IIT Bombay's 1 million SoULs program

Last Modified: Tue Nov 14 2017 09:01:55 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • Jan 2014
    IIT Bombay launches the “Localization of Solar Energy through Local Assembly, Sale and Usage of 1 Million Solar Urja Lamps (SoUL)” project with the belief that every child in India has the 'Right to Light'. The project has 3 main objectives:
  • #1
    Distribution of solar lamps to 1 million students in rural India at a block level, in a time bound manner.
  • #2
    Localize the assembly, distribution and service of high quality study lamps.
  • #3
    Research the impact of solar technology on various socio-economic indicators at the grassroot level.
  • 1 million
    solar lamps to be distributed to rural students - the lamps to be assembled, distributed and serviced at local block and village level.
  • 05 Jul 2016
    Date on which target was achieved.
  • 8,000
    + villages covered across 53 talukas in 24 districts of 4 states - Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Odisha.
  • 42
    Assembly centres established during the course of the project.
  • 150
    SoUL Repair Centers (SRCs) established and over 850 persons trained.
  • Rs. 18 crore
    Funding from Government of India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), through the National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF).
  • Rs. 20 crore
    Funding from philanthropic partners.
  • Rs. 120
    Price paid for the lamp by the student beneficiary, Rs. 180 from the NCEF fund and Rs. 200 from the corporate CSR funding.