Currently, over 95% of India’s population has access to power (World Bank, 2018), however, with India’s huge population, that’s over 67.6 million people without power. Of those with access, the electricity supply is highly unreliable and inconsistent for most rural consumers, who make up nearly two-thirds of the country’s population (World Bank, 2019).
When it comes to electricity, ‘unpredictability’ is the norm. In Bhubaneswar, India, 97% of those surveyed were connected to the state grid but were looking for more reliable energy (PEV, 2019). Regular blackouts expose community members to extreme temperatures year-round, leaving entire families affected by poor sleep quality and low productivity in their education and work. On top of that, the challenge of planning for inconsistent costs and large bulk bills can force families to forego other important payments such as school fees to pay them off, leading to a rapid accumulation of debt and severe financial strain. The impact on local businesses is just as detrimental, with power cuts causing major disruptions for operations.
With most accessible options for power involving the use of toxic, non-renewable fuel sources, household emissions from everything, from light to heat to cooking, has deadly health implications, too.
789 million people around the world lack access to electricity (UN, 2020)
90% of urban-rural low-income households in Bhubaneswar reported they did not have access to reliable energy at night due to frequent blackouts and unstable voltages (PEV, 2020).
Indoor air pollution from using combustible fuels for household energy caused 4.3 million deaths in 2012, with women and girls accounting for 6 out of every 10 of these (UN, 2020).
The cost of electricity can vary significantly and be unpredictable with 62% of urban-rural and rural families in Bhubaneswar who struggle to pay their electricity bills (PEV, 2020)
Watch It In Action
What it Addresses
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
7.2 By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
Improving the productivity of even just one person’s business has a ripple effect on their whole community.
“I was astounded to find out how extensive the losses in productivity were for people after the cyclone damaged power grid infrastructure, and how impactful an independent energy solution could be for these businesses. You don’t have to be a billionaire to make a social impact. Improving the productivity of even just one person’s business has a ripple effect on the whole community.”
How to Get involved
Connecting young change-makers and technology partners you will be testing social enterprise solutions in real-world contexts at the very early stages. This is an opportunity to deeply understand our community members and work with them to develop a meaningful social impact.
Virtual Impact Program4 weeks
January 2021 | January 4 – 29, 2021
- February 2021 | February 1 – 26, 2021
- May 2021 | May 10 – June 4, 2021
- June 2021 | June 7 – July 2, 2021
- July 2021 | June 28 – July 23, 2021
Global Impact Program4 Weeks
Rural Impact Program2 Weeks
- December 2020 | December 7 – 18 2020
- January 2021 | January 4 – 15 2021 & January 18 – 29 2021
- February 2021 | February 1 – 12 2021