Greenlight Planet, a global leader in solar home energy products, has delivered clean energy access to 60% of households in 135 rural villages in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Odisha with their flagship brand of Sun King solar products. The company calls these villages ‘Sun King villages.’
More than 1.2 billion of the world’s population continues to struggle with reliable energy access, either because they live off the electric grid or because they face frequent blackouts and sudden power cuts. India’s Prayas ESMI [electricity supply monitoring initiative] data indicates that only 11% of rural areas across 66 locations in 23 Indian states receive electricity supply only from 5pm to 11pm.
The use of fuel-based energy sources during these unreliable periods often leads to ailments and hardship for the household, including respiratory illness, recurring additional expense, and loss in productivity.
“Initially, the residents in my village experienced a lot of unexpected power cuts. After the village adopted Sun King solar products, I noticed that areas in and around the village became full of activity,” said MLA Mr. Neel Ratan Singh of Sewapuri constituency.
He added, “Earlier, it was tough to roam around in the lanes at night, as they would be pitch-black. But now, I see Sun King lamps in front of villagers’ homes brightening the streets. I have taken inspiration from Sun King and done a lot of work on solar for my constituency.
This company has inspired me to ensure not a single household in my constituency remains in darkness. I’m still working towards this goal.”