• Productive Power for Last-Mile Rural Markets

  • Oorja has raised investment from DOEN Foundation under their Sustainable Energy program. The company will expand its operations in the pay-as-you-go irrigation, agroprocessing and cold storage segments in north India and amplify its impact 5-fold to reach 600 farmers in 2020.

    Data from Oorja's team in U.P. contributed to this research publication which recently appeared in Renewable Energy journal. It compares the cost and CO2 emissions from solar PV, biomass gasification and diesel generation in mini-grids for productive energy use in rural India.

    OONNATI IS LIVE IN ASSAM!

    Oorja successfully deployed six 3 HP Community Solar Pumps in Bongaigaon district, Assam. Our Oonnati affordable irrigation service was launched among 51 smallholder farmers practising paddy and horticulture. This project was supported by the 165 generous backers of our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

    The prize money of $100,000 will be used towards technology development and team expansion, bolstering our capacity to work with greater commitment towards combating poverty and climate change.

    India has managed to connect every household to the national grid. But what does this actually mean? In rural India, there is still a real lack of reliable sources of energy for agricultural and commercial use. Our new video shows see Oorja's pay-per-use irrigation service Oonnati in action.

  • Oorja is a Pay-per-use clean energy services company providing reliable and affordable irrigation, cold storage and Agroprocessing services in rural india.

    Diesel engines are a dominant source of energy across India, especially along the agricultural value chain.

     

    Farmers and agricultural enterprises face high operating costs and lack access to reliable and affordable alternatives. This stifles their productivity and income and has led to an agrarian and climate crisis.

  • About Oorja

    Oorja is a mission-driven social enterprise based in New Delhi, India. Oorja provides integrated energy solutions to replace diesel engines used along the agricultural value chain.

    Engineering, financing and installation of distributed solar energy systems with no upfront cost to end-users.
     

    Operations and maintenance of solar systems for their full useful lifetime.

     

    Sales of reliable and affordable energy services for productive use on a pay-per-use basis and rendering of excellent customer service.

  • oorja's services

    💦 Irrigation as a service for smallholder farmers. Available on-farm on a pay-per-litre basis.

    ❄️ Cold storage for perishable goods as a service for smallholder farmers. Available at the farm gate on a pay-per-store basis.

    ⚡ Electricity as a service for agri- and micro-enterprises. Available on pay-per-kg rate at rural markeplaces.

  • Impact

    We are aligned to 5 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

    Affordable, reliable energy is fundamental to economic activity and poverty allevation. It empowers people as they seek a range of benefits and services: from better livelihoods to quality health and education, from cleaner indoor air and safer homes, to lives of greater dignity and less hard labour. Access to clean energy services can transform the lives of youth, women and girls by significantly increasing income when linked to productive activities within their communities. Displacing fossil fuels in favour of solar energy also delivers significant carbon emissions savings.

  • 51.1

    PV capacity (kWp)

    1,174

    Lives impacted

    5

    jobs created in

    last-mile rural communities

    5,780

    litres of diesel and

    kerosene saved

    14,962

    kg CO2eq saved

  • Team

    CEO & Co-Founder

    Amit has 15 years of diverse global experience in business consulting, financial services, and development practice in India, the US and Switzerland. He brings to Oorja a strong grasp of business strategy, financial acumen and operations expertise. Amit has also conducted impact evaluation in rural India and Gambia for UNICEF. He holds a Master’s degree in International Development from Columbia University, a BCom in Accountancy and Financial Management from Sydenham College and a professional certification in Social Entrepreneurship. Amit is an Echoing Green Climate Fellow and was named on the SE100 list of the most Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs.

    CTO & Co-Founder

    Clementine obtained her PhD in bioenergy from Imperial College London, equipping her with expertise in cost-effective design of distributed energy systems from an engineering, economic and socio-cultural perspective. She has worked as a renewable energy consultant for New Climate Economy, the European Commission, and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change. Clementine holds a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. She has strong communication skills in six languages and is a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur and MIT 35 Under 35 Innovator.

    Operations Engineer

    Pushpendra handles the electrical installation, civil works and training for new solar projects, building on his two years of ground operations experience within the Oorja team. He also supervises our field technicians and operators to ensure regular O&M, timely payment collections and outstanding customer servicing. Pushpendra holds a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering and previously worked as a graduate technical apprentice with Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, India’s largest power plant equipment manufacturer. He also has experience in solar street lighting installation.

    Project Officer

    Preeti is responsible for project and impact data analysis, fostering and maintaining partnerships with grassroots organisations and technology providers, external communications and report writing. Preeti brings a background in Ecology and Environment Studies from her M.Sc at Nalanda University and previously spent one year with smart metering firm Doorastha Analytics, where she gained experience of solar mini-grid project planning and implementation. Preeti has also worked as a research intern at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology & the Environment and at the National Institute for Solar Energy of India.

