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OONNATI IS LIVE IN ASSAM!
Oorja successfully deployed three new 3 HP Community Solar Pumps in Bongaigaon district, Assam. Our Oonnati affordable irrigation service was launched among 37 smallholder farmers practising paddy and horticulture. This project was supported by the 165 generous backers of our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.
The Keeling Curve Prize is a global warming mitigation project that recognises solutions across the globe that have significant potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Our CEO Amit explains Oorja's mission of providing affordable solar energy services, from electrifying small businesses to powering solar irrigation pumps to increase income and productivity in rural markets.
“Replacing diesel engines, using energy as a catalyst for economic development and creation of jobs, and combating climate change – these are the three core elements of our mission,” says Amit Saraogi.
Oorja is a Pay-per-use clean energy services company providing reliable and affordable energy, irrigation and cold storage services in 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.
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.
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❄️ Cold storage for perishable goods as a service for smallholder farmers. Available at the farm gate on a pay-per-store basis.
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⚡ Electricity as a service for agri- and micro-enterprises. Available on pay-per-unit and fixed monthly tariffs at rural marketplaces.
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.
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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. He hopes to champion decentralised energy systems to reach the most marginalised in society.
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. Clementine's passion lies in using renewable resources as a catalyst to bring about lasting socio-economic and environmental impact.
Lanvin is involved in project planning, management and reporting. He handles energy audits, techno-commercial and feasibility assessments for new solar projects, as well as local partnership building and impact management. Lanvin previously worked as a green energy engineer at FAO and UNDP, where he drafted business cases and evaluated tenders for solar hybrid systems in United Nations country offices. Lanvin obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT Manipal and holds a Master's in Sustainable Engineering from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, UK. He has a keen interest in how solar energy can be exploited for economic and social development.
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. Pushpendra enjoys working closely with rural communities and helping them fulfil their aspirations from an energy perspective and beyond.
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.
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 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.
Mostafa is a Pump Operator in Bongaigaon district, Assam. He is responsible for operating, distributing water, payment collections and security at three 3 HP solar pumps. Mostafa’s family is engaged in cultivating paddy and horticultural crops. He has a BA from Guwahati University.
Panita is a Pump Operator in Bongaigaon district, Assam. She operates, distributes water and collects payments for three 3 HP solar pumps. She also works on the family farm where she is engaged in cultivating two seasons of paddy crops.
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.
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.
Partner, DBL Partners
Marc Van Den Berg is an active impact investor and director at DBL Partners and has focused on cleantech, energy and advanced technology investments for the past 10 years. He specializes in the clean energy, clean water and semiconductor industries and previously spent 25 years in both venture-backed startups and multinational public companies in Silicon Valley and abroad. Marc is a graduate of Santa Clara University with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
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.
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