Solar Power Gift Brings Ray of Sunshine to India’s Rural Poor
Mangalore, India - Poor families in India are being given a New Year renewable energy life-line as a result of a donation by one of the world's leading solar power companies.
BP Solar USA is donating over $1 million worth of solar modules to BASE (Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy), who in turn are dispatching them to rural and semi-rural areas of India where over 60 per cent of the population is without electricity.
The solar systems will be used for water pumping, lighting and for powering telecommunications services including cyber cafes.
Virginia Sonntag-O'Brien, Managing Director of BASE, which is a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre, said: "Lack of access to reliable and affordable energy is one of the main obstacles to economic development in developing countries."