Pune, 7 December 2023: Customized Energy Solutions (CES), a global energy advisory and services company, hosted a gala ceremony to mark their 25th anniversary, which witnessed the presence of clean energy stakeholders and industry leaders at Taj Vivanta in Pune. The company also announced the success of 25 transformative initiatives in seven states across India. This milestone marks a commitment to sustainable rural economic development through CES’s MICRO initiatives in India and 25 Years of success across the globe. Since 1998, CES has been a pioneer in driving economic growth through innovative energy activities. From the picturesque landscapes of Meghalaya to the vibrant communities of Jharkhand, Nagaland, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Orissa, CES has left an indelible mark on rural landscapes by ensuring clean energy transition in the remotest parts of the country. Recently CES also organised a gala conference on 25 years of India’s Energy Transition celebrating 25 golden years of Customised Energy Solutions in empowering energy markets across the globe.
Stephen Fernands, Founder and President of Customized Energy Solutions said, “Since 1998, Customized Energy Solutions has driven economic development through its energy activities. As we celebrate 25 glorious years of CES, our recent initiatives in rural electrification and livelihoods reflect our commitment to empower lives through clean energy transition in India and across the globe. Our MICRO initiatives in Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Odisha aimed at improving agricultural values and livelihoods.”
Nitin Akhade, Executive Director- Energy Access and Livelihoods, Customised Energy Solutions said, “At CES(MICRO), we are using clean and decentralized energy technologies as a catalyst for economic development of unserved communities and small and medium sized businesses. It’s an humble attempt to promote rural energy transition and generate avenues for employment at grassroots. By doing so, creating and empowering local champions thereby ensuring sustainability and scale up of interventions.”
In Meghalaya’s Umshing, CES addresses forest fire threats by converting pine needles into pellets, creating a sustainable biofuel source. This initiative reduces forest fires and generates an impressive 1200 employment days annually, fostering local economic development.
Reflecting on this transformative journey, Dr. Rahul Walawalkar, MD & President CES India , shares, “Our work transcends beyond energy—it’s about transforming lives. CES envisions a future where transparent, efficient, and non-discriminatory energy markets drive sustainable growth.”
Moving to Jharkhand, CES’s pulses processing unit in Rikwa empowers women and promotes clean energy access. This cluster-based initiative, driven by a solar hybrid system, enhances production capacity to 200 kg/hr, contributing to women’s empowerment and clean energy access.
In Nagaland’s Tuensang, CES pioneers the concept of minigrids to provide clean energy access, contributing to community development and easing agricultural activities. This initiative involves a 20kW solar array and 25kWh Lithum Ion battery capacity, reflecting CES’s commitment to solving complex challenges in remote areas. The impact extends beyond energy, fostering economic development and improving agricultural practices in the region.
Chhattisgarh witnesses the transformation of bell metal crafts in Kondagaon as CES introduces energy-efficient furnaces, ensuring sustainable metal melting. This endeavour reduces financial struggles faced by artisans and adds a contemporary touch to traditional craftsmanship. The project has a direct impact on preserving cultural heritage while introducing sustainable practices.
Rajasthan experiences the solarization of Bulk Milk Chillers in Saroli, reducing dependency on diesel and ensuring clean energy access. This initiative involves a 4 kW solar capacity and a 14 kWh battery energy storage system for 1000 litres for Bulk Milk Chillers and 6kW solar capacity and a 22 kWh battery energy storage system for 2000 litres for Bulk Milk Chillers , reflecting CES’s dedication to finding innovative solutions to regional challenges. The project significantly contributes to environmental sustainability, reducing reliance on non-renewable energy sources.
In Orissa’s Jagatsinghpur, CES and LALL collaborate to set up pulses milling units, fostering economic growth and providing processing capacity. The project contributes to employment generation and economic prosperity in the region, with 580 employment days generated annually. It directly impacts local economies, enhancing agricultural processing capabilities and creating sustainable employment opportunities.
CES’s impactful journey extends globally, with projects like MOWGLI focusing on planning and designing mini grids in remote areas worldwide, and Microcredit supporting small farmers globally, with a lot of people securing loans. These initiatives contribute to global sustainable development goals, promoting access to clean energy, economic growth, and social well-being.