A brighter future with renewable energy
We’re committed to powering low income communities like Rajeshwari’s with renewable energy. That’s why we’re partnering with SELCO Foundation—to bring renewable energy to around 160,000 adults and 400,000 children in India.
We want to enable more people like Rajeshwari’s mother to earn a decent income and develop assets in a green and sustainable way. Access to renewable energy gives children and families a safer, healthier environment. It provides light after dark, extending the time children can study, read and play.
According to the United Nations, access to energy is central nearly to every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. But 1.2 billion people do not have access to modern electricity. At the same time, we know that energy is the main contributor to climate change, accounting for around 60% of total global greenhouse gas emissions.
Imagine how much better would life be if communities were powered not just by any energy but renewable energy, which harnesses the environment’s resources instead of exploiting and degrading them.
We support renewable energy partners, like SELCO Foundation, that put people living in poverty at the centre of their work. This is part of our commitment to make renewable energy access easier, quicker, more affordable, cleaner and more inclusive.
Rajeshwari’s mother, Shevamma, owns and runs a solar-powered millet mill. Through her business, she helps her neighbours save money and time by bringing the milling service closer to home, while increasing her own family income.
At home, Rajeshwari’s day used to end at sunset. Now, she can study at night, thanks to reliable, solar-powered lights.
A mobile health vehicle with flexible solar panels on its roof delivers healthcare to Rajeshwari and her grandmother on their doorstep. Without this service, Rajeshwari’s grandmother would have to travel two hours on a motorbike with her ageing husband.
A solar-powered community water pump helps Rajeshwari and her neighbours get water without having to pump it by hand. Solar street lights help keep the community safe after dark.
April 22, 2018