1,000 rural households to go solar

Managing director of SELCO Solar Pvt Ltd Harish Hande (left) interacts with students of Sri Vidyaniketan School at Jaraganahalli on Monday. Country president of Applied Materials India Aninda Moitra is also seen. dh Photo

Most of the households identified for the project have no reliable access to electricity and cannot afford solar home lightning systems due to their economic status. “Approximately 400 million people are without access to reliable electricity and an estimated 1,00,000 villages are without access to the national grid. In these cases, the use of coal, kerosene, and other “dirty” fuel sources of power cause serious health and environmental concerns,” said Aninda Moitra, Country President, Applied Materials India.

Initiated in May 2011, the project has already been implemented in 202 households and four schools. On completion, the project will impact over 10,000 individuals, and generate 279 kilowatt hours of clean and safe energy.

The Applied Materials Foundation and SELCO were invited to the Clinton Global Initiative to announce their commitment to electrifying villages and schools and training social entrepreneurs in rural India.

The CGI was established in 2005 by former US President Bill Clinton and is an annual gathering of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

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