Sonya Fernandes of REEEP's South Asia Secretariat recently authored an article in Asia Pacific Tech Monitor, entitled Promoting clean energy business models in small and medium enterprises.
Abstract of article
Micro, small, and medium enterprises — constitute to almost 90% of the total industrial establishments in India — accounts for about 45% of the industrial production and 40% of the total exports in the manufacturing sector. It employs an estimated 59 million persons spread over 26 million enterprises. In terms of its contribution to India’s GDP, it is expected to touch 10%. SMEs are also believed to be high polluters due to use of outdated technologies and/or lack of end-of-line pollution control systems.
This paper through its case studies and examples will help us look as SMEs not only as a potential market for Renewable Energy Technology (RET) but also as developers/innovators/suppliers of RETs. The paper also outlines the linkages between SMEs and society as SMEs contribute significantly to India's development, employment, and tax revenue. It looks at the possibilities of small enterprises acting as pilot testing units prior to larger deployments of renewable energy technologies/ideas/innovations.
The article can be downloaded below.