An inclusive system and enabling environment that opens opportunities for the poor requires, among other factors, access to affordable end-user-financing, appropriate technology, skilled human resources, and reliable energy enterprises.
The world is in the midst of a solar power revolution. In less than two decades, the solar PV industry has evolved from being niche to one poised to take on the utility incumbents as an affordable mainstream energy source.
SELCO India is a for profit enterprise started by Harish Hande in 1995, aims to improve the lives of farmers in rural communities by giving them access to affordable electricity.
Harish Hande has received prestigious Ramon Magsaysay award-2011 in recognition of his achievements in providing solar power to rural region
He sacrificed very high profile jobs in US and stayed in his homeland Karnataka to serve the poor.
Initially he stayed for many days in a village and worked as a technician, installed many solar panels himself!
Some of the major benefits to the rural communities through SELCO’s various initiatives:
Providing a reliable source of electricity has resulted in a better quality of life.
Longer working hours in better quality light has led to higher incomes
Lesser dependence on conventional fuels has improved health conditions
SELCO India has established itself as a pioneer of Indian solar energy and has provided off the grid alternatives to over 2,00,000 households across India through its 23 energy service centers across Karnataka, Kerala and Gujarat.
It aims to empower its customer by providing a complete package of product, service and consumer financing through grameena banks, cooperative societies, commercial banks and micro-finance institutions.
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