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Energy Convergence for Off-Grid Amazonian Communities Program

Michigan State University

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Advancing Climate Change Solutions
  • Grant Amount $200,000
  • Grant Period October 1, 2024–September 30, 2026
  • Location East Lansing, MI, United States
  • Geographic Focus Brazil

About this grant

This project supports Michigan State University, in partnership with a federal Brazilian university, to develop and implement a community engagement model for delivering renewable energy systems in the Tapajos-Arapiuns basin of the Brazilian Amazon. Over the previous grant period, researchers worked closely with communities to understand their needs and co-design energy systems. The grantee provided training for local technicians and installed energy systems in several communities. The grant renewal will support implementing renewable energy systems in additional communities, train technicians and disseminate information through media products. Michigan State University and its partners will also engage with leaders in the energy sector to promote participatory community engagement as a scalable solution for electrifying isolated communities in the Amazon and combat climate change.