Women in India disproportionately make up the 112 million who do not have access to electricity and ONergy Solar is moving even faster, eager to capitalize on one of the most untapped and challenging markets in the world. In the current Indian scenario perhaps the most exciting outcome in India of distributed renewables (solar lighting, home solar systems or mini-grids) is the impact on women.
ONergy Solar, the nine- year-old enterprise stands apart; the company has a bold plan for transforming India’s vast rural areas, where hundreds of millions live with unreliable electricity or no power at all. ONergy Solar’s innovative solar power solutions are providing energy to meet India’s development and social challenges. To promote solar as a clean and reliable source of energy, the company is training women entrepreneurs in its products’ technology, usability and special features. By partnering with local grassroots organizations – microfinance institutions, NGOs and women’s self-help groups – the company is imparting product know-how while also enabling these women to serve as company distributors – providing both income and empowerment.
Dinhata, a serene village with surrounded by hills in North Dinajpurand unpaved lanes dotted with huts and shops is one of the success stories of ONergy Solar in electrifying the rural areas where they have successfully demonstrated their viable business model to sustain the enterprise.Like in many other un-electrified villages in India, people in Dinhata depend on kerosene for nighttime lighting. As the dusk descends, women cook evening meals in the dim light of kerosene lamps and children struggle to read. Shops and local enterprises that aspire to work in the night, too, are forced to rely on this polluting and hazardous light source. ONergy Solar through its solar electrification has been able to bring a significant change in lifestyle and aspirations of people.