Biomass Energy for Rural India

Project Summary

This project aims at developing and implementing a bioenergy technology package to reduce GHG emissions by up to 177 tons of C over the next 25 years, and to promote a sustainable and participatory approach to meeting rural energy needs. The project will be implemented mainly in two panchayats (a cluster of about 24 villages), of Tumkur district in Karnataka. The project goals will be achieved through (i). Demonstrating the technical feasibility and financial viability of bioenergy technologies on a significant scale, (ii). Building capacity and developing appropriate mechanisms for implementation, management and monitoring of the project; (iii). Developing financial, institutional and market strategies to overcome the identified barriers for large-scale replication of the bioenergy package for decentralized applications; and (iv). Disseminating the bioenergy technology and information package on a large scale.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
Department of Rural Development, Govt. of Karnataka; Karnataka State Council of Science and Technology (KSCST), Bangalore
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
196,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
4,017,000 USD
Co-financing Total
4,606,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
382,000 USD
Total Cost 8,819,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Preparation Grant Approved
01 Dec 1999
Concept Approved
01 Dec 1999
Project Approved for Implementation
21 Feb 2001
Project closed
31 Dec 2010