Promoting Household Lighting in a Remote Tribal Village, Udaipur district, Rajasthan

Geographically located within the tropical and sub tropical latitudes, India has an abundant potential to develop solar energy, a source renewable in nature. Supporting the southern part of the Aravalli Hills in Rajasthan with an improved access to electricity, AFPRO Udaipur has provided support for the implementation of Light Emitting Diode (LED) Lighting System in Somawat, a tribal village in Kherwara tehsil of Udaipur district, Rajasthan. The project is being implemented by Rajpurohit Seva Sansthan, Udaipur. This action research project included the installation of household LED lamps with solar panels and charger-cum-control units. The primary benefit of the LED Lamp is foreseen in terms of relief for the womenfolk involved in household chores after nightfall, an aid for children school-going studying at night, and a sense of security for the elderly. With an initial target of 25 households and the effectiveness of the lamp obvious to everyone, the entire village comprising 451 households came forward to adopt the technology.

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