Joe Kselman
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Recently 501 c 3 certified by the IRS

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A couple of weeks ago we got our official non profit status approval.  Besides donations now being tax deductible I know this opens us up to increased grant opportunities.  Some of our organizations…Continue

Kihare Village Solar Home Lighting Project

Started Feb 24, 2015 0 Replies

HelloOur organization is planning on doing a solar home lighting distribution for a village in Bihar India that doesn't have grid access.  This is the second village we will be working with and…Continue

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"Great job! Joe. Thanks for the relevance and accuracy of your field work. Agreed on nearly every aspect of it, except one important point : "...Those who live without power do so because they are too impoverished to do anything about…"
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Recently 501 c 3 certified by the IRS

A couple of weeks ago we got our official non profit status approval.  Besides donations now being tax deductible I know this opens us up to increased grant opportunities.  Some of our organizations board members has experience in this field but I personally don't.  I was hoping for some general feed back in regards to solar power in the developing world and potential grants associated with it.  Thanks!See More
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Energy Access For All In the 21st Century

It is surprisingly easy to bring electricity to entire communities that don’t currently have access to the grid.  There are 4 main factors that need to covered in order to ensure success:Identifying and communicating your intentions with the target community.  Raising the necessary funds to by every home in the community it’s own individual power and light source (anywhere between 20 to 100 dollars per home depending on the size of the system)Identifying potential vendors of the solar power…See More
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This group is for discussion of innovative approaches to financing off-grid lighting products. A wide variety of strategies are being used, from highly informal lay-away arrangements to highly sophisticated ones using cell-phone banking to make payments based on remotely monitored light usage.Please share your thoughts and experiences with the other members.See More
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Kihare Village Solar Home Lighting Project

HelloOur organization is planning on doing a solar home lighting distribution for a village in Bihar India that doesn't have grid access.  This is the second village we will be working with and presently we are planning on using the same Luminous SHL 10 systems we did last time.  Over the past 6 months enough units have required servicing that we decided to consider other options. One caveat being that we prefer to use a supplier in Bihar because that help us negotiate our service agreements…See More
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Name of your company or organization
The Solar Village Project
Role(s)
Non-governmental organization (NGO)
Region
Asia
Describe your involvement and/or interest in off-grid lighting
Our organization raises money to donate free solar power systems to villages without access to the grid.
Website
http://solarvillageproject.org
Facebook page:
http://https://www.facebook.com/solarvillageproject
Twitter ID:
http://https://twitter.com/Solar_Village

My name is Joe Kselman.  I work at the University Of Maryland College Park in the Electrical Engineering Department as a project coordinator.  I helped to develop and build the MESA lab, the universities first lab dedicated to sustainable power generation with a focus on solar and wind.  

In my free time I've spent the past few years working to bring power to an impoverished village called Gauterine in the state of Bihar, India.  Gauterine village is near the village of one of our organizations members family, Sunil Sharma. Sunil and I started in the Spring of 2013 by installing a 200 watt panel along with a 12v 80 Amp Hour battery and a 1200 watt inverter.  We set up the school with a ceiling fan lights and outlets inside and out so people could charge their phones.  

Less than a year later we went back and installed a couple of Raspberry Pi computers and a bigger battery and inverter.  Then in the spring of 2014 we successfully crowd funded enough money to distribute a solar home lighting system to every home in Gauterine Village

Previously the people had relied on kerosene for their lighting now they have 2 10 watt LED bulbs, a 30 watt solar panel, 1 multi port phone charger and of course the battery/charging station 12v 8AH.  Cleaner, brighter and healthier.

After our success with Gauterine we decided to expand our mission to other villages not connected to the grid.  So we formed our non profit organization.The Solar Village Project.

We are currently running our second fundraiser to provide 150 solar home lighting systems to Kihare Village in Bihar India.  

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Energy Access For All In the 21st Century

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It is surprisingly easy to bring electricity to entire communities that don’t currently have access to the grid.  There are 4 main factors that need to covered in order to ensure success:

  1. Identifying and communicating your intentions with the target community.  

  2. Raising the necessary funds to by every home in the community it’s own individual power and light source (anywhere between 20 to 100 dollars per home depending on the size of the…

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