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Solar panels for residential home in India

Requested by

CTRD Trust (Centre for Tribals and Rural Development)

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

Our organization, CTRD (Centre for Tribals and Rural Development) Trust, is involved in sustainable development work with tribal and rural communities in the Nilgiri Hills, a mountainous region in Tamil Nadu, India. We have also recently established an old persons’ and children’s home where 20 elderly people, 21 children, and one mother and her baby currently live. The residents have very limited or no support apart from us. We provide provide a safe and clean place to stay, food to eat, and a chance for an education.

The project proposed here will benefit the residents of the home, as well as people in the surrounding community. We are proposing the installation of solar panels to supply the home with a sustainable and reliable source of electricity. In the process of this installation, young people living there will learn about the importance of solar energy, help to prepare presentations about the need for sustainable sources of energy, and spread awareness about solar energy to the surrounding schools and communities.

With its escalating population, India has a demand for energy that is greater than ever before. And the combustion of fossil fuels is contributing to climate change and adding to a host of other problems for India’s (and the world’s) people. Thus, the need to develop renewable energy in India is immense, and its importance will only increase in the coming years.

What is your project and how will it help?

The aim of our project is to provide solar panels for our residential home and spread community awareness of the need to harness sustainable energy. The home currently loses power several times a day because of power cuts, and it has no alternative power source. The introduction of solar panels will create a reliable source of power for the home that is not just supplementary. It will make the home independent of coal-fired electricity and reliant solely on solar energy.

The children living at the home will help out as much as they are able in the construction of the solar panels. In the process of installation they will also attend workshops to learn the many reasons behind the importance of solar energy. They will learn that this installation is important beyond the fact that it means the lights won’t go out several times each day—they will learn that using sustainable energies is crucial for future generations.

During the installation process, the children will learn about these interlinked global issues that can and should be addressed locally. With the installation of the panels, a representative from Sun Solar Consultancy (based in Gudalur, Tamil Nadu) will come to the Home to give lessons and talk with the children about solar energy and its importance. The children will then prepare presentations about solar energy, how it is harnessed, and why it is important for India and the world. They will present these exhibitions in their schools and to Devala’s community. With its youth leaders at its head, CTRD Home will set an example for the rest of the community and raise awareness about solar energy. It will show that to make a difference globally, we have to act locally, just as India’s beloved leader, Mahatma Gandhi said: “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”

How can other people partner with you on your project?

People or organizations can partner with CTRD’s youth by funding this project, or by sending volunteers to help in construction and awareness-raising for solar energy.

Please detail the resources that you need.

Solar water heater (1) (includes installation and freight charges and tax): $556
Lighting (includes installation): US$2,315

Solar invertor, battery, solar panel, charge controller, accessories (1 of each) (includes installation and freight charges and tax): US$1,089

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Regions / countries / territories

Asia: India

Global issues

Energy; Environment and climate change


  • Contact details exchanged
    21 Dec 2013 07:13 GMT

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    13 Aug 2015 11:47 GMT

    Thrive Solar Energy Pvt Ltd
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