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Arundhati solar lanterns are installed in various parts of India to reduce the usage of kerosene lamps to get better lighting at cheaper cost than conventional lantern system. Community charging station are installed with LED Lanterns for lighting the lives of 5300 peoples where they can use solar power for charging lanterns as well as Mobiles or any Li ion 3.7Volts battery based gadgets.

  • Project name: Solar Community Lanterns & Mobile Charging Stations.
  • Dates: Jan – Feb 2013
  • Location (town/city/country & Map Link): Bollapalle & Karempudi, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Villages: Gangupalli thanda, Kacharla thanda, Lakshmipuram thanda, Lingamgunta thanda, Manepalli thanda, Mekaladinna, Reddypalem, Vykuntapuram.

40No’s of Community charging station are installed with 400 LED Lanterns for lighting the lives of 2000 peoples. People’s can also charge their mobiles from SCS Junction box.

  • Project name: Solar Community Lanterns & Mobile Charging Stations.
  • Dates: May 2013
  • Location (town/city/country & Map Link): Devarkadra, Mahaboob nagar District, Andhra Pradesh, India

5 No’s of Community charging station are installed with 65 No’s of LED Lanterns, 25 No’s of solar ceiling lanterns, 20 No’s LED Head Lamps, 25 No’s LED Study Lights, 20 No’s LED Flash Lights, Mobile charging for Lighting the lives of 800 peoples.

  • Project name: Solar Community Lanterns & Mobile Charging Stations.
  • Dates: June – July 2013
  • Location (town/city/country & Map Link): Prakasam District, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Villages: Bala kotaiah sangam, Indira Nagar Colony, Marrichettu sanagm, Ramakrishnapuram, Verupalli.

15 No’s of Community charging stations are installed with 300 No’s LED Lanterns for lighting the lives of 1500 peoples. People’s can also charge their mobiles from SCS Junction box.

  • Project name: Solar Community Lanterns & Mobile Charging Stations.
  • Dates: 19.05.2013 to 25.05.2013
  • Location (town/city/country & Map Link): Lingsugur, Karnataka, India
  • Villages: Kupeguda, Kannel, sarjapur, Gudihal, Buddinhi, Gadratgi, Mittikeliur, Sindhanoor,

12 No’s of Community charging station are installed (Roof mounted & Pole mounted) with 240 LED Lanterns, Lighting the lives of 1000 peoples.

  • Contact person: Mr.C.V Rao ( Prakruthi power) ,  
  • Organizations involved: Global Telelinks ( Prakruthi Power) , TERI
  • Sponsors: The Energy Resources Institute (TERI), Home science institute Hyderabad.
  • Number and type(s) of lighting systems deployed: Solar Community Lanterns & Mobile Charging Stations.
  • Project description and results:

The Junction box  includes  Charge controller with required protections, accessories, cables with suitable connectors and Lithium ion battery power pack 12.6V 11Ah,( Or Lead Acid  Batteries depending  on Affordability)   and  can  charge Lithium ion battery based gadgets like  LED Lanterns, Mobiles, Head lamps, Flash Lights, ceiling lanterns etc., LED Lighting Systems  with 3Watt  LED Bulbs.( See  pictures  below)

Mobile phones and Lantern charging is a daily requirement in Off Grid areas. The consumer can charge mobile and lantern by solar panel or charging Station. LED Lighting is more efficient when compared to Fluorescent and Incandescent Lighting. LED  is  efficient  uses  less power,  lasts  longer , trouble  free and  has  higher  lighting levels  on  per  watt  comparison.

 LED lanterns with Li Ion Batteries are convenient, produce less heat and No smoke   when compared to kerosene Lanterns. A kerosene lamp producing 37 lumens for 4 hours per day will consume about 3 liters of kerosene per month. Kerosene price $2 per liter, $6 per month, $72 per year. Solar lantern with Panel and Mobile charging accessories can retail for less than $ 50 and give backup of 20Hours and 80-100Lumens lighting. Consumer can recover  his  cost  in  first  year  thus  enjoying  benefits  for subsequent  years. Maintenance cost of Kerosene lamp is 5 times> than Solar LED Lamp.

 Arundhati lanterns from Global Telelinks is approved by Lighting Africa and TERI.

