The sixth edition of the Asian Entrepreneurship Award (2017 edition) was held on the Kashiwanoha campus in Chiba Prefecture, Tokyo, Japan from October 25th to October 27th 2017.

21 technology startups were selected from 15 countries and regions, mainly in Asia. They competed under the criteria of innovative business models, potential economic and social impacts, and business feasibility. Despite many worthy competitors, with truly disruptive solutions, CLARO Energy was selected as top of the crop for our work in developing an innovating in the rural agricultural sector in India.

Apart from CLARO Energy there were five other companies who were awarded. In addition to various cash prizes, winning companies will be given an unlimited plan to use the 31 VENTURES office’s co-working space managed by Mitsui Fudosan, and they can also receive support for deploying business in Japan.

AEA 2017 Winners List
First Prize Claro Energy(India)/KARTIK WAHI, Co-Founder
Second Prize ViSenze(Singapore)/OLIVER TAN, CEO and Co-founder
Third Prize Japan New Business Conferences President Prize Webgears WGT(Russia)/LARISA DYDYKINA, CEO
Kashiwa-no-ha Award Genome Clinic(Japan)/HIROKI SONEHARA, Director
Nanocarrier Kashiwa-no-ha Award AIM GLOBAL INNOVATION(Thailand)/PANRASEE RITTHIPRAVAT, Cofounder
Audience Award ViSenze(Singapore)/OLIVER TAN, CEO and Co-founder

 

Mr. Michael Arafant, founding chairman of Fusion Systems Japan, said, “Claro has had a great social impact, trying to deliver a simple solution to many people, the entrepreneurial spirit being demonstrated. The winning company can use the co-working space of “31 Ventures”, a venture exchange base handled by Mitsui Fudosan co-hosting AEA for 2 years free of charge.

CLARO Energy emerged as a winner as because of its commitment to innovate for rural Indian farmers with irrigation solutions that rely on renewable  energy. CLARO, over the years, has brought significant change in the lives of farmers and others affected by water scarcity. The installation of more than 3000 solar pumps across 16 states speaks for itself. 

About AEA

The Asian Entrepreneurship Award was set up to reward and encourage young entrepreneurs who make the best use of technology and creativity to solve various problem. This award was introduced by the Japanese government in 2012, and since then the award function brings big and small, private and public enterprises, government and educational institutions together in one single frame to propagate a transformation in Asia. AEA aims to construct an ecosystem which will bring innovation to the entire world. It is a platform which help young entrepreneurs from all over the world to meet and inspire each other.

Important links:

https://newswitch.jp/p/10868

https://japan.cnet.com/article/35109586/

AEA2017 Winners

 

Introduction

Yeoda, is a village in Dariyapur block of Amravati district, Maharashtra. it is one of the largest villages of the Amravati district with a population of around 12000 (acc  to 2009 census). Agriculture is the main occupation of this village.  Education, water for irrigation and household purposes, roads and electricity are the main concerns . The village still lacks proper medical and health services. It is one of those Indian villages waiting for  technological developments to take place in order to progress. If government institutions provide support to the villagers, it will will see the real development. 

Problems

One of the biggest problem farmers face here is lack of water and grid electricity. It’s a known fact that Maharashtra observe very frequent droughts and Amrawati is one of the worst drought affected districts. Along with droughts, low level of ground water make the matter even worse. Most of the farmers are dependent on diesel for irrigation and only cultivate one crop a year. It’s not economically viable for the farmers to produce more than one crop and irrigate it with diesel pumps.  Extensive use of diesel not only pollute the environment, it eats a major share of their profits. This is the reason why in-spite of owning large share of lands to cultivate, the economic condition of the farmers doesn’t paint a very happy picture. 

