12 Quarantine Centres of Ukhrul solar-powered by SEAT and SELCO Foundation

12 Quarantine Centres of Ukhrul solar-powered by SEAT and SELCO Foundation

Written By: / Wednesday, 17 June 2020 17:49

IT News 
lmphal, June.17:

12  Community Quarantine Centres at 10 villages and 2 PHCs - Talui PHC and Chingai PHC of Ukhrul District have been successfully installed with solar power jointly by Socio Economic Action Trust (SEAT),  SELCO Foundation and SNL Energy Solutions, Yairipok.
The installation of the 150 Wp Photovoltaic Solar Home Lighting Systems which include efficient LED lights and charging port, was carried out by SNL Energy Solutions, a well recognised social enterprise working in the field of sustainable energy in urban and rural areas of Manipur.
“We felt that the most feasible option would be solar energy lighting. The villagers and both the PHCs have also expressed appreciation as they have had no alternative arrangement so far. We thank SELCO Foundation for the timely intervention,” said Yuireihor Khaleng, CEO SEAT, an organisation working in 6 districts of Manipur in the field of livelihood and promotion of entrepreneurs.
In view of the inadequate infrastructure and amenities in the district, the District Administration with civil organisations and respective MLAs had advised/ directed the Village Authorities to set up Community Quarantine Centres at the village level for a collective fight against the ongoing pandemic. One of the major challenges the villages were facing was reliable power source for lighting. In these times of need, the villagers were facing difficulty in getting grid power supply which forced them to opt for other sources of lighting affecting the village resources and increasing the family expenses. It was therefore imperative to alternatively power these quarantine centres.
Access to solar energy lighting has a significant positive impact on efficient monitoring of the quarantine centre managed and run by the village administration. It also provides study opportunities especially for the students and encourages to fully make use of the time spent in quarantine. Once the lockdown and quarantine eases, the system will be  managed and used by the Village Authority for running their village administration.
SELCO Foundation aims to develop innovative, sustainable social, technical and financial models that impact climate change and poverty alleviation. It is a collaborative striving to work on solutions, support agents and build sustainable ecosystems for clean energy access. SELCO Foundation seeks to holistically facilitate context driven solutions and opportunities that result in improved well-being and livelihoods for underserved communities through sustainable energy and energy efficient applications. The interventions are developed with focus on local empowerment, replication and ethical scaling.

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