SELCO India, Affordable solar home systems – Ashden Award winner


This video can be downloaded here: www.ashdenawards.org SELCO won an Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in 2005. To find out more visit the link above and check out the Ashden Awards Blog ashdenawards.blogspot.com SELCO-India is a private business which has designed and sold over 48000 solar home systems, powering electric lighting and small appliances for 220000 people in Karnataka and other states in South India. Around 46% of households in India do not have mains electricity, and for many others the supply is unreliable. The use of photovoltaic (PV) solar-home-systems (SHS) can provide reliable power for lighting and low-power appliances, which brings great practical benefits. Smoky, dangerous kerosene light is avoided, people have extended hours for work and study, and more opportunities for leisure and entertainment. Many programmes throughout the world have attempted to improve quality of life using SHS, but often they have not led to long term use and continuing markets. SELCO-India believes that the use of SHS will become widespread only if the system and after-sales service are of high quality, and if people want an SHS enough to pay for it. What they provide is properly designed and installed systems, excellent on-the-spot service and links to organisations which offer appropriate and affordable finance. The Ashden judges were highly impressed with the philosophy and excellent management within SELCO-India they have built a thriving business by providing poor

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  1. #1 by saturbo1107 at March 24th, 2008

    how many what are those panels?

  2. #2 by chevon2020 at April 5th, 2008

    GREAT STORY!

  3. #3 by krazykopf at July 13th, 2008

    do SELCO have website where one can find price and supplier list of their products??

  4. #4 by mikepepler at July 14th, 2008

    Google for: SELCO India
    and you’ll find their website

  5. #5 by noorie777 at September 13th, 2008

    Excellent initiative and business model

  6. #6 by ponnu1984 at November 27th, 2008

    its a panel which absorbs sunlight and convert it into eletricity

  7. #7 by rrsial at September 25th, 2009

    hi im from Pakistan Do SELCO has any branch in pakistan how can i purchase the solar plant plz reply.thanks

  8. #8 by wafi0123 at September 28th, 2009

    just do this 10 yrs india will be china thanks

  9. #9 by AshdenAwards at September 29th, 2009

    I don’t think they do, perhaps you could contact them to ask?

  10. #10 by joe18370 at February 4th, 2010

    cant the child read during the day,i to have solar panels.good luck and congradulations

  11. #11 by AshdenAwards at February 4th, 2010

    It could be that the children are busy helping with work in the day, or maybe they need to read in the evening for homework from school.

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