The benefits of solar power for individual households should not be underestimated. You could save substantial amounts of money from energy saved by offsetting electric with solar panels. You do have to pay for installation, but there are several different schemes, subsidies, and support programs to help manage the costs.
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Originally published on CleanTechnica. The initial Cleantech Revolution Tour conference that we held in Berlin was a lot of fun, and the presentations were packed with interesting facts, figures, charts, and jokes. We had a blast, and there’s no way to share all of the conversations, connections, and laughs (which is why I encourage you to […]
A quiet movement by young social entrepreneurs across north and east India finds ways to turn waste from plants and animals into jobs for the ultra poor. Across India, young entrepreneurs are finding ways to innovate the mundane. Using found technology, they cobble simple machinery together to do more than just recycle: They’re expanding local […]
To help develop the fledgling social entrepreneurship movement in India, a student-driven initiative from the Indian School of Business is working to develop high impact self-sustaining social businesses through an annual social venture competition called iDiya. “iDiya is ISB’s national Social Venture Ideas Competition. It was conceived in 2009 at the Indian School of Business […]
When thinking about cleantech and renewable energy startups, India probably isn’t a location that comes to mind, but a new bootcamp and accelerator may change that, by providing support to early stage cleantech startups and entrepreneurs. “Cleantech entrepreneurship in India is at a nascent stage and PowerStart is an endeavor to catalyze entrepreneurship in this […]
Innumerable hurdles exist for students enrolled in government-run schools looking for a meaningful education in New Delhi. In these schools, there is an acute dearth of teachers and, unfortunately, even those few who have the privilege of having a teacher present are not taught properly. In most of these communities, the prevalent gender discrimination results […]
“Poverty is unnecessary” – Mohammad Yunus In India, this quote by Yunus continues to be relevant even today as a majority of its population battles poverty. Socially focused ventures that provide innovations for low-income markets and create opportunities for a better lifestyle have however made significant progress in fighting this battle – especially since […]
Google has just announced a wonderful opportunity for you Indian social entrepreneurs out there, “Google Impact Challenge in India.” Here’s a bit from the Official Google Blog: On the eve of India’s independence day, we’re celebrating the spirit of creativity and entrepreneurship of the world’s largest democracy by spotlighting the best local nonprofits that are […]
The Paradigm Project to Revolutionize Distribution of Energy Efficient Products in Developing Countries
The Paradigm Project recently announced that it plans to launch a new franchise brand called EzyLife that will revolutionize distribution of energy efficient products in the developing world. EzyLife will focus on last-mile distribution of fuel efficient cookstoves and other innovative consumer products, such as solar lanterns, water filters and agricultural products—products that deliver social […]
India’s fast-paced growth has been a topic of much debate and discussion in the last few years. As a result of booming sectors such as IT, there is a growing sense that the country is emerging as a global leader. As a result, at times India is being touted as the mecca of ‘Jugaad’ innovations […]
Recently, Dr. Sugata Mitra was awarded the 2013 TED Prize. This prestigious honor grants him $1 million to build a learning laboratory based on his ‘hole in the wall’ principles and experiment. The whole idea is to develop learning environments in which teachers are merely facilitators and coaches for children who teach themselves by […]
There are currently over one billion people in India who lack access to clean drinking water. Sarvajal is an Indian company which is making great strides to change that statistic with a progressive and forward thinking business model.
Sarvajal is a mass-market drinking water micro-franchise system which offers a low-cost and easily distributed water purification system franchise. Sarvajal is providing jobs and financial independence for the communities it is in while at the same time providing a low-cost, purified and clean drinking water.
Attempting to take advantage of the nearly 300 days of clear sun in the state annually, the government of Tamil Nadu, India have started a new energy policy, aiming to produce over 3000 MW of power from solar power in the next 3 years. Called the ‘Tamil Nadu Solar Energy Policy 2012’ the new proposal […]
Melinda Gates, through her travels for the Gates Foundation in the developing world, sees that poverty-stricken areas do not have a lot of things we take for granted- clean surroundings, clean water, sanitation or electricity. But she is astounded by what they do have- Coke. At TEDxChange, Melinda Gates makes a provocative case for nonprofits taking a cue from corporations such as Coca-Cola, whose plugged-in, global network of marketers and distributors ensures that every remote village wants — and can get — a Coke. Why shouldn’t this work for condoms, sanitation, vaccinations too?
Can a company create upcycled textiles products, revive a community and preserve age-old design skills? A business with a vision surely can. re-wrap is one such self-funded UK based social enterprise established in 2002.
Their mantra is simple enough but one with tremendous impact!
Re-cycle and create re-usable textile products.
Re-claim traditional skills as contemporary design.
Re-invent the lives of artisans in India with hope and purpose.
One word- Powerful!
verterra leaf based compostable bowlsI just had a bowl of cereal, in a palm leaf. No I’m not on a tropical island. Nor am I on a eco commune. I’m here in snowy Grass Valley, trying out the new line of compostable serviceware from Verterra. And I have to say I’m very impressed.
I’ve used quite a lot of eco friendly compostable/biodegradable plates, utensils, cups, etc. in my time, and these are the best I’ve come across.
Diwali, India’s Festival Of Light, is the most important holiday for the global Indian community. As much as it is a time to participate in family traditions, it is also a huge commercial opportunity for businesses, retailers and vendors that cater to the needs of the growing Indian community.