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From Our Archive | Interviews with Magsaysay Award winner Harish Hande

From Our Archive | Interviews with Magsaysay Award winner Harish Hande
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First Published: Thu, Jul 28 2011. 04 13 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Jul 28 2011. 04 13 PM IST
Harish Hande, who revolutionised use of solar lights, is among six people who have been awarded Asia’s prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2011. Hande was recognised for bringing solar lights to a country, where half the households have no power, the foundation said.
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An entrepreneur’s crusade in lighting up India’s villages
Winner of the Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in 1995 and the Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2007, an annual honour that comes courtesy three organizations, namely Confederation of Indian Industry, United Nations Development Programme and the Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation, SELCO-India chief Harish Hande says the poor actually pay more for power, giving example of the Delhi street vendors who pay as much as Rs20/- for an incandescent light every evening.
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Power from the sun for rural India
With the recent rise in the cost of oil and coal, the emphasis on alternative fuel sources has never been more in focus for fulfilling India’s energy needs. This is especially true for rural India, where even in ordinary circumstances, the access and availability of electricity is scarce. This is where solar power comes in. SELCO Solar Lights managing director Harish Hande says that it could be a viable alternative for rural areas.
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SELCO’s Harish Hande does a reality check of policies around solar energy in an interview with Mint’s Surabhi Agarwal
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First Published: Thu, Jul 28 2011. 04 13 PM IST