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Gouduniposh is a small village in Odisha, a quintessential village having kaccha roads and huts. It is quite far, almost cut-off, from the city, with the nearest one being around 90 km away. Majority of the working population of this village is daily wage labourer, who manage to find work for only 15-20 days in a month. It has one government school where kids apparently attend school only to be able to eat the free midday meal provided in the school- such as the heart-wrenching reality of the villagers here! Not just food, but the villagers here have faced several hardships to gain access to water too- with the entire village depending on a single hand pump, or resorting to a lake far away, for their water needs.



At Claro Energy, we are focused on reducing the water woes of people living in remote villages and believe that access to water is a basic human right. This drives us to provide solutions to villagers living in villages like Gouduniposh y in the form of our solar-powered pumps. And the results speak for themselves – the village now boasts of 3 handpumps such that every household has one within 500 m! But what does this improved access to clean water mean for the villagers?



Impact on Health and well-being

An improved access to clean water ensures that lesser people, especially children, are inflicted by waterborne diseases, thus paving the way for a healthier society.

Impact on environment

Employing solar panels instead of unclean diesel to extract water has significance in terms of reduction in carbon footprint. Also, since all the villagers now do not have to rely on one lake, thus preventing it from drying up.
All these factors create a ripple effect in terms of enhanced socioeconomic and environmental status, thus truly empowering the villagers in Gouduniposh.

Impact on economic status

It also means that people can now devote less of their time to obtain water and devote it instead to income generating activities. 

Impact on social status and time saving

Historically, women in villages have had to travel miles in search of water, wasting their time and energy in the process. Nearby access to water is a crucial factor in liberating them from this tiresome chore. and empowering them to allocate their time and energy to other productive activities.

We have been working to ensure a proper supply of water to this area, to at least cater to the villager’s basic needs. Claro energy has ensured that every resident has access to a 24X7 water facility.

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.

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AEA2017 Winners



Peerla banda Tanda, is a village in Rangareddy district, Telangana, with a population of a mere 120 people. This is one such village where, in spite of grid connectivity, there is an irregular or negligible power supply for days. It is the complete representation of how impoverished and underdeveloped a village can be, especially in the face of infrastructure failure. Almost every household in the village used to have a water pipeline and bore well. However, it turned out to be of no use to the villagers as they didn’t have the basic requirement of proper access to electricity supply to make the bore well pumps run. Villagers had to walk miles just to collect a few liters of drinking water. The situation was so grave that villagers were forced to use water only for drinking purposes and had to go without bathing and cleaning for many days.



The installation of a solar pump in Peerla Banda tanda was a result of Claro Energy undertaking a Drinking Water project for the Telangana (erstwhile Andhra Pradesh) government’s Rural Water Supply and Sanitary System (RWSS&S) body, which was promoted by the Ministry of Renewable Energy,



This solar water pump not only helped the villagers get access to on-demand clean drinking water every day but also incorporated storage of water in overhead tanks. This made water available for cleaning and sanitation purposes, as well. Now with access to water, the people of the village could do what was unthinkable to them before. Their basic needs – such as bathing daily, proper sanitation – were finally met.



Claro Energy, with the support of the government and the Sarpanch of Gandeed block, has ensured that no child has to miss school and no adult has to forgo potential daily wage earnings. Villagers do not have to walk kilometers in the scorching heat, anymore, just to fetch a few liters of water.


All this did not arrive on a smooth path, though. The installation team of Claro Energy faced a fair few roadblocks which they had to overcome to make the project a success. Firstly, this village was in a very remote corner of Telangana. Transportation of solar panels and other installation material to the site was a major hurdle in itself. A variety of transport modes, including both large and small goods vehicles, non-motorized vehicles, and, to a certain extent, by foot. An unprecedented second issue was convincing villagers. Being a fairly remote area, education levels of the locals were not high enough for them to understand how electricity can be generated from the sun. They simply did not believe such a thing was possible and thought it was some kind of scam to their detriment. This caused them to be non-cooperative with the installation team. As local help is of utmost importance to an installation process, it was imperative to convince the villagers about this concept. Apart from a lot of convincing by both the sarpanch and Claro staff, the nail was finally hit on the head by taking some of the villagers to a nearby project and showing them, much to their astonishment, exactly how the setup worked.



Access to clean water is the basic right of every human being, and Claro Energy, as an organization, is committed to fighting the water scarcity problem facing the most remotely located populace of this country. Clean drinking water uplifts livelihoods The Peerla Banda Tanda drinking water project is one such story.

