Energy access transforms lives

Despite the availability of technical solutions, 1.3 billion people are still without any form of electricity and 3 billion people still cook over open fires.

Practical Action provides practical power: renewable, locally-sourced sustainable energy solutions which lift people out of poverty.

  • Energy enables people to work their way out of poverty.
  • Energy provides better access to education and other basic services.
  • Energy improves health and wellbeing, especially for women and children.

Practical Action’s energy projects provide...

  • access to electricity (via solar, wind and micro hydro power)
  • more efficient stoves that require less fuel and generate less smoke
  • more job opportunities for local people

Practical Action is committed to Total Energy Access, because we know from our work on the ground that energy is a powerful solution to poverty.

Poor people's energy outlook

The Poor People's Energy Outlook is an annual Practical Action publication drawing links between energy access and earning a living in poor countries around the world. The most recent report is available to download.

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Energy blogs

UN Climate Change Summit - Lets talk about results?

The UN climate change summit is over. Lots of press coverage but did anything happen?

Call to major philanthropic foundations to back move to renewables

Ahead of the global Climate Change talks in New York this week a group of 160 environmental prize...
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A brighter future for the Himalaya community

The children in Himalaya community in Zimbabwe’s Mutare were all smiles after witnessing the hard...
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Energy solutions

Sustainable energy technologies

Fireless cooker

The "fireless cooker" uses stored heat to cook food over a long period of time. A simple basket, insulated with banana leaves or old clothes, can reduce fuel use by 40%.

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Biogas from animal waste provides a free, sustainable source of power all year round, and a useful fertiliser for farmers

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Micro-hydro power

Micro-hydro power is a renewable, indigenous and non-polluting resource for the small-scale generation of energy using falling water.

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Small-scale wind power

Converting wind energy into electricity is clean, renewable and sustainable. Practical Action has developed reliable and cost effective wind energy systems to help meet electrical energy needs.

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Smoke hoods

Sheet metal smoke hoods are cost effective and efficient, reducing indoor smoke levels by up to 80%.

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Solar-powered water pumps

A solar-powered water pump that uses locally-sourced equipment can pump 30,000 clean litres of clean, safe water every day.

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