Cost of solar lanterns in India, popular solar lanterns,solar light scheme
Solar Lantern and the Urban Slum : Inspirational
An Indian social enterprise start-up is helping people living in urban slums to use clean energy by changing their kerosene lamps for solar lanterns and wood fires for more efficient cooking stoves through a simple payment scheme.Pollinate Energy, which began operations in 2013, is one of thousands of social businesses in India which are tapping into the clean energy market, in a country where 35-40 percent of the population have no access to electricity.While the majority of those without power live in rural areas, many poor urban communities are also forced to live by candlelight, use polluting fuels like kerosene, or "steal energy" by illegally tapping in to the power lines of wealthier neighbouring residences.
In Bangalore - best known as India's IT hub - Pollinate Energy markets and sells renewable energy lanterns and stoves on a five-week, interest-free payment plan to families living under tarpaulin sheets in the city's slums."There are actually a lot of organisations selling clean energy products in the rural sector already, and we found that there was a big gap in the market in the urban sector," said Monique Alfris, co-founder of Pollinate Energy.
"Nobody believes that there are people in urban environments who are using kerosene for light."Alfris was speaking on the sidelines of Sankalp Unconvention Summit in Mumbai last week, where hundreds of social entrepreneurs gathered to promote their ideas to help India's 400 million poor get services such as energy, water, education, housing and healthcare.
Millions of people who are off the grid in India rely on kerosene lamps, but burning the fuel in poorly ventilated places like a tent or small hut contributes to indoor air pollution, which can cause premature death in women and young children.New alternatives such as solar lanterns and clean cooking stoves are now being manufactured on a larger scale, but urban slum and village communities have not been aware of these new technologies and have not bought the products.Pollinate Energy says there is a serious need to focus on urban areas, given the thousands of rural migrants streaming into India's towns and cities every day, who face "energy poverty" - a lack of access to modern energy services. Courtesy : Thomson Reuters
Indian Slums get solar power
Australian crowdfunding site, ChipIn, is being used to raise money to provide rural Indian slums with solar powered lights. ChipIn has joined forces with Pollinate Energy, an NGO dedicated to providing sustainable and renewable energy sources to rid India of energy poverty.
Solar Lamps changes lives
Solar Lamps have changed the lifestyle of the villagers, saved them from soot and smoke, increased their productive hours and has also given marketing opportunity for the poor.
The poor unemployed youth of Chennai have joined together to build and sell inexpensive solar lamps for the less priviledged.
Sunking brings out solar lamp for the masses.
Belifal solar lamps are built rugged to withstand the monsoon and the tough rural landscape
Portable Solar Lamps
Have a look at. Nomad Solar Lamps The simple lamp design includes a single button for three different lighting settings, offering up to 6 hours of light at full output or 35 hours on the dimmest setting (15-percent output).
The simple lamp design includes a single button for three different lighting settings, offering up to 6 hours of light at full output or 35 hours on the dimmest setting (15-percent output).
The lamp adopts LED technology for durability and withstands rough handling.more
Singing Solar Lantern
Mir of Kashmir has invented a lantern fitted with a sensor that detects human presence and begins to emit a noise or music.
When the army used to barge into homes at night this lantern gave the inhabitants warning of their presence.
It is charged by electricity or solar energy and lasts for at least 10 days. Indeed a handy tool - and one that would not drill holes in your pocket either!
Solar Lamps Recharged
Investing in a solar lamp is an excellent idea.but how does one continue to use it once the power is drained.
Here steps in a co. that offers home charging for your solar powered gadgets.
Darbari Green’s new offer, full Solar Home Power Solution for lighting four lamps, mobile charging and a lantern at a very affordable cost of 40 cents per day, which is equal to Kerosene used per day by rural household.
*Harish Hande's Solar Electric Light Company taps rural schools, homes
Fifteen-year-old Shailaja C does not have to inhale toxic fumes from kerosene lamps anymore each time she sits down to study. A student of the Government High School in Kyasamballi, a remote village in Karnataka's Kolar district, Shailaja now uses the bright light of a bottle-sized solar table lamp to study for two hours each evening.