Solution

Switching over to solar pumps reduces the magnitude of the problem of irrigation pumps to a large extent. Claro energy installed solar pump in the village some time back and a significant transformation was noticed in the lives of the farmers. The solar pumps reduced the maintenance cost for the farmers and also contributed in the production of healthier crops and also they are now able to produce multiple crops because of the uninterrupted availability of water.

Challenges Faced

Many hurdles were faced during the installation process. Driving was not possible in this area as the black soil used to stick with the tyres of the vehicles. Lack of quality infrastructure made it difficult to commute to the fields. Material was taken from one place to another on bullock carts and on the carts attached to the backs of Donkeys and Ponies. 

 

Mr. Purushottam Gawande, a farmer of Yeoda village said that earlier he was living under the fear of crop failure due to lack of water for irrigation. He was able to cultivate only dry crops. Dependency on expensive diesel took away a major share of the profits. Droughts, irregular rainfall added more wooes.  He like many other farmers were stuck in the circle where investments were high and returns were lower. 

He finally switched to solar pump for irrigation and soon he was witnessing the benefits of switching to a sustainable source.  Solar pumps empowered him with access to water for round the year irrigation. With enough availability of water he started cultivating multiple crops and within a span of 2 seasons he witnessed 30-40% rise in his produce.

Mr. Gawande  is really thrilled and happy with the outcomes and on a road to create awareness in whole of the village as well as in adjoining areas about solar pumping and the latest economical and environment friendly technologies.

The Asian Entrepreneurship Award was set up to reward and encourage young entrepreneurs who make the best use of technology and creativity to solve various problem. This award was introduced by the Japanese government in 2012, and since then the award function brings big and small, private and public enterprises, government and educational institutions together in one single frame to propagate a transformation in Asia. AEA aims to construct an ecosystem which will bring innovation to the entire world. It is a platform which help young entrepreneurs from all over the world to meet and inspire each other.

The AEA 2017 event is co hosted by Mitsui Fudoson, The University Of Tokyo, TX Entrepreneur Partners General Incorporated Association, and The Japan Academic Society for Ventures and Entrepreneurs.

Previous Winners

Among the past winners of this award are some well known names:

  • Clearbridge Bio Medics Pte Ltd (Singapore),
  • Connexx system corporations,
  • Cyfuse BioMedical K.K (Japan)

For the 2017 ceremony, being held in Tokyo from 25th october to 27th october, Claro energy has also been nominated for the AEA. This in light of the significant change that Claro Energy has brought about in the lives of rural farmers. We have been committed towards changing the rural landscape in water-scarce areas through innovative steps to improve the sector and its economy, through sustainable means. The company started in 2011 with the goal of providing irrigational facilities based on renewable energy to farmers, and replacing expensive traditional methods of using diesel powered pumps. In the past 6 years we have deployed over 7000 pumps across 15 states of India.

Like ourselves, there are many other promising entrants this year who have done a remarkable work in their respective fields and brought effective change in the world.  

Below is a list of other 5 finalist with whom we will be vying for the AEA this year for their exceptional performance:

 

Beijing Qingfan Yuanhang Networking Technology Co. Ltd.

CEO: Wenzhu Zhang

Qingfan provide mobile innovation management tools and solutions for innovative organizations. By crowd sourcing projects, contest/competitions and workshops, an organization can leverage social power to solve problems and build a highly engaged innovative community. By community based innovation, the cost can be reduced by up to 30-50%.

Webgears WGT

CEO: Larisa Dydykinka

Webgears is a software technology company focusing on novel web-based 3D graphics for industrial applications, and gaming. Our product is a graphics engine, which lets our clients extract significantly more value from 3D models and interactive 3D graphics by almost eliminating hardware requirements and moving interactive 3D content to the cloud

ViSenze(Singapore)

CEO: Oliver Tan

 

ViSenze powers has created an image recognition for the retailers and enterprises. The company making the best use of technology has created a highly optimized visual solution for retailers which makes it easier for the consumer to find things they are looking for using only images. Leading retailers like H&M, uniqlo japan, SEARS use ViSenze for enhancing their shopping platforms. Major shopping sites like adidas, ASOS, Rakuten ichiba also use ViSenze. Media companies like Singapore press holdings use ViSenze. This is officially supported by mastercard.  A venture backed by Rakuten and WI harper and by National University of Singapore in 2012 by web entrepreneurs and computer enthusiasts, the company aims to make people come face to face with the visual world.

