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Clean and Renewable Energy

Providing access to electricity is described as one of the most potent ways to support individual and community development. In addition, the development of sustainable and affordable energy systems is a local business opportunity.

The goal of Norges Vel’s clean energy and development related work is to identify and realize sustainable re-newable energy projects, companies and value chains with local ownership and involvement, in close cooper-ation with local partners.

To achieve this we will:

Foster local business opportunities related to small scale clean energy projects 
Small scale renewable energy projects can provide access to energy services at affordable prices – in an environmentally and economically sustainable way.

To develop such a project can be a business opportunity for local entrepreneurs, companies and communities. Norges Vel's activities aim to foster such opportunities in the whole renewable energy value chain. Our projects combine strong focus on local business development and value chain development with knowledge about renewable energy technologies (e.g. bio-energy, solar energy and small scale hydropower). The activities are built on local partnerships for sustainable business development.

Demonstrate technologies and business models
There are many renewable energy technologies adapted successfully internationally. These technologies are not always available in the country of operation or in the local communities. To gain access to - and experience from - such proven technologies can give new opportunities, and this is therefore a natural part of our activities within renewable energy. Demonstrating small pilot plants and transfer of knowledge and technology is happening through both south-south and north-south cooperation and networking. If possible, technologies should be produced locally, to increase the positive effects locally.

Also experiences from well-functioning business models and entrepreneurial approaches can be gained from regional and international cooperation. Therefore, both business models and technology relevant for the renewable energy field are demonstrated in Norges Vel’s projects.

Promote competence building, networking and organizational start-up
Competence building and networking are key issues for successful renewable energy projects with local ownership. Cooperation with universities, technical institutions, companies, organizations and authorities is important here.

Initiating the establishment of organizations is also part of Norges Vel’s strategy within the renewable energy field. Business incubators, professional forums and community associations are examples of such new organizations, which can lead to new renewable energy activities locally.

Norges Vel will also continue to be involved in organizing the energy value chain, including for example bioenergy projects with biomass collection, energy production and delivery of heat/electricity to customers. Such activities often have synergies with our agricultural projects.

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Clean and Renewable Energy