Her mother uses the same light for cooking and also carries it as a flash light to shop in the evenings. The village, about 100 km from the tech hub of Bangalore, doesn't have access to electricity. This change in their lives was made possible by Bangalore based social enterprise Solar Electric Light Company (Selco) cofounded by clean-technology entrepreneur Harish Hande.
The firm develops sustainable energy solutions and services to underserved households and businesses.
* Solar Lantern Project by EWB-MANIT, Bhopal Chapter
EWB- India Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT), Bhopal Chapterdeveloped a SOLAR LANTERN under ProjectLeader, Mr. Harish Darji and Team leaderMr. Prajwal Baral. EWB-India MANIT, Bhopal Chapter is still working on it to improve its efficiency and cost, wherever possible. Specifications of this lantern are as follows:
1. SOLAR MODULE- 4.5 volts, 0.9 watts.
2. POWER LED BULBS -0.25 watts One LED.
3. BATTERY-3.6 V (3 cells each of 1.2 V), 700m Ah. (Needs to be replaced every 3 years and will cost approx. INR 150)
4. EMERGENCY USE- 8 to 10 hours
5. DAILY USE- 6 hours charging in sunshine months.
IN CLOUDY DAYS, 10 to 12 hours
6. FEATURE- a) As a table lamp use.
b) 300 degree Lighting.
c) Comfortable and cool light.
d) Can be charging by hand dynamo.
e) Portable and light. (Weight 600gm)
7. PROTECTIONS – Keep away from water, charge according to climatic conditions
Solar lantern is used for illumination purpose in village. It is charged by sunlight and can run for 10 to 12 hours. In rural areas, the high cost of kerosene consumes much of a family's income. One lamp consumes 0.023 litres per hour. With daily usage of around four hours, it amounts to around 3 litres per month. Even with government subsidies, a family spends Rs. 45 per month on average for kerosene.
WHY...”YES” FOR THE SOLAR LANTERN:
- Solar lantern runs on solar energy, while kerosene lantern requires conventional kerosene fuel, which is ending and not easily available.
- Kerosene lantern costs Rs. 100 and lasts two years, while solar lantern costs Rs. 700 and lasts 15 years.
- Kerosene lantern consumes 0.02 litres per hour. With daily usage of around four hours, it amounts to about 3 litres per month. Hence the total running cost comes to around Rs. 45 for fuel plus maintenance cost. In solar lantern, there is no fuel cost. The maintenance cost amounts to Rs. 5 per month, which is 10 times lesser.
- Kerosene lantern creates a ton of carbon over 14-15 years. While solar lantern is ecofriendly.
- Lighting efficiency of kerosene lantern is 6-8 lux, while solar lantern has lighting efficiency of 18-24 lux.
Advantage of solar lantern:
- Easy to handle and light weight.
- Longer life of lantern around 15 year.
- Give back up for 6 to 7 hours.
- No need to charge every day.
- No external source of energy required.
- Portable and handy.
- Good efficient for lighting.
- Very useful for white LED for light in huts/dwelling/community centre in villages and dense forest.
- Can be use for study lamp in village. source
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*Petromax lamps that used kerosene is on its way out in parts of Haryana and Punjab. Nearly 300 shopkeepers in Faridabad, Palwal and Agra have started using �Urja unlimited �solar powered lighting device.
The solar lanterns cost between Rs 2500 to Rs 2800/- depending upon the type of lantern that Urja makes, says Puneet Ahuja the founder.
Their Solar lanterns are made available in 3 LED lantern finish fitted with a 3 watt solar panel.
The lanterns come with a battery and a charge controller and are easy to carry. They also make custom made solar lanterns.
The cost of the lantern is equal to what the shop keepers spends on kerosene in a year. But these shopkeepers are so poor that they can�t afford to pay the Rs 2500 upfront.
In such cases Urja offers deferred purchase facility.
Puneet Ahuja wants to expand Urjas lantern activity all India and is considering using many NGOs to do it.
Some cheap solar lanterns are available in the market.