For the 400 million Indians who live without electricity, solar energy brings the promise of safety and hope. Clean and abundant solar energy means access to lights, fans, cell phones, refrigerators, medical equipment, and so much more. Just having light at night means a family no longer needs to buy dangerous and expensive kerosene gas, and can begin climbing out of poverty.
The Skilled Samaritan Foundation and SunSaluter have joined forces to brighten lives in India by combining SunSaluter’s innovative solar panel rotating technology with Skilled Samaritan’s commitment to community empowerment. Our goal is to bring this life changing technology to people through community-centered and financially sustainable programs - not just free handouts. When individuals are empowered as users, consumers - not just beneficiaries - a brighter life is well within their reach.
Together we have already constructed five solar microgrids which power lights, fans, and phone charging in 12 homes in Khoiri. The results have been fantastic, with families eliminating the use of kerosene gas and candles, saving them 250 rupees ($4 USD) per month. A few community members even compete each day to see who gets to fill up the SunSaluter : )
Now we want to take our impact to the next level and scale this program so everyone in the community has access to solar energy. We need funding to finance the up-front costs of the solar systems, after which user payments will go towards maintenance and the purchase of more systems. With your help, we can create a spark that will light up the whole village.
How It Works
In a microgrid, a solar panel charges a central battery, to which multiple homes are connected. Microgrids are too small to justify using complex and expensive motorized solar panel rotators (called trackers), but they are perfect for the SunSaluter. The SunSaluter boosts panel efficiency by more than 30% just by using gravity and water - no electricity needed.
The SunSaluter can be built from a variety of common materials like wood or bamboo. Rather than shipping in prefabricated products which give little sense of ownership nor empowerment, we will have villagers manufacture SunSaluters themselves and we will purchase them. The initial SunSaluters produced this way will be used for these projects in Khoiri, but we hope that the villagers can continue manufacturing SunSaluters to sell across all of northern India.
100% of donations will go toward to purchase of 100 watt solar systems and SunSaluters to supply electricity to four homes each. Users will pay a monthly fee of 70 Rupees, and all revenue will be used towards for maintenance and the purchase of more solar systems. In this way, the program will grow on its own without the need for more donations.
With your help, we can make clean, abundant solar energy a reality for everyone in Khoiri. Thank you for your support!
Where the money goes
100% of funds raised will go directly toward providing SunSaluters and solar home systems in Khoiri. Every $150 raised will provide one more system to give light, phone charging, and fans for a home of seven people.
About the Organizations
SunSaluter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fighting energy poverty with its innovative solar tracking technology. Using only gravity and water, the SunSaluter allows a solar panel to rotate and follow the sun throughout the day, producing 30% more electricity. The SunSaluter is less expensive than a larger solar panel, reducing the overall cost of solar energy and making it more accessible to everyone. Read about SunSaluter at our website or on The New York Times, Mashable, NextBillion, or Entrepreneur.com
The Skilled Samaritan Foundation was incorporated in 2012; a social enterprise registered as a Section 25 company under the companies Act of 1956. They aim to bring individuals and community into a larger dialogue by matching volunteers to projects and opportunities within the social contexts of clean energy, clean drinking water, and Sanitation. They currently work at villages in the Faridabad Mandal of Haryana, near Delhi.