The Mrida 250 Watt DC Microgrid provides two energy-efficient LED bulbs and a mobile charging point for up to 25-30 rural households. These grids can be set up within three days in the remotest of rural areas, virtually transforming lives overnight. Once established, the grids are operated by the local Village Development Committee.
VDC members understand grid maintenance, are responsible for collecting monthly rent from each household, supported in their efforts to use the funds generated for further development initiatives and trained to progressively take charge of the overall development of the village. In this way, the initiative becomes sustainable over time. For the villagers themselves, the cost savings from kerosene, mobile phone charging and additional income generated by electrification easily exceed these fees.
Many rural villages lack adequate community lighting. Solar LED Streetlights improve both roadside and personal safety, allowing villagers to navigate the night with ease and also engage in community activities during the evenings. Villagers are briefed on proper maintenance and upkeep procedure to ensure that the lights remain functional over time.