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The Anjana School Project: Part 3 – The Electricity Problem

By Murali Bashyam

Part 3 of 7  – The Electricity Problem

In rural India, many communities still only receive approximately 3-4 hours of Government provided grid-electricity per day, and they often have it only at night.

Channa and Solar Panels

After visiting the children and seeing the school, it was time to see the solar panels.    SELCO Solar India Private had finished installing them only a few weeks prior to our visit, but the impact was apparent even in such a short period of time.  Channa told us the power had failed in that area for 12 days.  However, the power in the computer lab continued to work – all thanks to solar energy.  Despite the power failure, Channa said the teachers used the powered computer lab to prepare for their classes.  How does one measure the impact of that?

In rural India, many communities still only receive approximately 3-4 hours of Government provided grid-electricity per day, and they often have it only at night.  Despite the advancement in India’s big cities, and despite India enjoying one of the fastest growing economies in the world, even electricity in big cities sometimes fails and power rationing exists.   However, it is the rural communities that have been left behind to a large degree.   In Bangalore, these big, beautiful, powered, IT centers are located only a 30 minute drive from a small, rural, farming village that receives very little electricity.

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