Qubit Security

CEO: Seung Min Shin

 

It is a professional information security company. We have been exceedingly studied ‘hacking’, and developed real-time hacking detection cloud platform ‘PLURA’ for the first time in the world.
They have changed the paradigm of security based on Big data analysis, machine learning, the largest scale of security log database in Korea, and real-time hacking detection technology.

Beijing Quality Technology Co., Ltd

CEO: Shaoxin Wang

Beijing Quality Technology is a company which offers smart air purifying solution based on AI and IoT technology. Currently, they have developed a small-scale AQI forecasting system based on big data and machine learning, a  smart air purifier and a corresponding app were also developed. they also build a SaaS platform for EM, CRM and data analysis.

 

AEA provides a platform for all these aspiring companies to come together and inspire each other to make this world a better and a healthier place to live.

 

Agriculture is the largest as well as the most important professional sector in India. About half of the country’s population is dependent on the agrarian sector for employment but the whole nation is dependent on agriculture for food, the fundamental element for survival. Nowadays the occupation of farming is facing many practical challenges, some that are forcing farmers to live an economically imbalanced life. A major part of the blame for this situation can be put upon the cost of irrigation in the country. The expensive nature of non-renewable power sources (like petrol and diesel) which are used in crop production processes, especially to power pumps for irrigation, is the major reason for farmers’ financial struggle. Farmers use up most of their earnings in the frequent purchase of petrol and diesel. This burns a major hole in farmers’ pockets.

One of the solutions to deal with this issue is by switching over to renewable sources of energy to power irrigation. Solar pumping is one such method. Solar pumps are less expensive and are also easy to maintain. A one time investment provides long term benefits to farmers. These pumps only require a good amount of sunlight to work, thus saving a lot of money for farmers. They are environmentally friendly and do not pollute farmers’ habitats.

The Government of India has undertaken a number of measures to improve the conditions of farmers, especially to help them switch to solar. This includes subsidies in the purchase of solar pump sets, exemption from excise duties for solar and concession on equipment used to set up solar apparatus. Apart from this, a 30% subsidy is given to general category states and 70% to special category states, in the purchase of solar.

Despite these leg-ups, though, the farmers’ lifestyle remains unchanged. TO understand why, we have categorized the issues among the following points –

A few of the hurdles faced by farmers in switching over to solar energy:

– Although India is the second largest irrigated country in the world, only about one third of cultivable area is currently under irrigation. Irrigation forms the fundamental on which crop production is based especially in a place like India where rainfall is uncertain and unreliable.

– Farmers are unable to switch over to solar pumps or panels because primarily they are unaware about the benefits. They have no understanding of the working of the system, or about its sustainable nature.

– Small scale farmers, despite all the subsidies and schemes, are still not able to afford solar panels and pumps because they don’t have the money to make the one time investment required to set up the solar pump system. Their loans are also not easily approved because they do not possess any entity to put up for mortgage.

– The farmers residing in areas which receive a huge amount of rainfall, and do not experience too many sunny days, feel that even if they get solar pumping systems installed for their farming, it will not be much beneficial for them.

– The aged farmers have placed their faith in traditional methods of farming and do not want to look at anything beyond those. Convincing them about the harmful effects of using fossil fuels is far harder than may seem on paper.

– Because of a lack of education, many farmers are unable to understand the working of renewable energy technology – a basic understanding is needed for getting a good insight into the benefits, both financial and environmental, of this technology.

