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  project name ~ Solar Lamp Microcredit Scheme

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  Project Name

 

Solar Lamp Microcredit Scheme

  NGO

 

AID India

  Category

 

Alternate Energy

  District

 

Gajapati

  State

 

Orissa

  Budget Approved

 

Rs 100000

 

  Year Approved

 

2009

 

 
 
 
 
 

  Photographs

 

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  Chapter Coordinators

 

Nagendran Rangan

 

Tempe

 

  Caption

 

 

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  Summary

 

 

AID Rural Technology Resource Center (ARTRC) is located in the backward remote district of Gajapati on the border of Andhra and Odisha. ARTRC was the location where much of the early development and field trial took place that led to the commercial production of the low cost LED lamp – Solar Flare by Green Light Planet Inc – a for profit company set up for the purpose by the students who developed the concept. Information on ARTRC is at http://orissa.aidindia.org.

The proposal is for a microcedit scheme for the distribution of the solar lamps.

 
 

  Achievements

 

 

Over thousands of hours of on-the-ground work in rural Indian villages (in Odisha), the Greenlight Planet team developed and market-tested its first product, a cutting-edge device that provides brighter, cheaper, healthier light for the home. The award-winning SolarFlare™ is charged by a corded solar panel that sits on the user’s roof. At night, high-efficiency light-emitting diodes (LEDs) provide hours of bright, adjustable light at the push of a button. The SolarFlare™ saves the user money, and in market trials, villagers purchased prototypes two at a time. Moreover, Greenlight Planet has developed its first product as an electricity platform to power a range of products in India’s 130 million non-electrified homes.

 

  Goals

 

 

Long term vision – to make Odisha the first kerosene lamp free state. Given the link of Greenlight Planet with ARTRC starting with the student projects undertaken in tribal villages of Keunjhar and Gajapati, the company is planning to launch its product in Odisha in March 2009.

 
 

  


 
 
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