With his 1 Million SoUL(Solar Urja Lamps) project, Chetan Solanki has taken the onus of providing solar lamps to a million students in rural areas. The electricity required to get a student to study 4 hours a day, for one year, is negligible. Yet, the lack of development means even this opportunity never reaches them. The SoUL model makes the villagers self-dependent, as the entire process from manufacturing to selling the lamps, is carried out by them. With this design in place, opportunities have lit up the lives of many.
Dr. Chetan Singh Solanki, a professor at IIT Bombay, can rightfully be named the Solar Power visionary of India.
His notable projects include 1 Million Solar Urja Lamps (SOUL) initiative, aiming to provide solar lamps to 1 million students in rural India, the New Energy Foundation, promoting renewable energy in villages, and KWatt Solutions, a company working towards affordable solar energy. He is also the founding member and Chairman of Education Park, a non-profit school based on sustainable principles.
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