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Jay commented on Don't waste the waste! UPDATE Feb 9

Hey Simon,
It’s a great step to bring the community together to start a renewable energy project.
In India, here are some of the issues that are currently being encountered regarding the bio-gas plants:
1) As a single village has number of households, so are we talking of constructing one big plant and distributing or installing one for one or two households. How the gas will be distributed between different households? What will be the cost of installing pipes for distribution and who will bear it?
2) How about the maintenance of these plants. How to train and make the users responsible to maintain the plants?
3) As even the small farmers are moving to mechanized form of farming, cow dung and other vegetable waste is decreasing. As the farmers are already under cash flow problems due to high inflation in the country so will this bring any extra help for them or create another responsibility for future?
4) How the different households will collaborate and get the required cow dung?
5) In villages farmers even use dried cow dung cakes to burn fire and use energy. How bio-gas plant is more economical than using cow dung cakes?
6) As the villagers in India are poor, how to get the land parcel for the plant and who will bear the cost?
It is important that the community accepts the initiative and shouldn't take it as something for free with no future investment of time and money (if further maintenance required).How do we monetize the maintenance part and how do we fix the responsibilities in the democratic community regarding the responsibilities.
As most of the villages in India are not well educated and skilled in bio gas plant construction/maintenance it can be a good idea to create some kind of fund or setup to train villagers in the bio-gas technology, how to set it up, what are costs involved, how to maintain it and how to run it efficiently? A pilot can also be run in a cluster of villages and the investments can be targeted to keep a small team per cluster to train the villagers in how to construct and maintain the plants-make them self-sufficient .Once they are well trained and see the advantage themselves , let them take an initiative to construct the plant and maintain .Some help can be given at this point for low interest loans or a crowd funding kind of a setup where the returns can be invested back in the village or other bio-gas plants
In short I am saying that invest in training and follow up on training till the village cluster is self-sustained.

Karen congratulations on this great initiative!
Usually people don’t see too much into the future .They are usually more confined to their immediate surroundings and time until something really moves them to make a change. That is why we see bigger actions when we talk of immediate savings or anything that can happen in a short time.
Showing positive outcomes (from solar energy) and discussing in community can definitely bring a change in the thoughts but I think the bigger change is possible if you could show what if we don’t use this and how it can impact our future generations? You can consider creating and displaying video clippings/picture clippings to the community gatherings showing future if we go the solar energy way or if we go the other way and how the environment (show the difference in the visuals and the sounds) will be different in both the clippings. Then take the participants views and discuss how they can make a difference and how their decisions can make a small change to their future generations.