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Harish Hande SELCO Solar Pvt Ltd, India

Dr. Harish Hande

Managing Director of SELCO-India. He co-founded the SELCO India with Neville Williams in 1995. Dr. Hande earned his Doctorate in energy engineering (solar specialty) at the University of Massachusetts. He has an undergraduate degree in Energy Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur .

SELCO Solar Pvt Ltd, India

SELCO Solar Pvt. Ltd, a social enterprise established in 1995, provides sustainable energy solutions and services to under-served households and businesses . It was conceived in an effort to dispel three myths 1) Poor people cannot afford sustainable technologies; 2) Poor people cannot maintain sustainable technologies; 3) Social ventures cannot be run as commercial entities.

Solar Technology
Their systems utilize solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to provide electricity for lighting, water pumping, communications, computing, entertainment, and small business appliances. Apart from their standardized products , they customize their existing products to suit individual customer needs. Solar lighting (CFL and LED) Indoor home lighting Outdoor home lighting Solar Headlamp

SELCO made a rigorous campaign to convince banks of the viability of solar electricity . SELCO INDIA has focussed on working with various financial institutions and micro finance institutions to come up with various financial products. These financial packages are crafted while keeping in mind the cash flow of its customers. The amount charged to consumers ranged from as little as 10 rupees per day to 350 rupees a month.

Environmental Benefits The immediate benefit of using a PV system is that the use of smoky, dangerous kerosene lamps is minimised Families who use kerosene for lighting consume about 120 litres per year, so the systems installed up until 2007 avoid the emission of about 21,000 tonnes/year of CO2 .

Social Benefits PV systems provide users with clean, good-quality light and power for small appliances. Children are able to study, domestic tasks are done more safely and easily, and there are increased opportunities for income generation. For vendors, produce from stalls is displayed better, and they do not have to work with the smell and heat from kerosene lamps.

Economic And Employment Benefits SELCO employs over 170 staff, and many stay with the company for a long time, moving up to senior positions.

SELCO India has installed solar light systems in 125,000 houses and plans to aims to reach over 200,000 households by 2014. SELCO India has been awarded the prestigious Ashden Awards (Green Oscars) twice, in years 2005 and 2007.

References Case study summary of SELCO Solar Pvt Ltd, India by Ashden Awards Case Study