Electrification & Clean cooking for Rural India


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The integrated domestic energy project aims at establishing an ecosystem, driven by self-sustaining market value chains, for the dissemination and maintenance of integrated lighting & clean cooking technologies. The project activity includes solar-powered lighting which provides a comfortable level of illumination in one or more rooms of a house and an improved cookstove. The technology provided by TERI is a unique integrated model customized for rural households. The project displaces fossil fuel use, such as fuel-based lighting systems, stand-alone power generators, and fossil fuel-based mini-grids. In addition, the improved cookstove reduction in biomass fuel consumption will result in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions associated with the use of non-renewable biomass. The lighting from the solar panel not only provides a high-quality solution to improve rural productivity but also substantially reduces health hazards by enabling the replacement of kerosene lamps.

50, 000

people will benefit from improved air quality

Total ERs

will be in the range of 125,000 tCO2e. Annual average emission reduction over the crediting period is 50,000 tCO2


women will benefit from these technologies (Women Empowerment, Girl Child, Additional time)


people will have better access to clean energy


beneficiaries will have a better standard of living and local people will have more job opportunities

Background of Project

Traditionally, kerosene lamps are used in rural areas where there is little or no access to electricity from the grid. The poorly luminescent kerosene lamps are the only source of light, usually restricted to one room in the house, making it challenging to carry on daily chores of cooking, studying etc. The improved cookstoves replace the traditional biomass stoves which are cumbersome and time-consuming adding to the drudgery of women.

The Project

With around 20,000 systems installed and operational since early 2018, the first of the integrated systems were set up in Bihar. The project involves providing access to clean and affordable cooking energy services in various states of India through the dissemination of improved, energy-efficient forced draft technology-based biomass cookstoves replacing the use of traditional and non-efficient biomass cookstoves. The hybrid solar and cookstove system also provides lighting in homes and a mobile charging facility.

The Benefits

One of the many goals of the project is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the dissemination of these improved cook stoves. Impact on the region’s biodiversity is improved as the programme reduces pressure on the remaining forest reserves. Circumstances of poor families have improved since the hybrid systems reduce fuel cost.