REC Foundation, the CSR wing of RECL strives to achieve a balance of economic, environmental and social imperatives. It is actively involved in facilitating setting up of projects designed to reduce its carbon footprint and ensure sustainable and secure growth. Through its CSR initiatives RECF funds and supports socially beneficial projects with sustainability as a guiding principle, giving priority to issues of foremost concern as in the national development agenda and to reach a wide spectrum of beneficiaries with a view to empower economically and socially backward communities.
SELCO, over the years, through its model of holistic approach to provide energy access solutions across the spectrum of community requirement has proven that through an understanding of end-users’ needs and cash flows, designing appropriate and affordable technology for the essential elements of the community such as health and education, developing local partnerships, it is possible to effectively address multidimensional energy access challenges existing in rural scenarios.
Hence, SELCO signed an agreement and entered into an partnership with the Rural Electric Corporation Foundation (RECF) on 27th November 2019, SELCO will implement will clean energy access solutions across home lighting, livelihood, health and education verticals in the underserved communities of Muzaffarpur in Bihar. SELCO along with the CSR support of (REC) is focusing on maximising the impact through careful consideration of solutions according to the geography, end user landscape and community requirements.
Considered as one of the most backward districts of India, Muzaffarpur, is home to 385 Village Panchayats and more than 1800 villages. Although agriculture is the main livelihood, dairy, textile and other few artisans based activities have also been an integral part of the communities. Muzaffarpur, due to its geo-climatic conditions, is also one of the most vulnerable districts with constant impacts from natural disasters. Some of the blocks in the districts are affected by floods every year, and also from the yearly heat waves. The district houses 16 PHCs and around 500 sub-centres, and more than 3000 primary education centres.
The combination of solutions are proposed as below:
- Portable Anganwadi Centre: This is completely solar powered smart Aanganwadi built with sustainable materials which can be dismantled and transported, can be installed in some other place if needed. The single unit can be used by more than 40 children.
- Inverter system for 5 Anganwadis: This is for basic access to electricity. Basic light & fan system and electricity to power weighing machine and mobile charger. This is installed in 5 Anganwadis which can be used by more than 200 students
- Digital Education Program: This is a completely Solar Powered System of LED TV, content, licensed App, training to teachers for three grades (5,6,7 or 8,9,10). This also includes a street light for the school considered here.
- Energy and Health Powering PHCs: This is Lighting and powering medical equipment in PHCs. 1 PHC will positively impact upto 10,000 villagers in and around the block.
- Solar powering of Kasturba residential schools: This includes Solar system basic lighting and fans for the complete campus. Can be used by more than 100 students.