These problems of the farming system are not easy to solve. One characteristic of the current solar pumping systems could be changed to facilitate solutions for most of these problems – mobility.

  • Making solar pumping sets mobile could help small scale vendors or farmers carry out their work in a more economical way. Mobility would pave the way for Solar Water Pumping sets to be used on a sharing, pay-per-use basis. They will become much more cost effective.
  • Most static solar pumping sets lose out on a lot of potential energy generation because there is only so much water that a farmer will need for irrigation in an entire year of cultivation. Thus, making a solar pumping set mobile could prove to be an efficiency boosting move for solar pumping usage. The pump set could reach any particular location based on demand, and then over on to the next requirement request after completing its work at a particular location. Any customer would pay only according to the energy they have used – economical as well as useful.
  • Unlike static pump sets, the farmer will be able to compare the cost of using mobile solar pumping solutions to that of  renting a diesel pump set for the same duration. This gives the farmer a more realistic and clearer price comparison, as against that of the long term investment demanded by a static solar pump set.

A solution like this could not only lessen the burden from the farming system, but could also help in fighting problems like farmer suicide. It could be a positive offset for financial conditions, bad crops and failed monsoons.

 

 

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The Indian Supreme court recently imposed a ban on the sale of firecrackers within the Delhi National Capital Region. Earlier in 2016 around the period of Diwali celebrations, Delhi, along with some places in China, was recorded to have the world’s worst air quality for human living. One of the reasons cited for this was the bursting of firecrackers. Diwali is one of the most popular festivals in the country. According to Hindu texts, it marks the comeback of Lord Rama to Ayodhya, and also marks the Hindu new year – these events are celebrated with pomp and show, and generally, involve bursting of firecrackers too. New Delhi already deals with the problem of air pollution from extreme automobile congestion and is the 11th most populated city in the world. Lower temperature and lower winds were recorded after Diwali last year, which proved that pollutants that remained in the air would not have dispersed. This was what came to be known as the great smog of Delhi. To avoid such extreme pollution once again the Supreme Court passed a verdict to put a ban on the sale of firecrackers around the Delhi National Capital Region.

 

How exactly do firecrackers contribute to polluting the environment?

A firecracker is a small explosive device which when burned produces a loud noise along with colorful sparks. It is made up of many harmful chemicals and produces harmful gases when burnt which dissolve in the atmosphere and add to its contamination.

Below are a few components which make firecrackers responsible for Air pollution and respiratory issues:

Chemicals present in a firecracker:

Sulphur nitrates, magnesium, nitrogen dioxide are involved in the making of crackers. These prove to be hazardous for our respiratory systems and can cause serious ailments like asthma, lung cancer, shortness of breath, and many other respiratory diseases.

Explosives:

Among the components which are responsible for cracker explosion is included Antimony sulfates, which are also used in producing the head of safety matches, military ammunition and which is even suspected to cause cancer. Mercury fulminate is a primary explosive, also used in cracker production, which is sensitive to friction, causing heat and shock to the people around. Arsenic, which is inflammable in nature but is bad for the atmosphere, is also used. Lead is found in larger crackers, and lithium, which is a flammable substance used to produce explosions, is also found in many crackers.

Different types of powders involved in manufacturing:

Flash powder, cordite, smokeless powder, or black powder are a few of the ingredients involved in the manufacture of crackers, which again cause health issues for both animals and humans.

Smog:

During Diwali, the amount of smog in Delhi increases by 30% due to the bursting of crackers.

Elements like sulphur, cadmium, copper, aluminum, and barium produce resonant colors when ignited along with a huge amount of smog and gases. Nitrous oxide remains in the air for a long time if the city does not get enough rain or strong winds. The great smog of Delhi in 2016 is the greatest example of such a phenomenon.

Anurag Aggarwal, a Delhi based scientist at CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology compared the situation of the Indian capital to the London smog of 1952 and said that it could have caused almost 4000 deaths.

