Partnerships between the rural communities, the government and clean energy companies can help reduce the heavy dependency on biomass use and promote cleaner energy resources. Moreover, collaborating with communities helps to create a stronger more unified voice for clean energy in rural areas. For example, Green Energy Africa has initiated the WEREP, Women Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy Project, a project that sees Maasai women joining solar energy collectives.
These women purchase the solar panels and rechargeable batteries at a discounted rate and sell them across the villages. Furthermore, they are trained in installing the solar panels and lights. Engaging rural communities will provide balanced and objective information on clean energy.
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