 These Installations are done in off grid or Rural areas where there are power cuts.  Main disadvantage of remote area’s is low demand, hence transmission supply is more expansive than demand. It becomes cheaper to generate one's own electricity rather than purchasing it from the grid. Electricity can be generated on site by renewable energy resources like solar, wind, biomass….etc.,

The Charging station with Solar Powering can also charge Li Ion Powered Gadgets like Lantern, Study Lights, Mobile, tabbies, Li ion batteries, flash lights, etc,..



  • Project name: Light Up Oecusse, Timor-Leste
  • Location (town/city/country & Map Link): Oecusse enclave of Timor-Leste  - map
  • Photos: Many more photos shared on the Kopernik website  (Video here) ]
  • Contact person:
  • Organizations involved: Kopernik, Fundasaun Esperanza Enklave Oecusse (FEEO)
  • Dates: November 2010 - now
  • Sponsors: Daiwa Securities, WSD, Radiant Carbon
  • Number and type(s) of lighting systems deployed: 6,401 d.light solar lights (3,018 S10; 2,703 S250; 680 S1)
  • Links to other docsLight Up Oecusse Impact Assessment December 2013
  • Project description and results:

Since late 2010, Kopernik has distributed more than 6,000 d.light solar lights in the Oecusse enclave of Timor-Leste, through our Light Up Oecusse projects. The lights are sold at a subsidised price through our local partner, FEEO.

We are pleased to share the results of an impact assessment of these solar lights, conducted by Kopernik Fellow Chris Shepherd in Oecusse from May to July 2013.

He reports that the distribution of d.lights in off-the-grid villages in what is Timor-Leste’s poorest and most isolated district is an extremely worthwhile initiative. D.lights offer many immediate benefits in terms of light quality, thus enhancing the activities that take place under them, including work in the home, agricultural labor in the fields, foraging on the tidal flats, and running businesses from home.

They also usher in a series of positive flow-on effects resulting primarily from considerable savings due to reduction or elimination of kerosene purchases, savings that range from 15 percent to 50 percent of disposable income.
Despite some concerns about d.light battery life and reparability, these are relatively minor in the mind of those that own d.lights. Local users clearly recognise the superiority of d.lights over the existing lighting configuration of kerosene lamps, torches and candles, hence they are highly coveted.

Supply has not been able to keep pace with demand, therefore an intensified distribution of d.lights for the district is recommended.

Please visit the Kopernik website to download the complete impact assessment report.

Excellent to see a Field Project post from this part of the world.  Any findings with regard to impacts on sellers of kerosene?  

I added a link to your video as well.

The researcher, Chris Shepherd, is currently lost in South America, so I haven't had a chance to follow-up with him yet on this, but we're hoping to do a verbal debrief early in the new year and will ask him about it then.

  • Project name: Switch on Kalimantan, Indonesia
  • Location (town/city/country & Map Link): Desa Galinggang - an off-grid village on the banks of the Katingan river in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. 
  • Photos: More photos available on the Kopernik website.
  • Contact person: Sally Bolton -
  • Organizations involved: Kopernik, Yayasan Puter Indonesia
  • Dates: March 2013 - December 2013
  • Sponsors: Crowdfunded donations, Mazars Starling Resources
  • Number and type(s) of lighting systems deployed: 180 d.light S250 solar lanterns
  • Links to other docs
  • Project description and results:

In March 2013, Kopernik connected 180 d.light S250 solar lights with people in Galinggang, an off-grid village on the banks of the Katingan river in Central Kalimantan. We partnered with Yayasan Puter Indonesia to make the solar lights available to buy in instalments.

Six months after people began using the solar lights, Kopernik Fellow Reisky Handika visited Galinggang to explore the impact of the technology on people's lives. He conducted research in Galinggang from September to November 2013. 

Reisky found that:

  • People who purchased the d.light S250 solar lights are saving a significant amount of money each month on lighting expenses;
  • Almost 44 percent of people say their health has improved since buying their solar light (although the cause of this may not be solely attributed to reduced exposure to kerosene smoke);
  • On average, students are not studying longer at night, but report that they are now studying more effectively and efficiently using the d.light S250;
  • The average time dedicated to cooking dinner is now much shorter than before; and
  • Fishing at night has not been affected much by the distribution of the d.light S250.

Families are very happy with their solar light purchases, and are keen to buy more d.light solar lights to eliminate dependence on kerosene. Based on this strong demand, Kopernik is currently raising funds to send a further 300 d.light S300 solar lights to Galinggang in the second phase of the Switch on Kalimantan, Indonesia project.

Learn more about Reisky's research findings by downloading the Switch on Kalimantan Impact Assessment report from the Kopernik website.




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