Using Solar Energy to Bring Clean and Accessible Water Benefitting the Most Underprivileged of the Society
Introduction: Imagine having to hand carry water for all your needs and for your family. It is 40 deg. temperature and one has to carry 20 kg uphill, two to three times a day, everyday. It is a life of drudgery and compulsion.
Sunlit Future has a chance to help relieve some of these difficulties by installing solar water pumps (using Grundfos SQ Flex pumps) and bringing water closer to the doorsteps of these people – relieving three to four hours of hard labour and thereby improving their quality of life and giving them time to pursue education, skill development or just a better life for women and children.
Sunlit Future has been working with solar energy for 12 years bringing high quality renewable energy solutions to both rural and urban India. Grundfos India and Sunlit Future has been working together for the last 10 years. The ‘100 pumps for 100 villages’ project will affect almost 30.000 people in 100 different villages in four states in India, benefitting the most underprivileged of the society including forest tribals, scheduled castes, underprivileged children and slums.
Technological Solution and Advantage of Grundfos Solar and SQ – Flex pumps: Solar Energy and SQ-Flex combine to provide an optimum efficiency for designing a solar water pump with best value in areas of hardships and difficult conditions. These areas have limited or no grid power connectivity making an ideal use of solar photovoltaics combined with the flexibility of SQ Flex pumps. With the falling cost of solar energy and the flexible nature of SQ Flex , such a solution is possible and affordable in present times. Sunlit Future has installed more than 2000 pumps all over India and has the experience and working knowledge to design a optimum sized solar pumping system.
The Project: Sunlit Future, in collaboration with local NGO partners in four different states will install 100 solar drinking water pumps, using environmentally sustainable technological solutions to make water accessible for 30,000 poor persons living in these difficult and undeveloped areas.