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A project from Enactus KIT e.V.
in Lumding, India

A social entrepreneurial intiative from Enactus KIT to replace polluting kerosene lamps with electric lamps charged through PV in rural India to help alleviate safety, social and health risks.

Silvan Stebner
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About this project

A team of volunteers from Enactus KIT have set forward to help illuminate some parts of rural India with the help of electric lamps and solar energy. The poject was initiated in 2016, and has been laying the groundworks to identify a starting point and local partnership.

Presently, with the help of Oozaru, the team has identified a village near Lumding, Assam as ground zero and set up a small kiosk for preliminary preparations. Due to Covid-19 we unfortunately had delays in our project as well. At the moment we hope to start building our solar kiosk as soon as possible. Our test market phase can also start now, after our package has traveled about 7,500 km. In the next step we plan to build the photovoltaic systems and set the starting signal for our kiosk.

The Problem
Around 200 Million Indians are still in need of electricity and use kerosene lamps for their daily use. These lamps pose both a safety as well as health risk in the household while also emitting a significant amount of greenhouse gases. In addition the quality of light isn't ideal for use and long-term usage leads to a weaker eyesight.

The Solution
A solar PV system that caters to charging electric lamps which are rented by the local populace aims to solve this issue while bringing many additional benefits. The set-up aims to create a job (that of a local entrepreneur) who would be trained in basic technical and administrative skills. The PV systems would help create awareness about green energy and sustainability in the village and in surrounding areas. The cost of renting the lamps [both service and lamp cost] is lower than the kerosene cost for the same usage, and cost falls after a year when the cost of the lamp is recovered and the villagers pay for the service only.

The long-term goal is to generate enough revenues to install a second system in a different village. This depends heavily on the success of the pilot project but due to the lower PV prices and almost lack of operating cost, the potential for such a model is great.

If you have any further questions, if you would like to join us or if you are interested in cooperating, we look forward to receiving an e-mail from you: