This document presented in the one of the side event of COP15, Copenhagen, discusses the lack of access to clean and modern energy in India rural population despite government initiatives in promoting cleaner technologies. The authors explore CDM/POA potential to promote renewables for GHG mitigation while achieving desired energy transformation and development in rural areas.

It concludes that, implementation of CSCs can bring about a significant change in the rural landscape of the country, reflecting an increased boost to sustainable development. The major challenges/barriers towards implementation can be taken care of by harnessing the potential of renewable energy technologies, and use of CDM PoA as a tool, thus encouraging private sector participation.