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Below is a list of the salts used to produce particular colours.

Salt Substances Colour
Strontium Salts Nitrates, carbonates, and sulphate of strontiums ·             Red colour
Calcium Salts carbonates, chlorides, and sulphates of calcium ·    Orange colour
Barium Salts Nitrates, Carbonates, Chlorides, and Chlorates of barium ·    Green colour
Copper Salts Carbonates and Oxides of copper ·    Blue Colour
Combination Copper and Strontium ·            Purple Colour
Metals Magnesium, Aluminum, Titanium o              White Color

 

Noise Pollution: Cracker bursting not only affect the environment but it also paves way for noise pollution. The big bangs, whizzing whistles, and the thunderous sounds are no good for ears. It contributes in scaring the animals away in a very inhuman condition. Animals cannot communicate but the way these loud noises frighten them is very saddening. For example, dogs get confused on hearing these noises and seeing these lights changing in their surroundings which can be fatal for them. This sound is not even good for infants and pregnant women.  The presence of aluminum, sulfur nitrate enables a cracker to produce loud sounds.

Water pollution: That’s right. Fireworks do cause water pollution as well. Many times people conduct such activities near water bodies because they want to avoid fire accidents but they end up polluting those water bodies instead. The compounds present in the cracker dissolve in the water making it poisonous and unfit for consumption, and also killing off aquatic animals.

Fire Accidents: Fire accidents are common in markets during Diwali. A small spark is enough to set fire to anything. Even Bollywood has shown some of the worst fire accidents caused by crackers e.g. in the Movie Vivaah, starting Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao in lead roles, we saw how a single blaze of fire burnt down their whole house and caused serious burns to the female protagonist. Children, while paying crackers often get injuries and burns.The Indian Express newspaper reported more than 290 fire accidents during Diwali last year

Why risk your life for momentary fun?

Garbage Problem: Under the Scheme of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the Indian Prime Minister Mr.  Modi has encouraged the citizens of the nation to walk on the path of cleanliness, but the bursting of crackers leaves the whole nation dirty and full of garbage. A day of fun makes sweepers work with extra effort for the next 10 days to clean their designated localities.

Looking at these problems we can say that although bursting crackers is a popular tradition among us, if we look at the bigger picture then we can say that the step taken by the Supreme Court of India in posing a ban on the sale of fire-crackers, is more beneficial to us in the long run. After all, as they say ‘Health is wealth’.

 

Wish you all a very happy and safe Diwali.

Written By: Manaswita Sachdewa

Edited By: Anirban Banerjee

We are pleased to announce that Claro Energy has been nominated for the Asian Entrepreneurship Award 2017. The award function will be held in Tokyo from 25th October to 27th October. This is yet another step for our fight in tackling critical challenges to enable successful agriculture through sustainable solutions.

About AEA (Asian Entrepreneurship Award)

AEA works to attract young entrepreneurs who use ingenuity and technology to take on challenges from the high-growth Asia region. From large private companies to business incubators, AEA aims to form an ecosystem that brings industry, government and academia together as one to generate innovation in Asia. It also  aims to bring Asian innovation to the world.

Among the co-hosts for 2017 AEA are MITSUI FUDOSON, The University of Tokyo, TEP, JASVE.

AEA is a great platform for young entrepreneurs, getting together with peers from around the world to learn from and inspire one another.

Why are we nominated?

Claro Energy has been nominated for its innovative steps, commercial viability and the social impact that it has been bringing in the lives of people. We have been trying to disrupt and improve rural agriculture with renewable energy, and we have the potential to expand and bring about changes in the economy and society.

Important Links: http: //aea.events/e/about-aea_2017/

Claro Energy

 

 

 

 

 

 Claro Energy has a clear purpose in mind i.e to help companies recognize the importance of having sustainable energy sources to power their activities. Not only is this more economically viable, it goes a long way in fighting global warming.  Organizations can now meet their energy needs in a clean, green and smart way. Moving ahead with this vision, Claro Energy recently installed solar rooftop systems at the office of Hemant Engineers, in Anand district, Gujarat.

