Updated May 08, 2019

Power Generating Villages - Illuminating Rural Villages via Renewable Energy

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Using the energy from our system, people are able to power the Lemon Grass distillation plant and Cardomon dryer. The system also powers schools and tuition centres in the village. The village is benefited both economical and education wise

After the deployment of our 1st system, the students had their examinations. The students results were improved because they were able to study at late night and early mornings. Then the self help group women, need not travel to distant markets to sell their products. Some groups are using Amazon and other eCommerce platforms to market their products. Many volunteer groups are formed mainly con...
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After the deployment of our 1st system, the students had their examinations. The students results were improved because they were able to study at late night and early mornings. Then the self help group women, need not travel to distant markets to sell their products. Some groups are using Amazon and other eCommerce platforms to market their products. Many volunteer groups are formed mainly consisting of teenagers who create awareness about alcoholism, drug addictions and other social causes.
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Stage 3: Proof of Concept

The system has been successfully deployed in two villages in Kerala, India. The villagers are using our system every day to distill the lemongrass oil and cardamom. We are targeting to deploy this system at various other rural villages in India
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Focus Areas:

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Implemented In:

India

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120
Lives Impacted to Date
1
Country Implemented In
150
Customers

Problem

Komalikudi is a village located in the Western Ghats of India. There are around 60 people living in this village. The literacy rate in this village is far below the state literacy rate. The village is also economically backward. The daily wages of these people is $7. These people are left with no money for their basic needs. So ultimately they couldn't afford to pay electricity bills. Without electricity the students couldn't study at night, Self Help Groups couldn't operate their machines.

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Solution

Our team developed a renewable energy based system that costs around $2000 per kilowatt of energy. The system consists of Solar Panels, Battery Banks and Inverters or a Micro Hydro Power Generator based on the terrain condition. Our system supplies 24x7 electricity to the village using renewable energy.

Target Beneficiaries

The primary beneficiaries of our system are targeted towards the younger generation. Next target is the women in the village who are focusing towards income generation by forming a self help group based small enterprise

Mission and Vision

The younger generation kids can now learn at night. Self Help Group people need not depend on big factories for their day to day production. Now they can use our system to power their dryer and distillation plant and generate income

Competitive Advantage

Our solution consists of clean renewable energy where villagers have to invest once and they get free energy throughout the year. The system is also hybrid, ie. it can use multiple renewable energies like solar, wind and hydro. We also have demonstrated a system that has biomass and solar energy. This system is capable of converting waste to electricity.

Planned Goals and Milestones

We plan to install our system to various economically backward communities in India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.
Funding Goal1,000,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted100
New Implemented CountriesMalaysia, India, Sri Lanka
Recruit20 Volunteers, 3 Project Managers
New FeatureIntroduce more renewable energy based machineries that are affordable by the villagers

The Team Behind the Innovation

Our team consists of people who are more focused on rural empowerment and most of the volunteers are from the same village who better know the need of the village.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN AND YOUTH

Milestone

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Dec 2015
Lives Impacted
60
Nov 2015
New Product Or Service
Installed Cardomon Dryer
Oct 2014
New Product Or Service
Powered 2 Schools, 1 Primary Health Center, 15 Houses and Streetlights
Sep 2014
Lives Impacted
60
Aug 2014
New Country Implemented In
India

Supporting Materials

AS5532817776189441508924063857-content-1.pdf
07906794.pdf
AS5532834394030081508924459353-content-1.pdf