The 24-year old, Mr. Prabh Singh, an Indian-origin student of the Durham University Business School, in the UK has helped bringing electricity for the first time in his native Rajasthan’s remote Village - NaroKaKheda, around 25 kms from Udaipur city in Rajasthan.
Mr. Singh, who hails from Delhi, said that the idea of electrifying village came to his mind when he was discussing with his friends about the availability of solar panels on ‘eBay’.
"I was talking with three classmates about the availability of solar panels on eBay and how people in Britain live off the grid during their casual fishing trips using affordable solar power. It ended up being the inspiration of my project", said Prabh. He added that he was always inquisitive that how the people in Britain can stay connected to the rest of the world during their casual fishing trips using affordable solar power. If solar power usage can be a luxury in the west, then 75 million people in India can also use this as a necessity. This idea brought the whole plan to start his project – Kiran, aimed for electrifying the powerless Rajasthan village, the first of all was his own native village.
The project required Rs. 7 lakhs which was sourced through the crowd funding mode in the village with the help of North East Centre for Technology Application and Reach (NECTAR), an autonomous society in the Indian government, which is supporting the initiative. In this project an easy to use electricity kit is generated, which consists of solar panel, three light bulbs, a strip light and a mobile charging socket. Mr. Singh also assisted to make an arrangement for maintenance network in the remote village, which increases the economy’s worth by Rs. 50,000.
Mr. Singh stated the happiness and amazement which he saw in the villager’s eyes when they used electricity for the first time in their houses was matchless to any other professional achievement he could ever have achieved. He now aims to take this model to other remote villages.