Project Overview

Hemant Engineers are based in Vitthal Udyog Nagar, an industrial zone in Anand. Their operations, though, are spread across the whole country as well as overseas. Hemant Engineers, promoted by Mr. Hemant Kashikar in 1981, fresh out of college, has made its name in the field of Roller Mills, Conveying systems, Air Pollution control systems and particle sizing systems, with applications in processing minerals like Bauxite, Bentonite, Coke, Coal, Dolomite, Marble, Phosphates, Soapstones etc.

The installed project system size is 16 KW, capable of generating 20,000 kWh of energy. Modules used were of the Waaree make  (320 Kwp-50 Nos) and Inverter used was a Fronious Symo with 15 KW of capacity.

Challenges & Solution

The major challenge faced was in getting the modules onto the roof. The labourers had to be extra cautious while hauling the modules up as any error would end up damaging the modules. However, under the able supervision of Mr. Raghawendra Pathak, (one of Claro’s most hardworking team members) they were able to get all the 50 modules up on the roof and the entire installation was completed within 2 days.

Impact

Hemant Engineers, through this rooftop installation, now has access to a 16KW power plant that provides reliable, green and sustainable energy. The rooftop solar power plant will produce about 20,000 Kwh of electricity translating into a financial gain  of Rs. 1.4 Lacs annually. This solar plant has added renewable energy to Hemant Engineer’s energy mix and will cut down about 10 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.

This project demonstrates the potential of solar power,which can be harnessed using idle rooftop space to generate energy and reduce an organization’s carbon footprint.

We would really like to thank Mr. Hemant Kashikar for realizing the importance of clean energy and making a switch towards sustainable development. We are also grateful to Mr. Amit Magnani from Lucidus Energy for helping in executing the  installation of the project seamlessly.

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Introduction

Badakudar, is a village in Jamankira block of Sambalpur district, Odisha, with a population of 200 people. About 25 families reside in this area. The village is led by the Gram Panchayat called SIRID. The infrastructure here is so badly underdeveloped that the village does not even have roads. People have to cross a river in boats to go to the other side of the village.

Problem Areas

Despite having grid connectivity, electricity is very irregular in this area. The population here mostly comprises daily wage earners, laborers, woodcutters and many other such people who are involved in small scale activities. Village people, including children, have to stand in large queues in order to fetch water because there is only one hand-pump available for about 200 people. Sometimes not even all the people standing and waiting get access to water. After waiting for long, people only get a bucket of water for each family, just enough to suffice their drinking needs. For other purposes like bathing, washing, cleaning etc, the villagers have to use river water, which is often not as clean as one would expect. As a result, the villagers have to stay unclean for days. Apart from this, standing in the scorching heat for a long time is further detrimental to their health.

Solution & Impact

 

 

Claro energy has had the chance to work for the upliftment of this village. We have been working to ensure a proper supply of water to this area, to at least cater to the villagers’ basic needs. Claro has installed hand-pumps in the village and people no longer have to wait for hours in long queues to fill their buckets. The pumping system has also enabled them to store water in tanks for other purposes. The villagers no longer have to use river water, and have proper sanitation across their homes. This has prevented them from falling prey to bad health and diseases. In fact, access to clean water has exponentially improved general health in the area. Claro energy has ensured that every resident has access to a 24X7 water facility.

