Panasonic to give 4000 solar lantens to off-grid communities in India this year

Written by Pankaj Maru | Pankaj Maru | Bangalore | Updated: Mar 19 2014, 18:13pm hrs
Panasonic IndiaThis is in addition to 5000 lanterns company had granted in 2013. Reuters
In a bid to provide 100,000 solar lanterns to off-grid communities, Panasonic India has announced that it will provide 4000 solar lanterns to people based in areas with no power access. This is in addition to 5000 lanterns company had granted in 2013.

For this initiative Panasonic has joined hands with six NGOs (non-profit organizations) the World Health Partners, Plan International India, World Vision India, Care India, Japan Lutheran Evangelical Association and SARD (Society of All Round Development) in the areas of Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, West Bengal and Haryana.

Beside providing solar lanterns, this initiative also undertake activities such as medical care service at night to promote the healthcare campaign for poor and deprived families and conduct eco-education classes in the evening for children without alternate sources of light.

According to Dr. G. Prasad, Director- Off Grid Location, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE), Govt. Of India, the mutual relationship between economic development and energy consumption is apparent and power has been universally recognized as one of the most important factors for economic growth and human development.

In this light, increasing pressure of population and a cumulative use of energy in different sectors of the economy is an area of concern for India. This initiative by Panasonic will help solve various existing social issues. I would like to commend Panasonic for promoting such corporate citizenship projects in India by lending a hand to countrys growth, said Dr. Prasad.

India has tremendous energy needs and an increasing difficulty in meeting those needs through traditional means of power generation. There is an unadorned disparity in demand and supply of power and our country risks facing a severe energy crisis in the future, said Manish Sharma, Managing Director, Panasonic India.

The only solution that can help amend this situation is renewable energy. Keeping this in mind, Panasonic realizes the need to provide an alternative and healthy source of energy to the people of India which is expected to play a significant role in helping meet the nations energy needs, stressed Sharma.

On this initiative, Michiko Ogawa, General Manager, Corporate Citizenship Group, Panasonic Corporation said, In a bid to address electricity problems and to protect citizens, especially children, from harmful gases emitted by oil-based lanterns, we at Panasonic have been a part of this initiative and have already contributed solar lights to resolve various challenges in countries without electricity, especially to support the education and health sectors.

We are very pleased to carry on this effort and lend a hand to Indias growth. These efforts are a continuation of our long-term commitment of building a better life for poor communities around the world,added Ogawa.

Panasonic has already touched lives of a sizeable population globally by launching successful solar lantern projects and granted 10,000 compact solar lights to non-profit, non-governmental and humanitarian organizations working to solve social challenges in Myanmar (3,000 units) and India (5,000 units), along with 2,000 lights to refugee camps in Africa in 2013.