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  project name ~ Solar LED Bank 2007-08

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  Project Name

 

Solar LED Bank 2007-08

  NGO

 

ANT (Action NorthEast Trust)

  Category

 

Alternate Energy

  District

 

Bongaigaon

  State

 

Assam

  Budget Approved

 

$ 8725

 

  Year Approved

 

2007

 

 
 
 
 
 

  Photographs

 

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  Chapter Coordinators

 

Shivkumar Jolad

 

College Station
Columbus
San Diego

 

  Caption

 

 

Solar LED bulb

 

  Summary

 

 

Nearly 87% of the Assam households are not electrified. Given this abysmal energy scenario and very little hope of government action in the near future, the NGO Action North East Trust has come up with an idea of providing a non-conventional, environmental friendly, low cost effective lighting solution through solar energy which will reach poorest of the poor people in the rural villages Assam.

The NGO conducted a pilot project which has been highly successful and the villagers who used these systems have had significant improvement in their quality of lifestyles. For example, schools going kids could do homework, parents could read after dark; also helped in significant reduction in monthly expenses on kerosene.

In this project, the NGO will set up a bank which will provide easy loans to purchase solar LEDs for villagers who are poorest. The loans recovered will be used to sustain and scale up the project. This will lit the hopes of villagers who have no hopes of government scaling up electricity projects to villagers in the near future.

Project has been approved by AID Columbus. First set of updates expected by Sept 2007.

 
 

  Achievements

 

 

Lamps have been procured from the Surya Bijlee Foundation. A site visit done in May 2008 by an AID volunteer found that "the quality of life has increased in general as people can do chores in the evening, and children can study. The delight that these lamps were bringing into people’s lives was very evident on visiting these three houses. The weavers can weave in the light of the solar lamps, and join the yarn that breaks with the help of a torch."

 

  Goals

 

 

(1) Setting up an LED bank (2) Effectively spread the idea through the women''''s weaver and Jagruti groups. (3) Provide necessary technical support. (4) Sustain and scaling up of the project. (5) Spread the idea to other NE NGOs. Try to convince government to promote solar LEDs.

 
 

  


 
 
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