A large number of households in India still use kerosene lamps as a source of light. Students who want to study during evening hours are the most affected due to unreliable supply of electricity and lack of access to alternate source of electricity. The lux level required for a reading area is about 150. A 0.5W LED provides 250lux of light. A solar lamp with LED light can provide 150 lux of light at the table in low intensity and 250 lux of light in high intensity.
About the Programme
The IIT Bombay has initiated the programme “Million Solar Urja Lamp Programme (SoUL) to provide 1 million (10 Lakhs) solar lamps in rural areas through block saturation model in a time bound manner. IIT Bombay worked as the central coordinating agency in partnership with various NGOs. The assembly and distribution centre is established at the NGO premises. Each centre serves one to three blocks. The locals are hired from the village and are trained by IIT Bombay to test and assemble lamps and then distribute to the beneficiaries. The testing of the assembled lamps is done to ensure the quality of the lamps. The lamps are sold at the subsidized price of Rs. 120 to students through their schools. SoUL repair centers are also located within 10 km from the village.
Source of Funding:
The total cost of the lamp is Rs.500, and the student gets it at subsidized price of Rs.120. The total funds for this project are shared among three partners. 36 per cent comes from National Clean Energy Funds (NCEP), Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Govt. of India; 40 per cent from State governments, Trusts, CSR and individuals; and 24% comes directly from the student beneficiaries.
- Improvement in attendance and performance of students
- Reduction in kerosene consumption
- Monthly expense on lighting have reduced
- Employment generation
Selling of lamps ensure sustainable development and sense of ownership
For more info: http://www.millionsoul.iitb.ac.in/