Bunker Roy’s Barefoot College, which has been providing lighting using solar panels in over 136 remote Himalayan villages across seven states, won the Ashden Award for community welfare and S.P. Gon Chaudhuri’s West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency, which has been supplying grid-quality electricity to Sagar Island in Sunderbans, received Green Oscars award this year.
These projects prove that no technology can be successful unless the community is taken into confidence. These solar panels are prepared, maintained and repaired entirely by the community.
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