What we do

Renewable World is a registered charity working with local partners in Africa, Asia and Central America to tackle poverty through enabling the provision of small-scale, sustainable renewable energy systems (solar, wind, hydro and biogas) for remote, off-grid communities.

Access to energy enables communication and trade, supports the establishment of new income generating ventures and stimulates enterprise. Education is improved as children can study in the evenings, and schools can open later for adult education.  Affordable energy improves health through the use of clean lighting and cooking sources, and because clean water can be pumped direct to households.  Healthcare is more accessible because clinics can keep vaccines, HIV tests and snakebite anti-venom in fridges.   

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Our Approach

Renewable World believes that the best way to provide appropriate and lasting solutions is by building the capacity of the local people. Developing strong partnerships with local organisations and community groups is an essential part of our work.
We believe that delivering effective development is best achieved by building an open dialogue with all decision makers. We work with local organisations who recognise the needs of all members of communities and respect different religious and racial groups within communities.
As a result of Renewable World's unique relationship with the Renewable Energy Industry, leading business schools and academic institutions, we offer six key contributions to our programme partners as illustrated in the diagram below.

Sustainable Technologies

Our projects use a wide range of renewable technologies from micro hydro to wind and solar, whatever is most appropriate taking into acount the needs of the community and the resources available in the places where we work.


We work with key partners from the renewable energy industry and academic institutions to carry out research into the efficiency and effective delivery of renewable energy systems in developing countries. Find out more about our research projects.

Read our Annual Review to find out more about our work