The Village Solar Project (VSP) uses solar power to provide opportunities for people living in remote villages to have electricity in their homes.
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS
Solar panels are placed on top of a central building (called a charging station) in the village.
The solar panels charge the batteries that are stored inside. People in the village buy a battery and a home kit (at a subsidized rate) to bring electricity to their homes.
EPI then goes to the villager's home to install the home kit which includes, a place for the battery to plug in to a power enclosure and a light that is connected to the power enclosure. Any electrical appliances can then be connected to the power enclosure.
The villagers pay a small re-charge fee every 1-2 weeks when the battery needs to be charged. The re-charge fee is less than the cost of kerosene or other fuels previous used to create light. EPI uses the fee to maintain the charging station and to pay a local to run the charging station.
LET'S CLARIFY: HOW THIS HELPS
This cost efficient alternative to kerosene and other fuels brings light to a village in a way that was otherwise not possible. Not only does this help the villagers in general, it may also assist in the retaining of school teachers in the village. Teachers have been shown to be reluctant to stay in these off-the-grid villages where electricity is not at least as reliable as it is in more urban areas to which they have become accustomed. This provision of electricity helps the community and the children within it.