Amroha is one of the 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh and is further divided into 6 blocks. According to a 2011 census, ‘Amroha District’ has a population of 1,838,771, roughly equal to that of the nation of Kosovo or of the US state of Nebraska. Farmers dominate a large part of this number, in Amroha. Amroha is mostly famous for the plantation of tomatoes along with sugar cane and wheat and potatoes. It produces enough tomatoes to export to Bangladesh, all over Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, thus leaving behind Punjab in tomato exports. However, this was not the case a decade back. 10 years back Amroha used to be one the most backward districts of UP, with farmers dependent on outdated, old and conventional farming practices. Within 10 years, after adopting and implementing modern agricultural techniques, yields went high and it changed the entire picturesque of Amroha.

Problems Faced

One of the biggest problems that farmers in Amroha face is that they do not get grid electricity for irrigation pumps by the government in the district. However, agriculture is their primary source of livelihood, thus the farmers in the area have now started looking for alternate irrigation solutions.

Therefore, they are having to resort to expensive diesel fueled pumps which are further burning a hole in their pockets and also degrading the present environmental conditions. These diesel pumps cost around 30,000 Rupees and 2,500 Rupees worth of diesel per day is used up to provide proper irrigation to the farms! On an average 60-70 days of irrigation is required if there is round the year farming of multiple crops, which means approximately 1.5lakh is spent on an annual basis only on diesel and electricity for irrigation purpose which is too high.

Solution: Switching to Solar Pumps

Solar powered irrigation pumps were introduced to the village by Claro Energy two years back to combat the problems faced by the farmers and a significant change was observed in such a small amount of time. The solar pumps have a negligible maintenance cost and thus, proved as a money-saving, environment-friendly solution for them. Stellar examples of its use can be observed in the village by different farmers. Though initial investment is on a higher end in solar pumps, but in long run is sustainable and cost effective with an average payback time of 2-3years(considering subsidies and in comparison to diesel pumps). In many cases, subsidies go as high as 90%, which makes payback period even less.

Making the Sun Provide More than Just Power

Dr. Parvender Kumar Panghal, a farmer of a small block Zoya in the district, has 5 acres of land opted for a 5HP solar pump. A 5 HP solar pump set costs somewhere around 5 lakh, but after various govt subsidies He only had to pay 2.6 lakhs, and no maintenance cost for 5 years.He has been able to build a hospital with the cost reduction in his irrigation supply. He’s setting an example for not only the other farmers in the village but the farmers of the world. This solar energy is also helping them improve their standard of living by helping them save money. This situation highlights how a small switch has the ability to change lives.

Access to water is a basic right which is slowly becoming a luxury; Claro Energy is committed to providing access to water to such off-grid rural areas by providing them with solar energy solutions.

Written By: Prakriti Sharma

Edited By: Priyanka Pandey

Claro Energy Solar Panel

For years there have been talks about the impact and benefits of solar energy but despite common knowledge, the world is yet to make solar its primary form of energy resource. The transition to solar energy from conventional energy has not been as rapid as it should have been.

There are many reasons attributed to the slow transition – lack of proper information and awareness is a primary one. Some people simply refused to believe that energy can be produced without burning something of some sort. Fortunately, solar energy is no more a mystery today. In the recent past (10-15 years) solar has increased its mainstream presence. With the tremendous rise in pollution, and the resulting global warming, the need for a sustainable energy resource is of paramount importance today.

Here are top 5 facts about solar energy which you didn’t knew before.

  • Solar Energy will supply power to One-third of the world by 2060.


According to International Energy Agency, almost one-third of the world’s population will meet the demand for power supply through Solar Energy.

  • If all the energy of the sun shining on the Earth’s land mass could be harnessed, it would be enough to meet the world’s power needs by 6000 times.

Claro Energy Solar Power Panel


The sunshine on the Earth’s land is estimated to be 120,000 terawatts (trillion watts), or about 6,000 times the world’s estimated 20-terawatt electricity demand by 2020.

  • Solar Powered Aircraft

    Solar Powered Aircraft Claro Energy


Yes! You read it right. NASA has been working on a series of solar powered unmanned aircraft since the 1980’s.  Pathfinder, Pathfinder Plus and Helios Prototype, is the result of NASA’s efforts to use solar power for long duration high altitude flights.

  • Glass lenses use sun rays to make fire.

    Claro Energy


Solar energy has started trending from the last 10-15 years, but it’s initial uses dates back to 700 BC, when glass lenses were used to make fire by magnifying Sun Rays.

  • World’s First Modern Solar Cell was invented in 1954.

    The solar panel cells that we are familiar with was invented by Bells Laboratories, a subsidiary of Nokia in 1954.


There are so many more such facts about solar that aren’t common knowledge yet. The more people know the more they will adopt the concept. We will be back with more such facts. You can do your bit by spreading the word about solar.