    Sales & BD Manager

    Narendra heads sales, marketing and business development at Oorja. He has more than 10 years of professional experience in rural business including energy sales and marketing, operations and project management and a strong grasp of sustainable development challenges. Narendra was previously leading sales in eastern Uttar Pradesh with rural micro-grid developer Mera Gao Power. He holds an MBA in HR & Marketing from Swami Vivekanand Subharti University, Meerut.

    Solar Technician

    Chitrasen is a solar technician at Oorja's sites in Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh, where he is responsible for day-to-day operations, maintenance and customer service of our community solar pumps and mini-grid. He holds an ITI Fitter diploma and completed his IT training at the National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology. Chitrasen has worked for four years in the manufacturing and energy industries.

    Munish Kumar

    Accounting & Finance Assistant

    Munish is a Chartered Accountant (CA) presently associated with Agarwal Singhania & Co. He has 5 years of experience handling finance and accounting functions for various clients. Munish works with Oorja on a part-time basis and supports with accounting, financial reporting, payroll and managing day-to-day compliance. 

    Purushottam Verma

    Pump Operator

    Purushottam is a Pump Operator in Bahraich district, U.P. He distributes affordable water services for irrigation and collects payments from farmers in his village. Purushottam's family is engaged in sugarcane farming so having year-round access to water is a critical priority.

    Ramchandra Arya

    Pump Operator

    Ramchandra is a Pump Operator in Bahraich district, U.P. He is responsible for water distribution and payment collections from a 5 HP and 3 HP solar pump. He grows rice, wheat and maize for his family's own consumption.

  • Board of advisors

    Venture Partner, Idinvest Partners

    Fabio Mondini is an international venture capitalist with over 20 years’ experience in 20 countries. He focuses on growth capital investments in the Cleantech sector, where he specializes in renewable energy. Before joining Idinvest Partners, Fabio held roles including managing multi-billion dollar acquisitions at ENEL Group and founded and sold RenEn, a leading Italian renewable energy firm that has deployed over 300 MW of solar projects. He holds an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering degree from MIT and MBA from INSEAD.

    Managing Partner, Merian Ventures

    Alexsis de Raadt St James is an investor and entrepreneur with over 25 years of investment experience. She is the founder and managing partner of Merian Ventures, a US and UK venture-
    capital firm that partners with exceptional female entrepreneurs. Prior to creating Merian Ventures, Alexsis held leadership roles and board seats with companies she funded or founded, senior executive roles in YBA Ventures, Commerce One and Shell International. Alexsis has an MS in Network Economics from MIT, an MBA from Erasmus University and a BA from UT Austin.

    Professor,

    De Montfort University

    Prof. Bhattacharyya is an internationally renowned energy specialist with deep knowledge of global energy-environment issues. He specialises in techno-economic, regulatory, and environmental studies of off-grid energy systems for rural electrification in developing economies, particularly India. Subhes' research is supported by energy-environment systems modelling and regulatory and investment analysis tools. He holds a PhD and Master's degree in Applied Economics and Energy Economics from UPM France.

    Portfolio Cohort Director, Sustainable Accelerator

    Irene Maffini is an experienced environmental technology commercialisation and investment professional. She has worked with more than 60 pioneering sustainability SMEs and on commercialisation, incubation and investment programmes for the Carbon Trust, the UK Government, the European Commission, the World Bank and UNDP. Irene is a PhD candidate at UCL and she holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and a double degree in Business & Economics from Northeastern University and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.
     

    Managing Director, Vista Ventures Social Impact Fund

    Bill Harrington is a consultant, investment advisor and investor in social enterprises. He is a principal in Vista Ventures, LLC, which provides advice to social entrepreneurs, socially motivated investors, NGOs and businesses, often located in developing countries. Bill has twenty-five years of business experience with microfinance institutions and small-and-medium-size enterprises in Latin America, Africa, and South Asia. He has authored papers on investment capital in microfinance, valuation in developing countries, and business planning.

    Senior Partner, Agarwal Singhania & Co.

    Vasudha is a Chartered Accountant and senior partner with New Delhi accounting firm Agarwal Singhania & Co. She has over 10 years’ experience as an accounting professional and spent 5 years at Big Four accounting firms. Vasudha supervises Oorja’s finance functions including reporting, audit and banking, and advises on accounting, compliance, tax legal and regulatory areas of the business. She has worked closely with organisation from global corporations including ENGIE, Enel and Statkraft to SMEs in the social sector.

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    In April 2016 we were awarded Social Innovation of the Year by MIT Technology Review and recognized as one of 10 Innovators Under 35 France.
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    In April 2016 we were awarded Social Innovation of the Year by MIT Technology Review and recognized as one of 10 Innovators Under 35 France.
    We’re happy to announce Oorja is the official Indian partner of Charge, the world’s first Energy Branding Conference.
    Oorja is proud to be a partner of Power for All
    a growing roster of renowned practitioners and ecosystem enablers in the off-grid clean energy space in India to influence critical issues related to policy, financing, training and technology.
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