“I have always believed that Renewable energy is an important tool in our fight against climate change and this research fellowship will help to learn about the best practices and study ways of sustainable development that have happened in Germany like cooperative solar villages.”


Geo Sebastian (36 years) from India has been working in the rural development sector for the last 8 years with state governments of India, UNDP, E&Y and has been a consultant for various projects like the clean India initiative (Swachh Bharat Mission), National Rural Livelihoods Mission.  He has been working in the far-off regions of the Himalayas specifically in the villages of Pishu and Zanskar and tribal regions of West India to provide renewable energy solutions where there is no electricity and has helped in water lifting increase electricity access using solar energy.


His ISA project is to study the implementation of renewable energy technologies with the help of Germany’s microfinance sector and make a framework for implementation in India. He plans to research new tools & technologies, ways of living, and new policies and create a framework for implementation in India and make it more accessible and showcase the affordability of renewable energy.  The project aims to increase access to reliable and affordable clean energy technologies for low-income households and micro-enterprises in India after study of similar models in Germany.