From Last two months, I regularly visit different parts of Kanpur Dehat to understand energy scenario of this district. Jaggupurwa is a one of the village, where solar micro grid is set up. I often visit this village to pilot and monitor working of solar lighting system. As of date there is no grid electricity connection available. In this regular visit I used to interact with people of villages to know more about them and how they view solar energy. In these interactions one day, one girl came forward and told “bhaiya these lights are very helpful for our family & every household.”
Her name is *Asha. She is studying in grade eight in a nearby government school. She is very fascinated to learn new things as she always has questions to ask. she wants to be a teacher to help other children of her village. In discussion, she told how painful life was before these solar lights came along. She said, every evening after sunset darkness consumed the village and every single household. They used kerosene lamp for lighting their house. There is one to two lamps available in their houses as more than that, they can’t afford. They use lamps for cooking , studying and also for lighting the rooms. In her house there is only one kerosene lamp as at 2.5 liters kerosene oil only one lamp for 4 hours for 30 days which they got from PDS shop is the equation. Kerosene is subsidized from rs. 40 otherwise to rs. 10 in the PDS and they can only afford 2.5 litres monthly.
Of these 4 hours each day, 1 is the allocation for studying and rest of the time goes in other household chores. She told, even light of kerosene lamp is very low to study well. She further added that she was never able to complete her daily homework & she faced embarrassment in front of her teacher and class. Her father is an auto driver who needs to go to work early morning and faces equal proportion of issues. There is problem of charging of their phone also as they have to go to other villages where grid electricity is present. This condition goes worse on bad weather …
But after getting solar led in her home things have changed. She said, by solar lighting they got 4 hours lights in evening and one hour in early morning. Now she easily completes her homework and study other books which she likes on that time. The household now has 2 leds and a mobile charging facilitated, a total of 8 hours.
<*Names changed to protect identity>