Indian Solar Company Wins Green Oscar

[] India’s Selco Solar Light Private Ltd was recently recognized with an international Green Oscar for installing 38,000 solar home systems in Bangalore in ten years. The awards carry a price award of over GBP 200,000 (USD$ 350,000). After studying in the U.S., entrepreneur Harish Hande helped Selco with new financing mechanisms to help the rural poor in India have access to small, but clean and hassle-free solar electric systems. Selco’s customers vary from poor householders, to street vendors, religious communities to government agencies. A typical Selco system consists of a 35-watt panel, four compact fluorescent lights, and a battery, for charging appliances like a TV, radio, tape player or a fan. Selco’s most recent initiative has been its ‘3000 Solar Home Lighting Project’, successfully selling solar home systems (SHS) to 3,000 poor households in Belthangadi District, in the state of Karnataka – reaching around 15,000 people.
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