Light A Home

An individual’s inability to access electricity is one of the defining indicators of poverty in a country. Electricity allows access to better education and the opportunity for industry and business to flourish.
Majority of rural India relies on kerosene and other fuels to meet their lighting needs, which is hazardous to both their health and to the environment.
‘Light a Home’ aims to take clean and affordable lighting to 360 million people in India living in 74 million rural households. These houses have no access to electricity.
Through ‘Light a Home’, SSRDP provides high-quality and cost effective Solar Lanterns, Home Lighting Systems and Solar Cookers, distributed through Solar Centers across India.These Centers are operated and managed by local ‘Yuvacharyas’ trained specifically under the initiative.

Lighting up India “Village by Village”

  • Make studying joyful for children with better illumination and no harmful CO2 emissions.

  • Provide solar power for livelihood and bring new pride to women entrepreneurs.

  • Make access to medical aid possible even at night.

Product Features

Solar Lanterns
Solar Home Lighting systems with mobile charging port
Solar Battery charging stations with household electrification
Solar Micro AC & DC Grids with household electrification
Solar Street Lights
Solar Water Pump

Goal

* To increase awareness on Waste Management, Disposal & Segregation.
* To reduce and eliminate waste at source along with building sustainable usage practices.
* To improve health & hygiene for society at large. To improve the quality of life in civic society.

Light A Home Project - The Journey so far…

Lit up Homes

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Benefiting 15000+ people who experienced electricity first time

Set up Battery

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Battery Charge Stations in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Assam, UP

Created

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Solar Entrepreneurs in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Assam, and UP

Trained Yuvacharyas

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To install and service Home Lighting Systems and help Engineers

How do we do it?

SSRDP is keen to demonstrate a sustainable, replicable, entrepreneur driven, and delivery-based business model to provide reliable and quality energy access at affordable prices using renewable energy technologies to rural areas across India. This is done through:

Last Mile Energy Access Initiative

Through ‘Light a Home’, SSRDP distributes solar lanterns & individual ‘home lighting systems’ in un-electrified villages of India and sets up ‘Solar Centre Hubs’ across rural India to provide last mile connectivity of high-quality and cost effective Solar Lanterns, Solar Home Lighting Systems, Solar Cookers & Battery Charging Stations.

Creating Entrepreneurs in the field of Renewable Energy

Solar Battery Charging Stations: SSRDP has set up a solar-powered multi-purpose battery charging station which is providing access to electricity for a tribal community that is still a long way from the power grid, and has never experienced the benefits of electricity.By this villagers can receive charged batteries for a nominal sum of money from the centrally-located charging station which has a generating capacity of 2 kilowatts of power from solar energy electrifying more than 50 households and 5 local stores on an average.

Setting Up Solar Micro Grids

SSRDP builds, owns, and operates micro grids in rural belts of India, creating off-grid model villages, with access to quality RE lighting solutions. SSRDP’s strategy is to design and develop a service-specific micro grid dedicated to providing household lighting and mobile phone charging. The design requires 90% less solar power generation capacity per customer compared to traditional solar powered micro grids.

Creating Renewable Energy Hubs & Rural Engineers

To train un-employed youth in operations, maintenance, assembling, repairing and installation of Renewable Energy Products including Solar Systems, Solar Irrigation Pumps & Bio Gas Units in our Renewable Energy & Technology Development Centre at our International Centre, Bangalore.

Women Empowerment through Energy Access,

To empower women though energy access livelihood generation activities.

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Steps of Implementation

Step 1

Rural Survey : Local coordinators conduct an Un-electrified Village Survey for every household. Local coordinators email scanned copy of survey sheets to SSRDP Survey team.

Step 2

Village selected keeping in mind the survey results, interest of donor and implementation strength of Art of Living

Step 3

Formation of Village Development Committee (VDC): 3 Elders (Panchayats), 2 youth and 1 woman compulsorily.

Step 4

A VDC set up office becomes a Solar Hub for implementation work of LAH. The VDC commits to provide land to set up a micro solar grid through legal means.

Step 5

Each family under the selected village sign a Joint Liability Group Certificate (JLG), taking equal responsibility for systems maintenance and timely payment collections.

Step 6

Awareness, Training & Capacity Building : Nav-Chetna Shibhirs conducted for villager’s awareness on renewable energy with other aspects like Health, Hygiene, Human Values & Harmony in Diversity. A 9 Day Youth Leadership Training Program (YLTP)is also conducted for village youth to undergo attitudinal, leadership and behavioural changes and training on entrepreneurship. Financial Business Model : VDC & Payment Collection: The VDC opens a Mutual Bank A/c in Village Cooperation Bank for maintenance of the project. Each home contributes Rs 120-150 per month to the VDC account, used for operations and maintenance, replacement of Batteries etc. Once in a month, a meeting of VDC is organized with all villagers in presence of local coordinator to discuss VDC activities. Local coordinator sends update report to State coordinator, in turn is sent to SSRDP head office. Monitoring & Evaluation of Project : M & E principles are imbibed in the project from the very beginning .The Village Green Energy committee acts as a watch dog. Youth undergone YLTP ensure continuous support and follow up.

Light A Home Regional Coordinators

CityContact PersonEmail
MumbaiViki Aroraavmaroraa@gmail.com
BangaloreGayathriaccounts@ssrdp.org
GurgaonPriyankapriyanka1.bansal@gmail.com
AssamMousumi Sharmamousumirajsharma@gmail.com
PunjabR.Dhawanrdhawan@ssrdp.org
West BengalShubra Roysubhra.ray5@gmail.com
New DelhiNeena Madanneena.madan@gmail.com
Madhya PradeshManoj Raomanoj.rao@vvki.net
ChennaiJayashri.D
HyderabadChitra Parthsarathychitraaol1998@gmail.com

Our Partners

In the tiny island village of Thanga Karang, Manipur; hundreds of people lived without the wonderful visions of technology. A fishing village by occupation, Thanga is a beautiful and serene place but its people constantly struggled with leading their lives in the absence of light. The focused volunteers of Light a Home project made it a mission to gift smiles to the people of Thanga Karang, when they rode a boat to reach the village. Riding through the beautiful loktak lake which hosts this village, the volunteers distributed lamps to the people residing in floating huts. The islanders are now able to live a life where the world doesn’t go dark as soon as the sun sets, their children can study at night and they can cook better under the guidance of a bright light. In the absence of electricity villagers use harmful kerosene as a fuel to cook, they also burn wood to cook their food. All these methods not only harm their users but they pose a great threat to the environment. Long hours of exposure to kerosene can be detrimental to the health. By choosing a solar energy solution, the amount of carbon emissions can drastically reduce almost upto 1.28 tonnes. Now, people of Thanga are provided with an array of opportunities. With the introduction of solar lamps in their lives, the community has a whole has benefited

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