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Sustainable energy solutions and innovative business models in rural Tajikistan

Saturday, 20 February 2016 14:26 Written by 
  • Location(s): Tajikistan
  • Type(s): Solution
  • Theme(s): Energy, Women Empowerment
  • SDG(s): 5. Gender Equality, 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Locations in Europe and the CIS: Tajikistan
  • Types in Europe and the CIS: Solution
  • Themes in Europe and the CIS: Energy, Women Empowerment
  • SDGs in Europe and the CIS: 5. Gender Equality, 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Locations of ComSec Solutions: Tajikistan
  • Types of ComSec Solutions: Solution
  • Themes of ComSec Solutions: Energy, Women Empowerment
  • SDGs of ComSec Solutions: 5. Gender Equality, 7. Affordable and Clean Energy

Solution: Many remote areas in Tajikistan face electricity shortages and with most rural men being out of the country as labor migrants, the livelihood of rural households becomes even harder.

Goals and objectives: The project aims to contribute to the elimination of rural poverty and women empowerment through sustainable energy solutions. The main ideas are (i) to deploy several decentralized renewable energy solutions (ii) to provide practical knowledge transfer and capacity building on clean energy technologies (iii) to utilize innovative finance and business models for developing a sustainable market and (iv) to transfer good practices from Croatia to Tajikistan.

Implementation: The project was initiated in January 2014 by Istanbul Regional Hub UNDP and targeted communities in several villages across all regions of the country with high energy dependence, in particular, Bobojon Gafurov and Kanibadam districts (Sughd region), Roshtkala (Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast), Jilikul district and Safedob, Shurabad district (Khatlon region) and Guzgef village, Romit jamoat, Vahdat district.

The solution consists of the essential components, including:

  1. Implementation of applicable and tested sustainable energy solutions,
  2. Innovative financing (microcrediting and crowdfunding) and business models (RESCOs, energy cooperatives, leasing of small distributed RES systems) and
  3. replication in other rural villages to create market conditions for green technologies in Tajikistan based on Croatian experiences. The technologies include decentralized solutions, with a focus on those that can be produced, operated and maintained locally.

Achievements: Within a year the initiative has achieved the following:

  • 15 women acquired new skills in manufacturing and maintaining green technologies (solar thermal systems), that not only secured permanent access to warm water but have relieved them of the labor and health risks of gathering and burning biomass to heat water for their household use;
  • Highly efficient cookstoves introduced in rural households to limit use of wood (preventing deforestation) for cooking at the next stages: greenhouses with rocket stoves and small PV. As a result, the solution greatly contributed to increased comfort for the households (hot water); reduced time poverty (women spend less time on wood collection); reduced health problems (less emissions);
  • increased income (women can produce and maintain solar thermal systems; at the next stage production of vegetables and fruits in greenhouses).

Replication: the solution is a result of good practices transferred from East to East (from Croatia to Central Asia);

Budget: around $150,000 annually

Partners: local communities, Technological University of Tajikistan

Contact details:  
Daniela Carrington
Phone number: +90 850 288 2130
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Croatia UNDP
Robert Pašičko
Phone number: +385912259438
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