Have you ever gone through the trauma of spending major part of your life without having the luxury of electricity at your expense? If not a major part, then may be just a few hours without electricity? I am sure you must dread to experience that. How anxious do you feel when your cell phone battery is about to die and you are in a desperate need to plug in the phone to the charger, or how you wish to get home asap while walking down the lane while the temperature is in negative and curl up in the comfort of centrally heated house.
All these luxuries that you even fail to be thankful for are a farfetched dream for most of the citizens of the world. More than 2.5 million people around the world are not privileged enough to have electricity. Fossil fuels, kerosene oil, diesel and burning coal are the sources of lighting, cooking, preservation and cleaning of water. Which in return produces greenhouse gasses, CO2 being one of them.
There are companies and enterprises that are coming forward to provide electricity to these third world countries through installations of solar panels. This is beneficial in tremendous ways: preventing the environment from these hazardous gases resulting from burning of diesel, coal and kerosene oil, it is providing jobs to tens of thousands of people by venturing into solar panel installations and rendering cheap and clean electricity.
Following are the top 10 CleanTech companies that are working towards establishing solar power in 3rd world countries.
1. Bennu Solar
Bennu Solar find it a privilege to be able to customize, mass produce and brand solar products to be supplied to the underdeveloped countries like Africa. They produce customizable products like solar kits, lanterns and PAYG, that are produced with high in-factory quality control and finally delivered to the desired locations on time.
They are a source of light and a ray of hope in the lives of people who strive to step out of the darkness that is spread all over their lives.
SELCO has been in the business of providing solar energy services since 1995. Since then they are operating 45 service centers in various cities of India. With a team of hundreds of employees they have been successful in delivering over 200,000 solar home lightning systems in 20 years. They do not only sell and service solar energy systems but also many other energy devices and services to enlighten the life of underprivileged folks.
d.light was the 2013 Zayed Future Energy Prize winner. They are for-profit social enterprises, who aim to deliver inexpensive solar power solutions to the people in under developed countries, households and small businesses. Responsible for distribution of reliable power to 62 countries to over 76 million people in the poor rural areas, having four hubs in Africa, China, South Asia and the United States. They are strong headedly aiming to provide solar lighting and power systems to 100 million people by 2020.
4. Mainstream Renewable Power
Mainstream Renewable Power is a 2013 Zayed Future Energy Prize finalist. They mainly operate in wind power than solar power as wind power is more cost effective and makes energy available for larger groups of people per sale. Having offices in 7 countries, across 4 continents and employing over 160 experienced staff in the target market.
5. Grameen Shakti
Grameen Shakti being another 2013 Zayed Future Energy Prize finalist. They have been working tirelessly since 1996 to bring green energy, health, income and green jobs to people in rural Bangladesh. Have come up with highly an improved cooking stove system which prevent from having indoor smoke pollution, blackening and heat from the stove. They have produced almost 1.5 million solar home systems as well as 30,000 biogas plants. They also facilitate with free after sales services to make the maintenance easy for the villagers.
6. Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha
Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha is a nonprofit organization serving solar in Bangladesh. But they have opted to facilitate and assist in the most distinctive and matchless way possible. It operates 54 floating schools, libraries, health clinics, and training centres which include wireless internet and are powered by solar panels. It is serving approximately 100,000 people in flood-prone areas of Bangladesh.
7. Abellon Clean Energy
Abellon Clean Energy was the 2014 Zayed Future Energy Prize winner. They are an integrated sustainable energy solutions provider who strive to serve in the fields of bio-energy, solid bio-fuel, liquid bio-fuels, bio- power and other forms of clean energy generation. Founded in 2008, Abellon have been triumphant in introducing sustainable bio-energy technologies to people in India, parts of Europe, parts of Africa and Ghana.
8. Orb Energy
Orb Energy was a 2012 Zayed Future Energy Prize finalist in the SME & NGO category. They are operating in India to make solar energy, affordable, available, hassle free to customers who are searching for a better energy alternative. They have been thriving in projects and successfully delivering solar power projects, solar thermal projects, solar inverter, solar lighting, solar water heating and solar lights.
9. Little Sun
Little Sun came into being in 2012. Ever since then, they have been working to make the lives of those 1.1 billion people who are living without energy day and night by fabricating premium solar products. Their solar LED is making its way to people in Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Senegal, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa, Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan. Over 165,000 of the solar LEDs have been distributed since then.
10. Sunlabob Renewable Energy
Since 2007, Sunlabob Renewable Energy has been serving in the domains of solar, small hydro, renewable energy technologies and products. It is the first licensed enterprise by ministry of energy and mines in Lao PDR to conduct energy audits. They are determined to bring awareness to people about inappropriate energy usage, identify areas where energy savings can be made through suitable equipments and appliances.
Above listed companies are doing a phenomenal job in the fields of solar energy, in making it a commonly used source of energy conservation, in making the life of underprivileged people worth living. It is an enormous achievement on their part even if they succeed in lighting a single bulb when the helpless rural poor were in desperate need of power and electricity.
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