INDO-GERMAN ENERGY PROGRAMME – ACCESS TO ENERGY IN RURAL AREAS II (IGENAccess-II)

The spurt in economic and demographic growth in India has resulted in an average increase of 8 per cent per annum in energy consumption over the last ten years. Through initiatives like Ujjwalaand Saubhagaya, the Government of India is making efforts toensure supply of energy to every household in the country. Inaddition, to reduce dependence on fossil fuel resources and diversify energy sources, India also has set itself a target of having175 gigawatts (GW) of installed renewable energy by 2022.However, the affordability, reliability and quality of energy is still anissue in rural India.

Decentralised renewables present an opportunity to contributetowards sustainable energy access for household consumers as wellas for productive uses of energy. In addition, achieving overall energy security through decentralised sources, coupled with betterplanning would also reduce the burden on exchequer.The energy supply in rural areas of selected federal states in India has been improved.

Our Approach

IGEN Access II seeks to upscale the proven results achieved in Phase I of the project. The project plans to deliver by adopting aholistic approach in overall planning by assisting the states in developing Energy Action Plans, disseminating proven models and instruments for improving the basic energy supply and establishing a conceptual basis for enhancing the energy supply.

Strategic energy planning

The project aims to achieve overall energy security in the states. Contribution from renewable energy, including the decentralised systems will be used as a strategic option in energy planning.

Proven models and instruments for improving basic energy supply are disseminated

Financial service providers will be supported to upscale the models and instruments to conclude new loan agreements with rural energy users. This will lead to improved supply situation in rural areas.

Conceptual basis is in place for improving energy supply quality

The programme will support planned advisory measures to create necessary enabling conditions.

Partners

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is the nodal ministry of the Government of India for all matters relating to new and renewable energy. The broad aim of the ministry is to develop and deploy new and renewable energy to supplement the country's energy requirements. For more information, please visit: www.mnre.gov.in

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH 

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a German federal enterprise offering workable, sustainable, and effective solutions in political, economic, and social change processes. Most of GIZ’s work is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). However, GIZ also operates on behalf of other German ministries and public and private bodies in Germany and abroad. These include governments of other countries, the European Commission, the United Nations, and the World Bank. We are equally committed to helping our clients in the private sector attain their goals. 

For over 60 years, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been working jointly with partners in India for sustainable economic, ecological, and social development. Currently, GIZ India has over 330 employed in India, of whom 85 per cent are national personnel.  The thematic areas of GIZ in India are: 

  • Energy
  • Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity 
  • Sustainable Urban and Industrial Development 
  • Sustainable Economic Development 

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) as well as the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) are the main commissioning parties of GIZ in India. Other clients include Indian public sector clients, the European Union, and foundations. 

The Government of India has launched numerous important initiatives to address the country’s economic, environmental and social challenges, and GIZ is contributing to some of the most significant ones. For example, it supports key initiatives such as Smart Cities, Clean India and Skill India. GIZ, in close cooperation with Indian partners, devises tailor-made, jointly-developed solutions to meet local needs and achieve sustainable and inclusive development. For more information, visithttps://www.giz.de

Department of Power Government of West Bengal

Department of Power under the Government of West Bengal came into being in 1972. The following key driving forces/factors behind the decision to create a separate department under the stewardship of a Minister-in-charge of cabinet rank were:

  • Urgent requirement of more power for accelerating the economic growth of the state
  • Need for long term perspective planning for the generation of power and execution of power projects
  • Planning and overseeing appropriate investments in the power sector, both in the public and private domains
  • Enactment of appropriate legislation and framing of rules to facilitate the expeditious development of power in the state
  • Need for coordinating and dovetailing the activities of various power generation and distribution utilities in the state cohesively.

For more information, visit:  https://wbpower.gov.in/

Department of Power Government of Assam

Department of Power under Govt of Assam manages all aspects of Power sector co-ordination with the central and state-level power utilities in a manner that the resources and activities are judiciously covered towards the betterment of the lives of the people of Assam. Department of power formulate plans, policies, acts, rules, and undertake development activities for better generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity for the overall development of the society.

