Two-day blackout sparks Australian solar idea in India

By Emily Stewart

Inspired by a two-day blackout, an Australian company uses solar lights to boost jobs and conditions in India.

“The blackout made media headlines all over the world but what didn’t get reported was that 390 million people were till left in the dark when the lights came on - people who live in energy poverty,” Ms Colenbrander said.

Photo: Children in Bangalore are now able to study at night and socialise with their friends because of access to solar lights.

Pollinate Energy aims to help India‘s urban poor by giving them access to solar lights.

An Australian solar company is shining a light on impoverished communities in India, helping to improve the lives of locals and boost employment.

Typically customers earn less than $2 a day and before having access to solar lights would spend several dollars each week on kerosene.

The company was founded by Emma Colenbrander and four friends using $50,000 of their own capital following a two-day blackout in 2012 which left more than half a billion Indians in darkness.

Customers have asked Pollinate to extend its product range with the company now looking at selling fans, water filters, and female menstrual hygiene products.

Read more here: ABC


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