Mr. Parimal M. Sadaphal is a seasoned Development Professional with more than 25 years experience primarily in the areas of Rural Energy and Renewable Energy. Over the years, he has accumulated experience not only in planning, executing, coordinating and managing field projects but also in design innovation, process innovation, energy policy and regulation, research and documentation. Long term sustainability of renewable and rural energy initiatives has also been an area of focus.


Beginning his career as Research Associate in the Tata Energy Research Institute (now The Energy and Resources Institute – TERI), Parimal dealt with rural and decentralized applications of various kinds of renewable energy technologies including Solar, Wind, Biomass Gasification, bio-gas, improved cook-stoves and Mini-micro Hydro. He also extensively worked on Rural Energy Planning – particularly at block, district and even state level as well as looked at policy aspects. Needless to say, the renewable energy technologies featured prominently in all these plans. He has also evaluated several renewable energy projects and programmes thus giving him valuable insight into the lessons and learnings thereof.
After about 9 years of association with TERI, Parimal spent about 4 years at International Development Enterprises (IDE) where he gained significant knowledge about sustainable development through businesses approaches – a relatively new concept. While working in the capacity of Senior Manager (R&D) he has been associated programmes that dealt with innovative ways of building in self-sustainability in any kind of rural intervention through open market mechanisms.
Parimal headed the India Field Office of a Canadian non-profit organization CHF-PARTNERS which is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. During his tenure with them, he has overseen the implementation of the Canada– India Rural Energy Project, which was a major capacity building initiative funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). A certain component of this project was also awarded the Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in 2003 by the Ashden Trust,UK.
Parimal has also operated as a freelance consultant and has done assignments for a variety of international organizations such as The World Bank where he is an Environmental Safeguards Specialist, Winrock International India for whom he worked as Advisor, Rural Energy, United Nations Development Programme; Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; Indo-Canadian Environment Facility; SGA Energy, Ottawa, Canada; The Practica Foundation, The Netherlands and Light-up-the-World Foundation, Canada. Recently, Parimal has concluded an assignment with the Asian and Pacific Centre for Technology Transfer on developing a cooperation mechanism in renewable energy for countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
Parimal is closely associated with a number of innovative initiatives that included:
  • Promotion of renewable and clean energy applications in rural as well as urban areas
  • Addressing development issues with a strong focus on open market mechanisms for long term sustainability
  • Integrating renewable energy sources with traditional rural and urban economic activities
  • Conceptualizing innovative technology-finance interface mechanisms to enhance affordability and sustainability
  • Promoting community or group based entrepreneurship activities to address poverty issues
  • Promoting management systems, quality assurance and responsive after sales service back-up to improve acceptability of new technologies
  • Intensive training and capacity building of NGOs, SMEs as well as community
  • Decentralized village electrification through renewable energy
  • Environmental sustainability and safeguards
In these projects, he has provided overall guidance as well as specific inputs to several aspects such as determination of course content, training material preparation, faculty selection and management, course delivery, system sizing, system design, installation & commissioning, sustainability issues, user training and capacity building for local self-management.
Academic Credentials:
  • Master’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute,New Delhi
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering from Punjabrao Krishi Vidyapeeth,Akola,Maharashtra
Prominent projects / assignments handled:
  • National Consultant (Energy Sector) for UNDP India working on Access to Clean Energy concepts
  • Lead Consultant with the Asia-Pacific Centre for Technology Transfer (a wing of the United Nations) on promoting cooperation amongst in renewable energy in about 20 SAARC countries.
  • Environmental Safeguards Specialist for The World Bank as well as the International Finance Corporation in projects involving rural livelihoods, carbon finance and industry.
  • Electrification of a village in Chhattisgarh through bio-fuels including a sustainable institutional mechanism for its operation and maintenance; project includes installation of equipment and community organization; for Winrock International India (Project funded by British High Commission,New Delhi).
  • Commercialization of Renewable Energy Technologies in India– project involves setting up sustainable businesses in rural areas that use some renewable energy technology –  for Winrock International India (Project funded by UNDESA).
  • Acted as faculty for a number of training programmes including SFCBA (Banker’s training in renewable energy), Policy oriented training programmes for IAS Officers / Government Officials, Officials from other developing countries.
  • Preparation of a Detailed Project Report for electrification of a village in Andhra Pradesh through bio-fuels including a sustainable institutional mechanism for its operation and maintenance for Winrock International India (Project funded by Electricite de France – EDF).
  • Preparation of a Detailed Project Report for electrification of a village in Uttar Pradesh through bio-fuels including a sustainable institutional mechanism for its operation and maintenance for Winrock International India (Project funded by Electricite de France – EDF).
  • The Canada India Rural Energy Project – involving capacity building of a network of NGOs spread over 14 states in India for CHF-PARTNERS, Ottawa, Canada (project funded by CIDA)
  • Developing a comprehensive project document for a nation wide programme on Solar Lanterns through Micro-Credit (SLiM) for the Indian Rural Energy Network (IRENet).
  • Setting up a market for solar photovoltaic products in the carpet-weaving belt of eastern UP with special innovative finance mechanism for economically weaker sections for Winrock International India (Project funded by IKEA Trading).
  • Scope for entrepreneurship development in energy conserving technologies; Project sponsored by Swiss Development Cooperation (sdc).
  • Environmentally Sound Energy Development (Agricultural Sector Study); Project sponsored by United Nations Environment Programme (unep)
  • Developing an energy plan for the blocks Daporijo, Seppa and Roing Dambuk in Arunachal Pradesh; Project sponsored by the Rural Works Department, Government of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Developing an action plan for the use of Renewable Energy Technologies for the North-Eastern region ofIndia; Project sponsored by North Eastern Council.
  • Setting up of a Reference Urjagram in Himachal Pradesh; Project sponsored by Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources (mnes), Government of India.
  • Evaluation of Solar Photovoltaic Power plants; Project sponsored by mnes.
  • Alternate Energy Action Plan: Evaluation of Improved Cookstoves and micro-hydel power; Project sponsored by United Nations Development Programme (undp)
  • Efficiency Enhancement Studies on Agricultural Pumpsets in Dhanawas village (district Gurgaon, Haryana); Project sponsored by teri.
  • Installation and monitoring of Solar Photovoltaic Pumps in India; Project sponsored by Department of Non-Conventional Energy Sources (dnes), Ministry of Energy, Government of India.
  • Case studies on the performance of Improved Cookstoves in the states of Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Project sponsored by Consortium on Rural Technology (cort)New Delhi.
  • Evaluation of the “National Programme on Improved Chulhas”, Project sponsored by dnes.
  • Activity impact and user need survey in village Dhanawas (Haryana); Project sponsored by Government of Haryana.
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