Promoting Solar Energy and Solar Innovation in the Rural Areas


Tuesday, October 16, 9.00–12.00 in Kepa (Finnish development NGOs), Elimäenkatu 25-27, 00510 Helsinki

Organized jointly by INSIC, Kepa and the Siemenpuu Foundation

Free entry but please register your participation at: info(at)kepa.fi

For a long time, solar photovoltaics has been far too expensive to be genuinely useful for the world’s three billion poorest people. However, since then the prices of photovoltaic panels have been reduced by 90 per cent and many countries – especially India – have started to develop new and very affordable solar energy technologies geared for the needs of the poor households.  India’s new Surya Jyoti micro-solar dome can provide lighting for the day-time and 3-4 hours after sunset by ten euros, and its pay-back time for middle-class families as savings in kerosene and electricity is around three months.  NBIRT’s new solar-powered water purifier can provide clean drinking water for a middle-sized school with the expenditure of 600 – 800 euros. Small amounts of solar power or affordable tegs (thermo-electric generators) are making it possible to design biomass cookers that produce one hundred times smaller particle emissions than the traditional models. This is important, because according to World Health Organizations the particle emissions from traditional cooking stoves annually cause 4.3 million premature deaths.

Could Finnish development NGOs and their international umbrella organizations and sister organizations in other countries assist the government of India and the Indian civil society in spreading these new, revolutionary solar technologies to other parts of the world, including different regions of Asia, Africa and Latin America, as well as Europe and North America?


Yogesh Kulkarni: Using solar energy for improving livelihood in rural India – Vigyan Ashram’s experiences

Rakesh Kumar: Societal impact of solar application on mountain community  (Uttarakhand, India)

Lal Singh: Innovative Solar water and space heating systems for mountains – a case study of the Indian Himalayas

Sini Numminen: Is solar energy sustainable? Challenges of operating solar micro-grids in rural Uttar Pradesh (India) - a university research case study in seven villages

Eero Oksanen: Promoting solar energy in Finland

Vesa-Matti Puro: Experiences from promoting solar energy in Finnish countryside and urban areas

Amelie Oheim and Teresa Lopez: EKOenergy's Climate Fund tackling poverty through supporting solar energy projects

Kari Silfverberg: What’s happening in the field of solar cookers?

Professor S.P. Gonchaudhury: How the new Indian solar energy innovations are making solar energy affordable for the billions

Peter Kuria (uncertain): Promoting solar energy and solar innovation in rural areas: experiences from western and eastern Africa

General discussion:  How can the new Indian solar innovations reduce greenhouse gas emissions and benefit other parts of Global South (besides South Asia), and how could the western development NGOs assist in their dissemination?


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