Tag Archives: India

Interview with Raghuraman (Raghu) Chandrasekaran, E-Hands Energy

Saturday October 14th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Raghuraman (Raghu) Chandrasekaran, Founder E-Hands Energy Location: Chennai, India “Who cares for the poor anyway?” Along the Himalayan border of India, site of the 1962 Sino-Indian border conflict, lie rural villages which Raghuraman Chandrasekaran has ventured into many times. The founder of E-Hands Energy, which brings hybrid solar and wind energy to rural Indian villages,… […]

Interview with Vishnu Raghunathan, Lytyfy

Friday October 13th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Vishnu Raghunathan, CEO & Co-Founder, Lytyfy Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia “You have to really find quality products in a market which can be unfair.” After college, Vishnu Raghunathan and S. Deepak Kumar spent more than two years working for the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society, a government programme in India’s rural Bihar province. The experience… […]

Lytyfy: Solar home systems in rural India

Thursday August 24th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Interview with Vishnu Raghunathan CEO & Co-Founder at Lytyfy “The appeal of the product is there only if the financing is there. So we decided to group the product with the financing.” After college, Vishnu Raghunathan and S. Deepak Kumar spent more than two years working for the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society, a government… […]

Smart Villages News 144 – Mixed Fortunes In Indian Sub-Continent and Fossil Fuel …

Sunday August 20th, 2017 - Smart Villages

    Letters to the editor We welcome submissions to this newsletter, including comment pieces from our readers. Join the conversation! Get in touch Dear Subscriber, On the anniversary of Partition, mixed fortunes are apparent in the renewables sector for India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. In India, while the debate over the role of fossil fuels… […]

Profile: Vishnu Raghunathan, Lytyfy – Winner, India

Sunday July 2nd, 2017 - Smart Villages

What is your off-grid energy business? Can you give a brief overview? How long have you been working on this business? Lytyfy addresses the twin issues of last mile service delivery of off grid products and end user financing. We believe that these are the two main factors that prevent adoption of off grid energy… […]

Profile: Deepak Kumar, Lytyfy – Winner, India

- Smart Villages

What is your off-grid energy business? Can you give a brief overview? How long have you been working on this business? Lytyfy is a clean energy financing company which helps low and middle income customers to buy good quality solar products and service with flexible financing options. We are trying to increase the adoption of… […]

Profile: Shyam Patra, Naturetech – Winner, India

- Smart Villages

Describe an overview of your organization and highlight the vision you see way forward? Naturetech Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. is a social enterprise building model villages based on holistic approach to rural development centered on smart solar AC micro grid infrastructure. Naturetech microgrids power village street lights, households, schools, water pumps and its grids can be… […]

Profile: Arpan Mukhopadhyay , Naturetech – Winner, India

- Smart Villages

  Brief biography Arpan Mukhopadhyay is a design engineer looking into the smart metering aspects of smart village initiatives of Naturetech Infra.  He is a newly passed out   post graduate and is passionate about development of the weaker sections of society and protection of environment using technology. He  did his M.Tech in Power Electronics and… […]

Svati Bhogle, social entrepreneur and founder, Sustaintech

Thursday May 11th, 2017 - Kristina Cvitko

Svati Bhogle, social entrepreneur and founder, Sustaintech Location: Bangalore, India “Grow, but don’t spread yourselves too thin.” How long do you blend tea leaves with milk? Should you brew the tea for a shorter few minutes after that, or turn the gas off? When Svati Bhogle, a chemical engineer by training, went from one of… […]

Smart Villages in India

Brian Heap talks with Ashok Mangotra, former Joint Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). They discuss the Indian government’s aim to electrify all villages by the year 2020. Since 80% of energy in rural areas still comes from biomass – how will the transition to clean… […]