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Renewable Energy Poverty in Developing Countries

Living in energy poverty refers to areas with limited access to modern energy sources and products. This includes energy services that are not consistently reliable, safe, or of sound quality. Currently, too many areas of the world rely on traditional energy sources that are slowly destroying the environment, limiting economic and educational growth opportunities, and promoting unhealthy living conditions. Even today, a large portion of the world relies on sources like coal and kerosene for their daily energy needs.

The fact is, many nations still depend on fossil fuels because they are still relatively inexpensive. Renewable sources aim to save the consumer money over time, but the upfront investment tends to be unaffordable for those living in developing nations. Despite this, many developing countries can see that renewable energy needs to be the future. Environmentally sound energy is needed to safely power industry, provide residents with clean water and food, and give life to homes. It is essential for developing countries to achieve progress.

Developing nations are now leading the way in generating renewable energy, but these great strides are not without their issues. Unlike traditional energy sources, renewable sources require equipment that can turn into toxic waste when not disposed of and dealt with properly. Because renewable energy infrastructure tends to have shorter lifespans, the amount of waste will take a lot of strategic planning to deal with. We will look at how countries deal with the waste from renewable energy projects and how these renewable solutions contribute positively to the planet, including clean water initiatives which, above all else, keep the planet healthy and thriving.

How Are Countries Planning to Handle the Projected Amount of Reusable Energy Waste?

While many developing countries do not have a set plan to deal with waste, paying someone to collect or manage recycling renewable energy parts is usually out of reach. Instead, many are looking toward manufacturers of energy equipment to do their part in changing designs to make it easier to recycle. Governments can incentivize manufacturers and producers to buy back or reuse equipment parts so the amount of waste will be easier for municipalities to manage.

Since solar panels, wind turbines, and battery storage packs tend to have shorter lifespans than other traditional energy sources, their performance tends to decrease once they have reached their peak. These parts could still be sold to other countries, whose populations may not demand as much energy and can still make use of less efficient machinery. This will help with eliminating excess waste and aid developing nations who might be able to afford used equipment better. Along this line, developing nations are already taking advantage of programs that allow them to choose to loan or lease equipment, where it will end up being properly disposed of at the end of its life.

Successful Renewable Energy Projects

Luckily, many countries have already experienced success and strides in the renewable energy sector.

Some examples of renewable energy projects in developing countries include the Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development in Morocco was able to garner more than $5 billion to support the creation of all new renewable infrastructure in the country. This has been a large-scale decade-long plan in the works, and includes government policies to back up the infrastructure to supply a reliable energy source to the people of the country. Even major economies like India are quickly upgrading their renewable energy capabilities, serving as examples for other countries to prioritize renewable energy and set up incentives for competitive private sectors to commit to a shared plan of renewable power.

Renewable Energy Solutions in Water Initiatives

water pump powered by solar power, renewable energy

Perhaps the most important of all uses for renewable energy is water filtration systems. Renewable energy, such as solar, can clean a polluted water supply, making everyone’s lives healthier and safer. After all, a community truly cannot thrive if they are dealing with poor water and hygiene infrastructure.

Organizations like us at Healing Waters International are paving the way for universal access to clean water by using solar-powered water filtration systems like our Solar Pure solution. 

Solar powered water solutions allow us to bring clean water to anywhere in the world, even the most remote communities. Since electric powered water pumps rely on reliable traditional power sources, they just aren’t a viable option for some areas. Solar power is a cleaner, more affordable option that allows set up literally anywhere. We truly believe solar powered systems are the way of the future and will help all of us on our goal of providing clean water for all.

The Future of Renewable Energy Projects

Now that we know there are ways to implement renewable energy sources and keep waste to a minimum, it is clear to see renewable energy is the most suitable option moving forward for both developing and developed nations. Working together, we can expect to see many more renewable energy projects in the future. Solar power and sustainability in developing countries should be everyone’s focus. Now is the time for developing nations to start making plans to implement renewable energy infrastructure to help gain ownership of their energy to clean their water, feed their families, encourage business and industrial growth, and more.

Donors’ Impact on Sustainable Projects

While it is paramount for governments to lead the way in creating room for renewable energy growth, we will see a much larger effort, even in the smallest communities, with the help of donors. Every dollar goes a long way to introducing renewable energy infrastructure to remote developing communities. We need your help to help get us to reach these communities who need our help. Our donors are very special to us, as it allow us to not only bring clean water to the communities but also empower them to take ownership of their own water businesses and have consistent access to clean water, just like everyone should have!

We’re on a mission to end the global water crisis. We build holistic clean water solutions and spread God’s love in at-risk communities around the world, empowering people not just to survive, but to thrive – physically, socially and spiritually.

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