Jatropha - micro & macro economic advantages
The potential benefits of such installations, running on locally produced ecologically sound fuel are clear. The process is CO2 neutral. The money paid for the fuel goes straight to the local people who collect the seed, rather than leaving the village, and then the country to pay for expensive fossil fuel imports. MFC's studies show that around half the cost of operating a typical platform goes to pay for fuel, so the effects on the village economy of using this locally produced fuel can be dramatic.