One of the major opportunities in India lies in providing energy access for the more than 400 Million people who don’t have electricity, most of whom, are spending heavily about 25 to 30% of their family income on kerosene !
These are the poorest people on the planet. Ironically, the world’s poorest can best afford the most sophisticated lighting — off-grid combinations of solar panels, power electronics, and LED lights. And this creates an opportunity for which the economics are compelling, the moral urgency profound, the development benefits enormous, and the potential leverage game changing. The cost of conventional sources — the ingredients of conventional grid power — are soaring. Meanwhile, the cost of solar panels and LEDs, the ingredients of distributed renewable power, are racing down even faster.
If we want the poor to benefit from electricity we cannot wait for the grid, and we cannot rely on fossil fuels. The International Energy Agency, historically a grid-centric, establishment voice, admits that half of those without electricity today will never be wired. The government of India estimates that two-thirds of its non-electrified households need distributed power
The poor already pay for light. They pay for kerosene and candles. And they pay a lot. Kerosene costs 25 to 30 % of a family’s income — globally that amounts to $36 billion a year. The poor do not use kerosene because it is cheap, it’s a need of an hour for them. Kerosene being some of the most polluting energy sources and the majority of rural homes being poorly ventilated, use of kerosene lamps poses an increased health hazard, causing respiratory and eye problems. In addition, inhalation of the fumes affects the longevity of women involved in many of the household chores.
Realizing this, we promote the Community Solar Powered Products which can benefit the masses to the greatest extent and subsequently empowering their lives.