A solar mini grid has been successfully installed and connected in the remote rural village of Neelakantarayanagaddi in Karnataka, India. The 1.2 kWp system has provided a light and mobile charging to 44 households, who live on an island in the Krishna river. The installation was carried out by SELCO India, an award-winning social enterprise based in Bangalore. The community is paying for the ongoing maintenance on the site, using their budget that they previously used on kerosene lamps which are both polluting and bad for health.
A solar mini grid has been constructed in the remote forest area of Mendare, where 22 households live on very low incomes. Access to reliable energy will make a significant improvement to the quality of life, reducing their dependency on kerosene and switching on the possibility to study and work in the evenings. The community are contributing to the maintenance and battery replacement for the system.