Spreading Solar lights in the Villages of India

By Gourab Das

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My name is Gourab and I am raising money for Spreading the electricity over the villages in India where they have no electricity. This is important to me because I want them to get into the light from the darkness as we live in the city. I want to request for your help to achieve this. Please help by donating or sharing the fundraiser with your friends and family.

You are one who can turn on the lights on in their life of darkness. 



Here is our project for the Solar Light

As per Census Report 2011, more than one lakh villages in India are yet to be electrified. Further, more than 40 per cent rural households do not have access to electricity and largely depend on kerosene for lighting. It is estimated that more than 13 crore school children use kerosene lamps for studying after sunset.

Demand for power is growing exponentially. Industry and agriculture sectors are severely affected on account of power shortage. In the short run it will be difficult to meet the energy demand through already stressed out grid power. The need is therefore promote off-grid and renewable energy so as to take power to remote areas. Even in electrified areas, frequent power outages; suggest use of more renewable energy.

Solar Energy is emerging as a front runner amongst different sources of renewable energy because of inherent advantages. It is an inexhaustible and free source of energy. India has the unique advantage of having 300 plus clear sunny days. We hope this will propel setting up Solar LED light units across the villages and taking light into the lives of people who lack access to electricity.


  • Globally 1.7 billion people do not have access to electricity. Out of these 1.7 billion people roughly 25% are in India alone and rest in other developing countries. This is largely because in developing countries Governments find the cost of bringing the traditional grid form of electricity to remote villages prohibitive; hence homes of many rural poor remain un-electrified. Once the sun sets, life in rural households practically comes to a standstill, and everyday routine activities such as cooking and dining become very difficult. Inadequate lighting is an impediment to progress and development opportunities.
  • Majority of these people use kerosene lamp as their primary source of lighting followed by dung cakes, firewood and crop residue after sun-set. Kerosene lamps are hazardous, harmful to health, environmentally unfriendly, and also an expensive source of power. All these fossil fuel sources have direct impact on the health, environment and safety norms. The deployment of Solar Light Emitting Diode ('LED') lights means that life can go into extended hours after sunset under a brighter, healthier, clean and much more affordable light which helps children to study, village traders to work for more hours and help women do more productive work. Use of solar energy in livelihoods can make a huge difference to farmers, weavers, craftsmen, fishermen etc., with their earnings going up significantly.
  • In India, it is estimated that more than 7.5 crores households have no access to the electricity and use kerosene for lighting which is dangerous from health point of view. Annual expenditure on kerosene for lighting in India is approximately INR 200 Crores in rural areas. Need to develop mechanism for making rural India free of kerosene by transfer of kerosene subsidy to solar lantern and solar home lighting System.
  • About 16% of villages are un-electrified, approximately 95,000 villages. These villages of India are deprived from modern equipment such as TV, computers and mobiles. Therefore, these villages are socially and economically backward. Solar PV micro- grids can be set up in the villages for betterment of lives of rural India in solar resource regions. 42,750 villages may be electrified having 150- 200 households.

Role of Solar and LED Technologies

  • Solar technology coupled with LED technology has made it possible for entrepreneurs in the lighting industry to come up with innovative low cost lighting solutions for the off-grid poor around the world.

Solar LED lights- User benefits

  • Provide clean and reliable lighting to rural / tribal homes.
  • Eliminate air pollution in the homes by replacing kerosene lights. A recent report by the World Bank suggests that indoor air pollution from kerosene results in 16 Lakh deaths worldwide every year. The World Bank also notes that 78 Crore people in the developing world, mostly women and children, are exposed to kerosene lantern fumes, which are equivalent to two packs of cigarettes a day.
  • Reduce the incidence of Malaria, by not attracting mosquitoes to its LED lights unlike kerosene lamps.
  • Reduce the cost of lighting. Despite Kerosene being heavily subsidized in India, it still consumes nearly 4% of a rural Indian household's budget.
  • Provide the right ambience for women while cooking and dining and improve their lifestyle and productivity.
  • Provide safety / security for women and children walking at night in the dark.
  • Help children study at night.
  • Help women and men do any vocational activity that can be done from homes in the night and thereby raise their income.


We are grateful for your help!

lets Remove the Darkness from our beloved Country India and go ahead for a better nation among all.

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