Smart Village Adopted by ReNew Group (SVARG)
ReNew Power, as part of its Corporate Citizenship, is committed to improving the quality of life in rural India. Expanding its commitment to ensure development reaches the last person in the “Bottom of Pyramid”, the concept of SVARG (Smart Village Adopted by ReNew Group) was developed as a tool towards development based on promoting energy sovereignty by adopting renewable & clean energy as the driver for development. Under its efforts, ReNew Power has adopted Paniyara village, close to the ancient and holy city of Kashi, with an objective to ensure energy sovereignty of a village using renewable energy leading to holistic development to improve the quality of life. The village has a total population of approximately 3,000; one of basic needs is access to energy (electricity). Drawing upon the thought that regular and reliable availability of electricity and enhanced energy security would go a long way in eliminating poverty – supporting community based solar micro-grid unit ensuring sustainable availability of electricity, improving education, women empowerment, creating livelihood opportunities for youth, ensuring access to safe source of drinking water and sanitation, ReNew Power will be working towards developing Paniyara as a “Smart village”.
SVARG, was announced as ReNew’s commitment to action at the Clinton Global Initiative. A Commitment to Action—the defining feature of CGI—is a plan for addressing a significant global challenge.
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ReNew Power has installed water ATMs at Ananthsagar and Saidapur to provide clean drinking water to the community in the area. These water ATMs are run by solar power with in-built Reverse Osmosis (RO) and Ultra-Violet (UV) technology. Each of these units have a storage capacity of 5,000 litres and filter 500 litres of water per hour. These ATMs cater to a population of 4,000 from these two villages. Further it will also be a respite for women, who were travelling long distances to fetch safe drinking water, promoting healthy living within the communities. Going forward, this program will be implemented in other project locations of ReNew and as many as 10 units are targeted by the end of the year.
ReNew Power has always believed in the philosophy of ‘Giving’ and aims to bring a difference to the lives of those who are in need. To help those on the streets shivering in harsh winters, ReNew Power started an initiative named as Gift Warmth to distribute blankets to the needy on the streets of Delhi NCR.
- In the freezing winter nights of Delhi, when the entire city is donning their jackets, monkey-caps and mufflers, there are few under-privileged who cannot afford even a blanket and suffer without a roof or cloth on their bare bodies. We started this program with the aim of collecting blankets for the homeless, deprived and poor. These are the neediest in our society and live on footpaths, under bridges or spend freezing nights huddling against the back of buildings, trying to stay warm.
- Over the past two years, ReNew Power has distributed 13,000 blankets (approx.) to those in need. The initiative spanned across Delhi NCR and 3 ReNew Power project sites in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan
ReNew Power has started E-Learning classes for people in remote areas. This is ReNew Power’s idea to bring technology to the fore and make education accessible at remote locations. These classes do not have teachers but the study modules are run on computers while the tests are conducted online. This requires minimal manual intervention and can reach out to a large audience at the same time. The classes can be monitored online from a central location.
ReNew also wants to identify children with high potential through tests like DMIT etc which would help us identify the bright kids and accordingly we can organise training and skill development classes for such children. Similarly such tests will be done for elderly population too and they too will be provided some skill development classes to help them attain some income generating skills.