Oorja Development Solutions

Pay-per-use clean agricultural energy services for marginalized farmers in India

Employee Gender Breakdown

33% women

Innovation Type

Water-Energy-Food

Company Stage

Pre-breakeven

Financing Goals

Seeking combination of debt and equity

Seeking investment?

Yes

Country of Incorporation

India

Country(Ies) of Implementation

India

Contact Name

Dr. Clementine Chambon

Challenge

In rural India, activities across the agricultural value chain are powered by expensive and polluting diesel engines. Energy poverty stifles agricultural productivity and farmer income and contributes to the climate emergency. Switching to an alternative energy source is not an option, as around 85% of farmers are small landholders and cannot afford to invest in solar technology.

Solution

Oorja is a farming-as-a-service (FAAS) company that finances, installs, operates, and maintains decentralized solar energy systems for agricultural use. It sells affordable and reliable irrigation, and agro-processing and refrigeration services to farmers on a pay-per-use basis, without any upfront technology acquisition costs. Access to these services enables smallholders, low-income and women farmers to reduce their input costs, boost their crop yields by up to 30%, diversify and expand their cropping systems, and sustainably increase their income from farming.

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