New video of Bijli - Clean energy for all - launched at the Climate Week NYC

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22 September 2014

The Opening Day of the Climate Week NYC will highlight one of the main successes for The Climate Group: Bijli, ‘clean energy for all’. The project - principally funded by the Dutch Postcode Lottery - aims to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and simultaneously enhance the lives of rural villagers in India. Bijli - which means ‘electricity’ in Hindi - provides clean and cheap renewable and solar-powered energy, while identifying sustainable off-grid renewable energy business models.

During this networking lunch, Krishnan Pallassana (India Director, The Climate Group), Marieke Van Schaik (Managing Director, Dutch Postcode Lottery) and Namita Vikas (Senior President & Country Head, Responsible Banking, YES Bank) will update the audience on this project and its principal funder.

With over 300 million people in India still not connected to the electricity grid, is imperative to providing access to a suitable renewable energy. So far, these people rely on kerosene to light their homes. But such fuel is inefficient and dirty: Kerosene and diesel lamps generate air pollution, which kills 4.3 million people each year - almost twice the figures of malaria, tuberculosis and HIV AIDS combined. Even who has access to the national grid has serious issues. In 2012, 700 million people where plunged into darkness because of the biggest power failure in human history.

The solution is simple: the sun. India has 300 days of sunshine per year. With small local grids backed by private sector finance, this project has already connected 22,500 people - aiming to over 50,000 by the end of 2015 in India alone. And thanks to Dutch lottery, The Climate Group has set up a finance pool for private investments to connect even more people.

The Climate Group is delivering this program by working with local delivery partners across three different off-grid electrification models (hand-held lights, home-lighting systems and micro-grids) in the states of Maharashtra, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, India.

Watch this short video for more information about the project:

    BIJLI - Clean energy for all

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