The women of India’s Barefoot College bring light to remote villages

kamla-devi-from-barefoot-as-a-solar-engineer.1Being trained as solar-power engineers enables women from rural India to introduce electricity in isolated areas Kamla Devi was Rajasthan’s first woman to graduate from Barefoot college as a solar engineer. Securing the end of her bright yellow and orange sari firmly around her head, Santosh Devi climbs up to the rooftop of her house to clean her solar panels.
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Solar Air Drying Project Catches International Attention

Solar fish drying system set up by Planters Energy Network for government of Kerala through National Research Development Corporation, a Govt. of India Enterprise at Sakthikulankara harbor near Quilon is yielding satisfactory results.Set up at an estimated cost of `25,00,000/- spread over a 90 m2 area, it consists of solar air collector, a bio mass backup hot air generator and a recirculation stainless steel dryer with full automation for controlling the drying parameters.
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Clean, green and bright

Clean-green-and-brightIn the remote Kabbigere village in the Southern Indian state of Karnataka, greenery is conspicuous. What is not so visible in this remote village is that the Gram Panchayat is the first in India to sell power to a power grid.Kabbigere Gram Panchayat sells power generated by its self-run biomass power plants at a rate of Rs.2.85 per kWh (USD0.06) to the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company.
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Lighting up the lives

Animika loves to study English and she, too, wants one day to become a doctor. “The lights will be very useful so I can study more. There are lots of problems with electricity here. Recently there was no power for two or three days. If we have lamps we can work at night. I will have more time to study”, says Anamika..The state of Uttar Pradesh has a total of 454 KGBVs out of which 376 are run by the Government and 78 by various NGOs. More than 37,000 girls were enrolled in the programme in 2009.
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Renewable energy for rural livelihoods – Lighting up Women’s Future

Untitled-11On the edge of Rajasthan, four villages have had their dark nights lit up by incandescent bulbs. The villages, which are a series of homesteads scattered across an undulating dessert landscape, have never been connected to the power grid. The lights they now have are part of the Government of India and United Nations Development Programme project Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihoods At night, the bright white light from a single bulb lighting up a courtyard is the only guide to homesteads in a terrain without roads or demarcated pathways.
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Case of Ishwariya Village on Roof top Water Harvesting

Case-of-Ishwariya-Village-on-Roof-top-Water-Harvesting1Ishwariya village is located at 8 km from Amreli. The area is hilly and sloppy. The village population is 1957. The literacy rate in the village is 80.7 per cent. The ground water table was 80 ft. to 90ft. The quality of ground water was also degraded. The village did not have any reliable source for drinking water. Government was supplying water by tankers before watershed project. There were quarrels for fetching water from tankers in community and problem of drinking water was severe before the watershed project was implemented. Read more…

Light of the future shines in Mahtabera

Lanterns-bring-socio-economic-benefitsMahtabera is a small village in rural Jharkhand. The state is mostly inhabited by tribal people who earn their livelihood through farming and cattle rearing. Other sources of livelihood include agarbatti making, leaf plate and bowl making, collecting and sorting wild medicinal herbs and other domestic activities. Electricity has not reached the village as yet.
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Banganga: a village revived through solar power

Banganga is a village in Viratnagar block, Rajasthan. The village has witnessed immense underground water harvesting and massive deforestation. Hundreds of acres of land remains barren, leading to reduced rainfall in the region. The people in Banganga village are dependent on agriculture.
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