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'BACKGROUND TO THE PROJECT' ==

Rural energization and electrification has played a major role the development of rural India (in enhancing agricultural productivity and provision of lighting services for rural households). Today the forces of globalisation, free trade and instant connectivity provide new opportunities for the people living in rural India. However, to tap these opportunities and harness the potential of our resources (both manpower and natural resources), delivering quality infrastructure services has become essential and energy/ electricity services are amongst the most crucial of these services. However at present with a substantial increase in fossil fuel prices and the power situation in the country not being very encouraging, shortage in the delivery of energy/ electricity services has become critical. Growth in demand for power has outstripped supply with peak demand shortage being 12.2 percent in 2005. Many parts of the country receive electricity for only a few hours a day, the quality of which is poor. Today the average annual per capita consumption of electricity is 600 kilowatt-hours (one of the lowest in the world) and in the rural India (which house over 70 percent of the population) uses just 13 percent of the available grid power. To accelerate development of rural India, bring about greater energy security, inclusion of dispersed and remote communities in rural India as active members of the economy, there is a need for the provision of clean, high quality energy services. To achieve growth in the range of 10% GDP growth, new decentralised mechanisms for the delivery of energy and power services need to be tapped.

== WHY SEFA ==

WCE-INDIA is founded in India, dedicated to promoting the use of solar energy in rural areas of country. WCE-INDIA is now launching Solar Energy For All (SEFA) Project in Uttar Pradesh state of India. Through this project, WCE-INDIA has demonstrated that small, decentralised photovoltaic systems can affordably bring solar light and power to rural/urban households living beyond the reach of an electric grid or suffering power cuts. WCE-INDIA is ready to push the envelope one step further. Solar electricity, especially when combined with wireless communications, can facilitate dramatic improvements in the overall health, education, and economy of rural villages throughout the world. WCE-INDIA looks forward to new demonstration projects in which solar energy is used to provide power to village schools, health clinics, micro-enterprises, and tele-centers. WCE-INDIA will then communicate the results of these projects, and lessons learned, to a world-wide audience through a variety of print and electronic media. Working with NGOs as well as corporations, WCE-INDIA through a series of on-the-ground pilot projects will create new models of village-based micro-enterprise that can be replicated and expanded on a commercially viable basis. WCE-India’s long-standing practice of promoting local self-reliance will be further enhanced by the introduction of village-owned businesses that generate income for the community.

== WCE TECHNOLOGIES ==

The renewable energy technology based power generation capacity in India is an estimated 50,000 MW capacity (200 billion kWh). India has a potential of about 100,000 MW of power generation from renewable energy sources and steps are underway to harness this potential and power generation from renewable sources is also increasing. The medium-term goal is to ensure electrification of 18,000 remote un electrified villages, and achieve a minimum 10 per cent share, or around 10,000 MW, from renewable power in the overall power generation capacity to be added by 2010. The Project aims to convert all existing electric power backup & hot water systems to solar power systems (electric, fuel or gas boosted) within 10 years and ensure all installations from 2010 are solar power & hot water systems. This is an ambitious goal and will require the commitment of several parties to achieve large-scale community behavioural change. The potential benefits facilitated by the Project are compelling and are detailed within the body of this report. The Project is unashamedly focused upon Uttar Pradesh State and has been designed to enable it to be replicated with other “green” products.

2. OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT

The Project aims to convert all existing electric hot water systems to solar hot water systems (electric or gas boosted) and electric power backup systems to solar power backup systems (electric or fuel boosted) within 3 years and ensure all installations from 2010 are solar hot water & power systems. This is an ambitious goal and will require the commitment of several parties to achieve large-scale community behavioral change. Some other main objectives of project are hereunder:

1. To build a service network of social welfare organizations, volunteers, and existing wce distributors to bring a mass movement for the use of renewable energy sources among state community. 2. To increase awareness about global warming, CO2 emission, and use of solar energy among state community. 3. To provide proper sale, repairing and after sale service to users of solar energy systems through existing district sale agencies of WCE-INDIA. 4. To reduce CO2 emission, and increase solar energy systems uses to reduce electric power dependency of state community.

== REQUEST & APPEAL: ==

Energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy will mean a stronger economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy independence for republic of India. By investing in technology breakthroughs today, our nation can look forward to a more resilient economy and secure future. Far-reaching technology changes will be essential to India's energy future. Working with a wide array of state, community, industry, and university partners, the WCE INDIA through Solar Energy For All (SEFA) project invests in a portfolio of energy technologies that will:

Conserve energy in the residential, commercial, industrial, government, and transportation sectors. Increase and diversify energy supply, with a focus on renewable domestic sources. Facilitate the emergence of solar technologies as vital new "energy carriers." Upgrade our national energy infrastructure.

WCE is trying hard to bring high demand of green energy for safe environment and culture of state, with it’s limited resources and infrastructure. To run this program and 100% achievement of this project objectives we need help and support by you. The donor agencies, corporate sector, social welfare organizations, government institutions can help our efforts by making donations, sponsorships, equipment and volunteer services. Your kind support will encourage our efforts and will bring a New Hope among local community of Uttar Pradesh State of India.

THANKING YOU.

STRONG ENERGY PORTFOLIO FOR STRONG INDIA

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