Solid Solar’s “Pay as you use” model lights up un-electrified villages

Solid solar (by Gautam Polymers) India’s largest solar lights manufacturer for last 15 yrs is working in over 2000 villages to deliver light and power to un-electrified villages in pay when you use business model. In a project with TERI and UPNEDA, it is working with village level entrepreneurs to put up mini grids for rural electrification, solar lantern and mobile charging stations that rent out lights or power on a daily basis to end users. This brings down costs for villagers as they get electricity on a pay as you use basis and also gives them a local sales and service point. This is a win – win situation for villagers where employment is getting generated apart from getting access to clean power.

Also , solid solar has tied up with various Grameen banks like Aryavart gramin bank to provide financing to end users on solar home systems and solar power packs that run tv , fans etc. As Director, Mrs Shubhra Mohanka puts it “with over 1 lac un-electrified villages, there is a still long way to go. But with every village we light up, we are motivated to go a step further. It was a moment of pride for us when solid solar lanterns lit up India gate during earth hour when all lights were switched off “. To further solid solar Endeavour in villages, international finance corporation (member of World Bank group) is providing business advisory services for training of bank managers to provide end user financing of solar home systems. This gives a ray of hope to un-electrified villages, where clean solar power becomes more affordable.

Source: India PRwire

About Ritesh Pothan

Ritesh Pothan, is an accomplished speaker and visionary in the Solar Energy space in India. Ritesh is from an Engineering Background with a Master’s Degree in Technology and had spent more than a decade as the Infrastructure Head for a public limited company with the last 9 years dedicated to Solar and Renewable Energy. He also runs the 2 largest India focused renewable energy groups on LinkedIn - Solar - India and Renewables - India
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