Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar aids Schneider Electric to bring solar lighting to Indian homes

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on email
Credit: Schneider Electric

Indian megastar Sachin Tendulkar, famed worldwide as one of the greatest ever cricket players, has partnered with energy management specialsit Schneider Electric to provide solar home lighting systems to more than 25,000 Indian villagers, in just the first phase of a major new programme.

‘Spreading Happiness’, a not-for-profit organisation focused on rural electrification, was kick-started when Tendulkar was introduced to Schneider Electrics’ In-Diya Lighting System, an LED-based lighting system that can operate on main power supply and/or solar power, and provides backup ranging from 8–15 hours for indoor use. The In-Diya system is said to provide 50,000 hours of lighting across its lifecycle.

Tendulkar then expressed a desire for Schneider Electric's India subsidiary to disperse its lighting system across rural India.

“As a country we cannot have our citizens still struggle with darkness in their lives with the setting of the sun,” he said. “We have to use advancements in technology and the capabilities of international majors like Schneider Electric to deploy solutions which can brighten the lives of our countrymen. ‘Spreading Happiness’ is a small step towards changing lives and bringing smiles to the faces of many people in the country.”

Tendulkar added: “For the last many years, my countrymen have showered me with unconditional love and affection irrespective of their location, social strata and personal challenges. ‘Spreading Happiness’ is my sincere effort to positively impact the present and future of the people who are an integral part of the real India, in partnership with a like minded organisation like Schneider Electric.”

The Indian initiative has already rolled out a pilot project in Velunje, Nashik, in the state of Maharashtra, bringing lighting systems for more than 1,000 villagers.

The plan is to expand much further over the next two years. Rural electrification is a hot topic in India at present with the government extending its original plan to electrify every village to the more ambitious scheme of giving every willing household a solar power pack including storage, LEDs and TVs by December 2018. The ambition of this programme has already been in doubt due to the enormous acceleration in both manufacturing and deployment needed to reach the goal.

Schneider Electric has carried out similar work in Senegal, Nigeria and Madagascar, under its BipBop programme, which stands for ‘Business Innovation and People at the Base of the Pyramid’.

Read Next

July 30, 2021
First Solar has unveiled plans to construct a 3.3GWdc module assembly facility in India, bolstering its manufacturing footprint outside of the US.
July 20, 2021
It is “unhealthy” for China to dominate solar manufacturing and production bases outside of the country are necessary to reduce the risk of supply chain disruptions, an Indian government official has said.
July 20, 2021
Vikram Solar has completed a new 1.3GW solar module manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu, India, taking its total manufacturing output to 2.5GW.
July 13, 2021
Solar PV capacity in Asia Pacific could triple to 1,500GW by 2030, with China driving deployment and Indonesia set to be the region’s fastest-growing market, according to Wood Mackenzie.
June 28, 2021
Module and cell manufacturers in India will expand their production capabilities by 13.75GW for modules and 6.9GW for solar cells, according to research by JMK Research and Analytics
June 25, 2021
Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries will construct an integrated PV module factory and look to enable more than 100GW of solar by 2030 as part of a US$10.1 billion clean energy plan.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Webinars
August 19, 2021
At 9am (PT) | 6pm (CEST)
Solar Media Events
August 25, 2021
Solar Media Events
October 6, 2021
Solar Media Events
October 19, 2021