The goal of this project is to provide clean, reliable, and affordable energy to PRASAD Chikitsa's office and medical facilities in the Tansa Valley in India. Through this commitment, The PRASAD Project will sponsor:
- Installation of solar energy systems dedicated to the PRASAD Chikitsa's health care buildings and main office.
- Training of the local women, currently organized in PRASAD Chikitsa's Self Help Groups (SHGs), to maintain the solar panels and promote solar systems.
- Education of the community on the importance of using clean energy.
To achieve this goal, The PRASAD Project will support PRASAD Chikitsa in taking the following actions:
- Conducting an analysis of the needs of PRASAD Chikitsa's health care buildings with regard to their energy requirements.
- Conducting research to find the solar system model that best fits the needs of the buildings.
- Developing and conducting a training program with local women who will maintain the solar panels and promote solar product.
- Developing and introducing an Environmental Education Program to share with the community that will teach the value of solar energy.
- Documenting best-practice examples of the use of solar energy and the role of women in the maintenance of solar systems in order to potentially replicate this project in another community.
Engagement with local women through SHGs will ensure critical buy-in at the community level and could open the door to bringing solar energy more broadly in to the local community. These small SHGs, with 10 to 20 members each, will serve as micro-banks and provide members with an organized forum to improve the quality of their own lives and the lives of those around them. The training of the women will be conducted by SELCO Solar and overseen by PRASAD Chikitsa.
Currently ongoing: Research and planning
March 2013: Final agreements with contractors
April/May 2013: Solar system installation
July 2013: Identification and training of women
2013/2014 academic year: Launch of Environmental Education Program
In 2012, the New York Times reported that 400 million Indians lacked access to basic lighting, while 200 million more lacked access to reliable energy supply and regularly suffered from brownouts that last up to 19 hours. Power shortages in India affect more people than the population of all of North America.
PRASAD Chikitsa, a licensee of The PRASAD Project, runs medical facilities in the Tansa Valley in India. These facilities are affected by this lack of reliable, clean, and affordable energy on a day to day basis. Consequently, the medical facilities are forced to depend on diesel generators that create pollution in the community and are costly to maintain.
PRASAD is seeking new partners to provide solar products at a price that will meet the needs of the people in the Tansa Valley in India; partners with expertise and experience in solar systems capable to support high voltage medical equipment; and funding to sponsor the installation of solar energy systems and to promote it in the community.