Solar Projects

Penetration of electricity is huge challenge before India. Millions of households depend on kerosene and wood for their energy needs.

SCALE has taken solar energy to remote rural areas as well as to 63 villages on the border areas with China and Nepal. To promote solar energy in far-flung areas in rural India, it started with setting up India’s first two solar manufacturing cooperatives in Uttarakhand & Uttar Pradesh. SCALE has brought about several breakthroughs in the energy sector. It has taken on initiatives to prove that it is passion and not just economics that plays a role in bringing about change.

Rapid Progress

Back in 2011 SCALE was inducted into renewable energy by none other than the Green Oscar Winner, Prof. Gon Chaudhuri from NBIRT, Kolkata. Since then, SCALE has designed and developed its own efficient, affordable and modular solar lights as per MNRE specifications. It uses the best & reliable components in its products. It has ensured a very high performance as well as uptime to the customers. This is in sharp contrast to majority of sellers where the non-availability of support has caused very high failures. Solar product designed by SCALE includes, Street Lights, Home Lights, Garden Lights, Lanterns, DC Bulbs, and Mobile Charging Stations amongst others.

Solar Energy Program

SCALE has set up solar cooperatives in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. The members of these two cooperatives have been trained in the manufacture, sales and repair of the solar products. Nearly 15000 rural homes have been solar lighted since 2015.

Social-Economic Model

Our solar energy solutions rely on a firm social-economic model. By training over 400 unemployed youth and giving them a good stipend, SCALE has helped them with the jobs in the electrical and electronic industry.

UCRE solar cooperative replicated in Uttar Pradesh

Looking at the success of UCRE in Haldwani, SCALE has set up the second cooperative in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. With low penetration of electricity continuing to be a challenge in many states, Uttarayan Cooperative for Renewable Energy and Environment (UCREE) was set up in July, 2016. During 2019-21, we expect them to solar light over 15,000 additional homes.

SCALE has already provided UCREE’s manufacturing staff with an exhaustive training to produce all solar products.

Another landmark on India-Nepal border in Uttarakhand

On February 23, 2017, SCALE completed donation of solar lights to 23 unelectrified villages on the India-Nepal border. In an association set up with the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), which is policing these border areas, 500 solar lights have been given for distribution and support in these remote villages. This includes villages of Jaiya, Khera, Ajrena, Kulari, in Champawat district, Nepal Chu, Nabi, Budhi, Garba, Rongkong etc in Dharchula district, Kajaria, Briya, Bankari, Sonha etc under 39 BN and Bodipur, Azadnagar, Nagoria under 49BN.

SCALE has also trained 14 SSB technicians in repairs to provide instant support to the users in these villages. Adequate spares were given to SSB to ensure quick turnaround for any failures.

As a tribute to the Defence Forces, SCALE will continue to collaborate with border policing organizations to ensure better quality of life for the border villages.

SCALE lights the 40 villages on India-China Border

From plains to mountains, SCALE has traversed many journeys. Defending the India-China border is fraught with challenges for the ITBP battalions. Tough terrain, severe weather conditions and poor access to electricity and technology are just a few of the struggles for both the border police and the villages in this area.

SCALE has donated solar lights & mobile charging stations to forty villages on India-China border. This includes the villages of Gow, Sipur, Marcha, Tedang, Bon, Dugtar, Son, Datu, Film and Dhakar amongst others.

It has also solar lighted three ITBP bases besides donating over 8,000 school books on Science, Mathematics and English. SCALE aims to further step up its aid in IT education to schools at the border.

In addition, UCRE has trained six service technicians from ITBP in maintenance and repair of solar lights and provided adequate spares for ease of support to the users.

Solar lights power Alambana, women’s self-help group set up by SCALE

SCALE has set up Alambana, a women self -help group in village Maharajpur in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand. The centre has been operating with solar lights, donated by SCALE. With power supply being quite erratic, solar lights have made it far easier for women to carry on with their day to day work. Today, these members are stitching school uniforms, gift items and ladies suits through uninterrupted solar power supply provided by SCALE.

Capacity building in solar products

During the last eight years, SCALE has trained over 400 unemployed youth in manufacturing, assembly, sales and repair of solar products. The first of the capacity building program was carried out under the supervision of the Green Oscar winner, Dr. Gon Chaudhuri. From populating PCB boards, producing LED bulbs or soldering, these technicians are today proficient in manufacturing of solar products.

SCALE is proud to mention that nearly all the trained personnel have been absorbed either in manufacturing industries, solar consultancy or are working as small entrepreneurs.

SCALE had also trained 15 youth in the installation and repair of solar water heaters (under the UNDP/GKS/MNRE). We are happy to mention that majority of them are still connected with this profession since 2011.

ISO certified

Being an extremely transparent and process-driven organization, SCALE has got an ISO 9001:2015 certification for its solar project also.