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Business Diversification Fellow (Solar)

Oorja Development Solutions India Private Limited

Business Diversification Fellow (Solar)

About the Organization:

Oorja is a Farming-as-a-Service company that addresses the energy, agrarian,, and climate crises faced by smallholder farmers in India. We provide solar-powered irrigation and milling services on a pay-per-use basis to smallholder farmers previously reliant on fossil fuels. Oorja also provides complimentary Farmer Advisory services to its irrigation users. Agronomists provide Farmer Advisory services on best practices for each cultivation step, from soil preparation to precise input application to harvesting helping farmers adopt sustainable agricultural practices thereby reducing costs and increasing productivity. Decentralized solar power is a suitable technology, but the initial investment cost for these systems is prohibitively high. Oorja has pioneered an inclusive business model that removes the upfront cost barrier of equipment and reduces on-farm energy costs by up to 50%. This will accelerate the adoption of clean energy among smallholder farmers with limited financial capital, landholding, and social capital.

Fellowship Description:

As Oorja expands its services and impact, we are looking at possible avenues of service expansion. The intern would play a crucial role in researching and evaluating potential business avenues related to but not limited to agrivoltaics, solar rooftops, and solar mini-grids. The intern is expected to delve into the current business landscape of the above-mentioned opportunities, identify feasible opportunities for Oorja in North-Eastern India and shortlist opportunities. The primary responsibility will be to conduct internet-based research and gather data from various sources to analyze and recommend feasible opportunities and possible business models for implementation. Some of the criteria to look at (but not limited to):
Large-scale solar-based solutions for smallholder farmers
Government and Private funding available
Existing business models in South East Asia for smallholders
Costs and Potential Revenue

Fellow Qualifications:

Currently pursuing or recently completed a degree in Social entrepreneurship, Agriculture, Renewable Energy, or another relevant discipline.
Familiarity with agricultural practices with geography and topography of Indian states.
Strong research and analytical skills with the ability to gather, interpret, and present data effectively.
Detail-oriented and organized, capable of handling large volumes of information.
Proficient in using internet search engines, databases, and research tools.

Time Commitment: 25 hours / week

Business Diversification Fellow (Solar)

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