For more information, visit: https://power.assam.gov.in/

Nakshi Creations private limited

Nakshi Creations Private Limited (formerly known as Bandhan Creations Private Limited) was founded in 2012 as a social enterprise for promotion, marketing and distribution of renewable energy product. Headquartered in Kolkata, West Bengal,  Nakshi operation currently focus on Eastern and North Eastern regions of the country- covering Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Tripura and West Bengal. Nakshi aims to be a market leader in offering quality and affordable clean energy and other essential appliances to low-income clients through an efficient distribution network and responsive client service while positively impacting the quality of life and productivity of the target communities, while ensuring environmental sustainability. 

Gajam India Pvt.Ltd.

Gajam India Private Limited (GIPL) is a social enterprise founded in 2009 and part of the Dharma Life group; which improves the quality of life in rural India through a holistic women entrepreneurship model that provides low-income households and individuals with livelihoods and access to socially impactful products and services. The organization identifies, trains, and mentors aspiring women through certified programs to become Village Level Micro-Entrepreneurs. These Dharma Life entrepreneurs (DLEs) work on eight UN SDGs, primarily SDG1 – No Poverty, SDG3 – Good Health & Wellbeing, SDG4 – Quality Education,  SDG6 – Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG7 – Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG10 – Reduced Inequalities and SDG13 – Climate Action; by conducting behavior change campaigns and promoting related products. GIPL has reached more than  13 million beneficiaries across 13 states and 40'000 villages in rural India through a network of more than 16’000 DLEs (thereof >75% women). For more information, visit: http://www.dharmalife.in/

CLEAN ENERGY ACCESS NETWORK

CLEAN is a non-profit organization, committed to support, unify, and grow the clean energy enterprises in India. Our primary focus is on rural and underprivileged communities where reliable, affordable, and clean energy plays a unique role in accelerating social, environmental, and economic development.

CLEAN contributes to policy development and influencing the Decentralised Renewable Energy (DRE) sector, bridges access to finance for its enterprises, facilitates technology innovations, assists its members in accessing markets, and builds the capacity of enterprises through training. CLEAN is a network of 200+ members across India and is considered as the industry body for the DRE space. For more information, visit: www.thecleannetwork.org 

SELCO Foundation

SELCO Foundation, founded in 2010, envisions a socially sustainable society. It seeks to create avenues for asset building, enhancement in quality of life and wealth creation that will uplift deprived sections of society through sustainable development solutions. The Foundation works to link the benefits of sustainable energy to poverty eradication by collaborating with Governments, NGOs, financial institutions, public institutions, social enterprises, etc. The Foundation plays a pivotal role in catalyzing innovative and replicable processes of tailored sustainable energy solutions via a bottom-up approach. For more information, visit: www.selcofoundation.org

Our Team

Nidhi Sarin

Programme Head

nidhi.sarin@giz.de

Ms.Nidhi Sarin is the Programme Head for IGEN Access-II. She is responsible for the overall implementation of the programme. She has around 15 years of experience in the development sector, specializing in energy and environmental policy. She has vast experience of working in the power and renewable energy sector, climate change, biodiversity and livelihood programmes. Ms Sarin has experience of working with multilateral and bilateral organisations, including joint Department of International Development (DFID), and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) UK’s joint team on Energy Climate and Growth and UNESCO. She also has experience of working with the corporate sector and NGOs on water treatment and research aspects. Ms.Sarin holds a Master’s of Science degree in Environment Management.

Manoj Mahata

Technical Expert

manoj.mahata@giz.de

Mr.Manoj Mahata is working as a Technical Expert for IGEN-Access programme of GIZ based in Kolkata, West Bengal. He is responsible for activities related to strategic state energy planning.  Mr.Mahata has over 20 years of experience working in both technical and development sector. He has been working on renewable energy and rural development projects for over 15 years. His understanding about social development process. Mr.Mahata brings in strong project execution and technical expertise across various aspects of renewable energy technologies such as Biomass gasifier, Biogas, Solar, Improved cook stoves, Briquetting technologies as well as hands on experience on various socio-economic models. Mr. Mahata holds Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Post Graduate diploma in Marketing Management and MBA in Material Management. 

