Perfetti Van Melle India launches solar electrification project with TERI

07 May,2013

By A Correspondent


Confectionery manufacturer Perfetti Van Melle India (PVM India) has announced the launch of its Solar Electrification Project in Uttarakhand, a project to provide clean, affordable and sustainable lighting to people in remote areas of this state.


Under this project PVM India has collaborated with TERI and effectively implemented one solar charging station at Dugari Khatta 1, which comes under Gram Panchayat of Biriya Block, Khatima District of Udham Singh Nagar. For these villages, Perfetti has supported the distribution of LED lanternsfor 50 households.This project is expected to light up the lives of over 250 people and to positively impact their livelihood, health, and education.


Perfetti Van Melle India decided to initiate a solar electrification project, under which one centralized solar charging station in Dugari Khatta 1 has been set-up with a provision for 50 solar lanterns. The LED lanterns work for approximately six hours and provide a clean lighting solution. The centralized solar charging station is run by a woman entrepreneur, from the community, who has been trained by TERI on the basic operation and maintenance of the solar charging station. She will be responsible for monitoring and maintaining log books and faults/rectification status, daily upkeep of the lanterns and solar panels, maintaining contact with the energy enterprises for the service of lanterns etc. The programme is structured to provide her livelihood, thus providing an additional benefit to the community.


Commenting on the occasion, Stefano Pelle, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Perfetti Van Melle group, said, “Lighting is a key issue in such remote parts of the country, and can truly transform lives. Through this programme, the productive day is effectively being stretched by 6 hours, thus providing more time for domestic chores and education. Solar energy is a great way to provide electricity in such areas, since it is eco-friendly and self-sustainable. We are very happy to launch this project and bring about a positive change in the community.”


I H Rehman, Director, Lighting a Billion Lives Campaign, The Energy and Resources Institute, added, “One of the major challenges faced by the world today is providing sustainable energy. The task is massive but solutions need to meet specific basic needs in an efficient manner. Lighting based on solar energy is very effective for areas which are deprived or have poor access. Lighting a Billion Lives Campaign of TERI is a step in the direction of making clean lighting available to poor households”.


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  1. Himanshu Agarwal says:

    Is it a CSR initiative from PVM?

    What other villages does PVM plan to adopt under this initiative?