Alternative Sources of Power

Humphrey Kariuki Ndegwa

Wind turbines at sunset by Vera Kratochvil Wind turbines at sunset by Vera Kratochvil

The struggle in gaining access to energy sources is a battle being fought for a long time. Many parts of Asia, for instance, still have no access to efficient energy sources and this negatively affects the locals’ productivity, education, livelihood opportunities, and other aspects of their lifestyle. Mostly, those without access to energy are rural areas. Typically, residents in rural areas use firewood and charcoal in order to generate power to fuel their day to day activities. Even such short-term solutions are potentially damaging the natural ecosystems, thus compromising the sustainability of the area and disabling the conservation of the remaining natural resources.

It is therefore good news that many communities in rural areas across Asia and the Pacific strive to offer simple but innovative and revolutionary solutions to this existing problem. In a small rural area called Tenganan in Indonesia, farmers have…

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