Gujarat, a state located in northwestern India, contains isolated villages with people cut off from electricity and, by extension, the modern world. Residents burn kerosene for lighting, and firewood or dried cow dung for cooking. Homes are poorly ventilated, which exposes women, who do the majority of the domestic labor, and their children to harmful particles. It is estimated that more than 500,000 women die annually from respiratory ailments caused by repeated exposure.
Scope of Work
The DC HEaRT project’s partners in India are the Narottam Lalbhai Rural Development Fund, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), and Ahmedabad University. In addition to the Beall Family Foundation, financing for the project is available through the Narottam Lalbhai Rural Development Fund — a foundation created by Arvind Limited, one of India’s large textile manufacturers — who will work with Ahmedabad University to manage the implementation of the microgrid and associated projects, while IIT Madras will provide technical expertise on the design and operation of the microgrid.
With our partners, we have identified Gujarat, India as our first international location for our DC HEaRT demonstration projects. In Gujarat, we would like to assist 7 villages, which consist of 215 households and a total of 1,216 people. The villages involved are Mama Pipala, Paliyabiya, Moti Govindi, Tebadi, Patadiya, Hingatiya Jagir, and Tuvar. In Phase 1 of this project, we will be focusing on 2 villages, which amounts to 51 households and 278 people. Our main goals in these villages are to supply the following:
- Community Center with Communication, Education, Entertainment, Telemedicine, Meeting Space and Entrepreneurial Support
- Daily fresh battery (for LED lights, exhaust fan and phone charger)
- Purified water supplied to each household
- Solar powered with advanced, clean biomass generator as backup (second generation pryolysis)
Please return to the site as we track the progress that is being made in Gujarat!
A village in Gujarat, India.