Gujarat, a state located in northwestern India, contains isolated villages with people cut off from electricity and, by extension, the modern world. Residents burn kerosene for lighting, and firewood or dried cow dung for cooking. Homes are poorly ventilated, which exposes women, who do the majority of the domestic labor, and their children to harmful particles. It is estimated that more than 500,000 women die annually from respiratory ailments caused by repeated exposure.
Scope of Work
The DC HEaRT project’s partners in India are the Narottam Lalbhai Rural Development Fund, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), and Ahmedabad University. In addition to the Beall Family Foundation, financing for the project is available through the Narottam Lalbhai Rural Development Fund — a foundation created by Arvind Limited, one of India’s large textile manufacturers — who will work with Ahmedabad University to manage the implementation of the microgrid and associated projects, while IIT Madras will provide technical expertise on the design and operation of the microgrid.
With our partners, we have identified Gujarat, India as our first international location for our DC HEaRT demonstration projects. In Gujarat, we would like to assist 7 villages, which consist of 215 households and a total of 1,216 people. The villages involved are Mama Pipala, Paliyabiya, Moti Govindi, Tebadi, Patadiya, Hingatiya Jagir, and Tuvar. In Phase 1 of this project, we will be focusing on 2 villages, which amounts to 51 households and 278 people. Our main goals in these villages are to supply the following:
- Community Center with Communication, Education, Entertainment, Telemedicine, Meeting Space and Entrepreneurial Support
- Daily fresh battery (for LED lights, exhaust fan and phone charger)
- Purified water supplied to each household
- Solar powered with advanced, clean biomass generator as backup (second generation pryolysis)
A village in Gujarat, India.
Latest News - Tuvar Village Project
We are excited to announce that construction has begun on the Tuvar Village Project in Gujarat, India!
The Tuvar Village Project is the Indian component of a global demonstration of the use of disruptive technologies to meet the needs of lower income communities; simultaneously enhancing environmental, social and economic sustainability. The viability of the Tuvar Village Project is predicted on a comprehensive response to the needs of the community—power to households, potable water, sanitation, hygiene, health education, and telehealth supported by new sources of income for the community.
Our partners on this project include Mr. B.M. Shah, Mr. Kantibhai Patel, Mr. Vinod and Mr. Minibhai from NLRDF (Narottam Lalbhai Rural Development Fund) and Mr. Subi Rajagopalan, Mr. Harish Shankar V., Mr. Yogendra Khaintola and Mr. Rajesh Unnikrishnan from Safeworld Rural Services LLP. Due to their commitment and tireless efforts, the initial phase (Stage 1) of the project should be up and running in May 2018!
Highlights of Stage 1 of this project include:
- Solar plant, generating 30.69 kW, employing unique, specially designed tensile solar panel mounting structures, to bridge ravines and gullies in in otherwise unusable land.
- DC standalone grid to supply power to households (50 initially), street lighting, water pumping system, and common services including toilets, showers and community center.
- Water supply—potable water and water for common toilets and shower.
- Over a kilometer of solar-powered street lighting, which will provide safety and security—especially for women and children—to and from the common toilets.
- Refurbishment of an abandoned building for a new Community Center, which will have net zero capability. The Community Center will be used as an education, health and wellness center for Tuvar village and nearby communities.
Specially-designed electric vehicles for transporting patients found to be requiring treatment at more advanced health facilities.
Latest Project Site Photos (March 2018)
Please return to the site soon as we track the progress that is being made in Gujarat!