Miyerkules, Agosto 24, 2011

Harish Hande: 2011 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for harnessing green energy for the poor

India is on the rise, there's no doubt about that. Their ever increasing middle-class group empowers their economy like never before. Do you know that India now has its own F1 team? They own former US car brands like General Motors and Jaguar.

However, a lot of the country remains poor.


Better use of education
A graduate of Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Indian national Harish Hande's eyes were opened that using small scale, stand-alone installations instead of large centralized thermal stations – was more effective in reaching poor, remote villages where life is backward and technology is most needed.

He thought that this may benefit his countrymen a lot. So he want back home after studying and formed Solar Electric Light Company (SELCO) India in Bangalore. The road to providing heating, light and energy to his fellow Indians was not easy. He had to deal with financing, rolling out the technology and business partners. Yet six years after establishing the business, SELCO has SELCO has reached more than half a million people by installing solar lights in 120,000 households, micro-enterprises and community facilities.

His compassion for the poor and desire to empower them and be better members of the society has made him use his education not merely for profit. His Ramon Magsaysay award is indeed deserving.

Congratulations!

Credits: PhilStar

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