JASIC Volume. 4, Issue 2 (2023)


Afam Uzorka, Ademola Olatide Olaniyan, Olubusayo V. Fakuade


Renewable energy community engagement capacity building local communities sustainable development

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Engaging Communities In Renewable Energy Projects For Sustainable Development

Abstract: The pressing need to battle climate change and make the shift to sustainable energy sources has led to the emergence of renewable energy projects as critical solutions. While reducing the negative environmental effects of conventional fossil fuels, these programs hold up the prospect of clean, plentiful energy. However, the effective adoption of renewable energy into our world's energy system involves more than simply technological improvements; it also calls for the support and active participation of local communities. This study examines the value of community involvement and evaluates measures to strengthen local community to support renewable energy projects. With an emphasis on social acceptance, customized project design, and economic potential, the significance of incorporating local communities in the planning, implementation, and management of renewable energy projects are examined. The examination of capacity-building projects also reveals information about education and training activities, community leadership growth, technological transfer, and knowledge exchange. The advantages of combining resources, encouraging innovation, and promoting supportive policies are highlighted in the collaborative partnerships between governments, NGOs, business organizations, and local communities. Renewable energy projects may genuinely become engines for sustainable development by embracing community involvement and capacity-building, meeting local needs and aspirations while paving the path for a greener and more resilient future.