 

Jaigoor, is a village in Bhauramgarh block of Bijapur district, Chhattisgarh.  It has a population of barely 200 people. This village has, for many years, been in the line of fire of violent Naxalite activities. Due to the continuous gloom of impending violence, the opportunity of progress has been scant. This village displays the complete picture of backwardness. It is mostly inaccessible, with no roads and failed infrastructure. The villagers have to cross thankless hilly terrain in order to commute between nearby spots. In fact, the threat of violence and lack of road connectivity impedes the generation of better employment facilities. Villagers are stuck with manual labour operations like wood cutting, carrying heavy loads, and other forms of daily wage earning activities. The government has taken steps to provide Ration for the people and a few schools have also been built  for the village children. However, the situation in the region makes it difficult for the people to send their kids to school.

 

 

The village also has to deal with prevailing water scarcity – only two hand pumps are installed for the population of 200 –  making it near impossible for every household to get an adequate supply of water. Apart from this, due to the the continuous and unpredictable rebel conflicts, when these pumps get damaged, no one is ready to visit Jaigoor to fix them. The threat to life is such a realistic impediment in lives of the villagers. They do not get adequate water for drinking and for other basic sanitation and cleaning purposes, which forces them to live in an unhygienic situation where they even go many days without washing their clothes, bathing etc. As a result they deal with skin problems and other ailments.

 

 

Claro Energy had been assigned to set up water facilities in this region. We have been involved at the ground level and have done our best to contribute to the well being of the people residing here. The project required installing a 6 meter high solar pump, which in case of damage will be repaired by Claro’s area service team. People of the village now have 24×7 access to clean water supply. Their daily water needs are now taken care of. 

 

 

Not only are everyday basic needs taken care of, water can now be stored for future usage in water tanks, also provided and set up by Claro. The people no longer have to spend their entire day waiting in line to fetch a few litres of water.

Access to clean drinking water is a basic right of every human being, and, as goes the saying, without water there is no life. Claro energy, in all its projects, ensures that no person is denied of this basic right.

 

Pavagada is a small town in Tumkur district of karnataka, where a 2000 MW capacity solar park is being set up. The project is currently under development and is expected to be completed by 2018. The park is said to be the world’s largest solar park, occupying 12000 acres of land space. The project was commissioned in June 2017 and is one of the most significant projects in the state’s history. Karnataka has become a role model for rest of the Indian states by incorporating massive development in the solar energy, which not only combats pollution but also develops the region entirely.

Pavagada was chosen as the site for this remarkable project because it is located 180 km from Bengaluru and is attached to the border of Andhra pradesh. It is blessed with abundant sunshine during most parts of the year – the sole need for setting up any photovoltaic system. Pavagada is one of the most backward areas of Karnataka and it has been declared drought hit more than 50 times in last seven decades. Water scarcity has resulted in withering away many crops every year, resulting in poor earnings for the farmers. Establishing a solar park here will result in solving many of problems of this region. Even employment opportunities will increase and it will promote better farming facilities in the region. The solar park could yet generate 4000 jobs for the local youth.

 

A live report from Mint states that “ the aim of the government is to generate around 2700 MW from Pavagada solar park by the end of 2018”.

The first phase will be ready by December 2017, which will generate 600MW. This project is jointly ventured by Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd and Solar Energy Corporation of India.

The Karnataka Solar Power Development Corporation Ltd was formed to keep a check on the functioning of this project. The park is also sponsored and co developed by MNRE (Ministry of New and Renewable Energy) and the state government. The project will boost the creation of many small scale industries, hotels, real estate and many more. After its completion, the park will be one of the largest solar parks of the world.

 

 

India is on the verge of becoming one of the largest solar markets and to make this dream come true, every state of the country will have to take measures. Many such programmes are already established like Bhadla solar park in Rajasthan, Kamuthi solar power project in Tamil Nadu, Charanka solar park in Gujarat, Sakri solar park in Maharashtra, Welspun solar project in Madhya Pradesh, Dhirubhai Ambani solar park in Rajasthan. Apart from these, upcoming large scale solar collaborations are the 750 MW solar power plant in Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh, Kurnool ultra solar power plant, Ananthapuram ultra Mega solar park. All these ventures are helping to establish the country as a world leader in solar power.