Written By: Priyanka

Edited By: Anirban

India has about 26 million groundwater pumps, which incur a combined cost of $6 billion to the farmer, annually (source). Yet only 44% of the total cultivable area can be brought under irrigation.When talking about irrigation in India, the first few things that come to mind are big dams, dependency on monsoon, canals, use of expensive pollutants like diesel. In truth, these sources of water for irrigation have remained dominant, since inception, for a country in which more than 50% of the population is dependent on agriculture for living. Agriculture contributes to 15% of India’s total GDP.



Lately though, India has emerged as one of the front runners in the implementation of solar energy.  by using these irrigation facilities. For the rest, farmers are left staring at the rain gods for mercy. The continuous power outage, coupled with monsoon woes, added to the misery of Indian farming and has led to the rise of an energy substitute that doesn’t only reduce the dependency on conventional sources of energy (grid power, diesel generators) but also provides a clean and environment friendly solution in the long run. Solar water pumps offers various solutions.

Solar pumps  run on the electricity generated by photo-voltaic panels or the radiated thermal energy which is collected from sunlight. Solar pumps are useful where grid power is unavailable, or of poor quality and unreliable. The solar pumping systems are widely used for agriculture and livestock, rural /tribal area water supply, forest, and host of other areas where electrification is a challenge. Industries and commercial buildings have also taken recourse to harnessing sun power in right earnest.

India, being a tropical country, receives an abundance of of strong sunlight – paving the way for massive potential in solar energy. Most mainland areas in India get almost 300 days when the sun shines brightly enough to produce up to 5000 kwh solar energy per year.The benefits of solar pumps are not only restricted to irrigation, though. They can offer a various range of applications that can make the users’ lives easier and bring us all a step closer in making India an energy sufficient nation.

Lower cost, bigger benefits :With decreasing prices of solar panels, solar pumps are becoming a more viable solution for farmers. Solar pumps not only lift groundwater from beneath the surface, the have also enabled upliftment of the lives of poor farmers and their families. Savings made from switching to solar water pumps from diesel based ones, can change a farmer’s lifestyle – enabling more crops throughout the year, better seeds, better equipment, healthier livelihoods.


The drinking water solution

Solar pumps are also combating the shortage of clean drinking water. Half of the health hazards faced by India are due unhygienic drinking water. Most of the available freshwater is found in the underground.The various strata of soil, sand, and gravel found underground filter out most disease-causing organisms and harmful chemicals as the water infiltrates through them. Drinking water supply can be met in water scarce areas, areas which face erratic power supply, areas which don’t have access to clean water, and areas which are frequently hit by calamities like drought. Solar pumps can ease access to clean underground drinking water, thus, cutting down the usage of conventional or polluting energy, and contributing towards a healthier nation.

Drip Irrigation

Drip irrigation is an effective mechanism to deliver water directly to the roots, and allows introduction of such crops which would not have survived with a dependence on rainfall or erratic grid power. Solar powered pumps save hours of human labor and are immune to fuel shortage. Additionally, they can be used together in a direct-power system (no batteries) because the solar radiation (which governs pump speed) is also the main driver of evapotranspiration (how much water crops need). Thus, the pump works faster when it is sunny and the plants need more water, and vice-versa.


A Fogger is Machine that pressurizes the flow of water and generates water droplets to maintain humidity and a lower temperature in cow sheds, especially in the hot and dry summers of Northern India. These foggers can receive their water supply from solar pumps at a very low maintenance cost. If diesel were used to power these pumps then its emissions could have a dangerous effect on livestock. Solar powered foggers are safe to use with no carbon emission.

Pisciculture and Fisheries

In pisciculture, or fish farming, water is needed to be supplied from a height in order to supply the fish with much needed oxygen. If these water sources were run by grid power then a sudden power cut could hurt the fish stock by affecting their habitation. This is the worst nightmare for someone who is into fisheries and pisciculture or even aquaculture, where one simply can’t afford to lose livestocks to intense heat and fluctuating temperature. Recirculating the water in the system is much needed in aquaculture. In such cases, solar powered pumps provide a stable and predictable supply of water.

Generating Electricity

Solar pumps are not restricted to being just an irrigation asset. Although expensive, if a compatible battery inverter can be connected to solar panels, farmers can sell the extra electricity generated by the solar panels to their neighbors. Solar pumps can, thus, become risk-free income generating assets for farmers. This extra income can lead to a better lifestyle.

Easy installation, low maintenance, zero fuel cost, mobility options, a long life of 20-30 years – these are only some of the factors that have made solar pumps increasingly popular throughout the world. Even if solar pumps are being used for smaller operations, the benefits remain huge.They are not only helping to keep the environment clean but also uplifting lives.

Written By Priyanka

Edited By Anirban