Jitesh Kumar

Technical Expert

jitesh.kumar@giz.de

Mr.Jitesh Kumar is working as a Technical Expert for IGEN-Access-II programme of GIZ. Mr.Kumar has a multi-disciplinary background and has techno-managerial expertise of 10 years. He has been associated with the development sector for over 7 years.Mr Kumar is currently supporting the module by implementing concepts to strengthen improved rural energy access portfolio. His key areas of interest are renewable energy policy, rural energy access for livelihood and access to finance. In the previous phase of IGEN Access he had worked on the sector development for solar powered irrigation pump’s market and focus on creating demand for the product, and supported government of Bihar in implementing the solar water pump scheme in the state.  Mr. Kumar hold a Bachelor’s of Engineering degree in Computer Science and Masters in Power Management (MBA-Power).

Yeswanth Duraiswamy

Technical Expert

yeswanth.duraiswamy@giz.de

Mr. Yeswanth is working as a technical specialist with IGEN Access II programme of GIZ engaged in unlocking end-user and household finance mainly for promotion, access of renewable energy products in partnership with financial institutions working across India. He has over 16 years of experience working with community-based institutions, addressing issues of access to finance and entrepreneurship development. His core interests and expertise are in program execution focussing on livelihood, skill development, climate challenge initiatives, and renewable energy interventions. He was awarded Fellow from Institute of Rural Management Anand with specialization in Development Finance and a postgraduate degree in Agriculture Sciences.

Sucheta Rawat

Operations Manager

sucheta.rawat@giz.de

Ms.Sucheta Rawat is working as an Operations Manager for IGEN-Access II and Promotion of Solar Water Pumps programmes of GIZ. She has 18 years of experience working in the development sector with bilateral organisations like DFID resource centres, International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and GIZ currently. Ms.Rawat has the ability to handle multi-disciplinary tasks and navigate challenges. At her professional core, she is specialized in contracts & grants management, financial & budget planning, knowledge management, project & operations management. In her current profile, she is also the focal person for Result-based monitoring, Communication and Gender. Ms.Rawat holds ‘Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics’ and ‘Master’s in Business Administration’.

Florian Postel

Junior Advisor

florian.postel@giz.de

Mr. Florian Postel works as a Junior Advisor for the IGEN-ACCESS II programme and Promotion ofSolar Water Pumps programme of GIZ. Mr. Postel is responsible for reporting, monitoring and project management, including solar policy, clean cooking and evaluation of solar irrigation systems. He joined GIZ in 2018 as an intern at the Programme Office of the International Climate Initiative and is part of GIZ India since October 2019. He has other work-related experiences in qualitative and quantitative research as well as the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. Mr. Postel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Science in Environment, Politics and Society. 

Rahul Mithia

Jr. Administrative Officer

rahul.mithia@giz.de

Mr. Rahul Mithia is working as Junior Administrative Officer for IGEN Access II and IGEN –PSWP Programme of GIZ. He has over 5 years of working experience with private companies and GIZ dealing with NGOs, UN Agencies, Bilateral & Multilateral Organisations in Africa, and the Middle East. He has been working with GIZ for the past 2 years. In his current profile, Mr. Mithia performs various administrative duties, financial management, organizes events, and provides administrative support to the team. Mr.Mithia holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai.

Surat Singh Bisht

Driver

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Mr.Surat Singh Bisht is working as Driver for IGEN-Access programme of GIZ. Mr. Bisht has over 30 years of working experience with different Embassies, leather industry and GIZ. He has been working for GIZ for past 25 years. In his current profile, Mr.Bisht performs Driver duties and additionally, provides administrative support to the team.