Renuka is a student at the Antrat Village School in Maharashtra where we recently installed a solar array and gave her a solar lantern to use at night. Renuka is in the 4th grade and is one of the top students in her class. She doesn’t let the fact that she is from the scheduled tribe caste hold her back from her dream of becoming a doctor. Her parents are laborers for the poultry farm in their village of Antrat Nid and she looks forward to the day when she can support them and provide medical services to the rest of her community. With solar power at her school and solar lighting to study by at night Renuka will have a brighter future.
Cyclone Disaster Relief Tamil Nadu
In April of 2019 we launched one of our largest solar lighting projects yet, providing 500 homes in Keela Village Tamil Nadu India with much needed solar lights. Keela village was devastated by a cyclone earlier in the year and the village which was already under served with inadequate electrical infrastructure was left in even worse shape after the storm.
Solar Sales and Financing Pilot Project
In the Fall of 2018 we launched our solar sales and financing pilot project as part of our efforts to transition from the charitable giving model to a sustainable development model. The project took place over a 6 month period and the results were very promising with with over 75% of households solicited participating in the program with and over 95% of those households reporting their satisfaction and increased productivity because of the lights.
Puerto Rico Solar Community Centers
In the Fall of 2019 Solar Village Project partnered with Footprint Project, MADR and The Rock Spring Congregation installing solar arrays for 3 rural community centers in Puerto Rico. The community centers are part of a grass roots community organizations that were formed after hurricanes Maria and Irma devastated the island. The community centers host a wide range of activities from art classes to health fairs. The solar arrays will allow the community centers to be operated on 100% solar power ensuring they can continue to provide much needed support for the communities they serve, including a community kitchens, learning centers and a computer labs.
Sustainable Schools Initiative
In February 2020 we launched the second phase of our Education Impact Projects providing 5 rural schools in Maharashtra India with solar arrays and all 350 students of these schools with there own solar lanterns so they could study at night. Prior to the installation of the solar arrays the schools would often go for days on end without electricity due to their inadequate grid connections. Now the schools have consistent power 24 hours a day 7 days a week.