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    Lighting up India’s off-grid communities

     

    June 17, 2020

     

    Signify and South Pole are working to bring light to off-grid communities in India.
     

    Ever wondered what it’s like to live in an off-grid community? Try switching off all your lights in your home and unplug everything. On second thought, don’t do that. It’s dangerous… And that’s the point.
     

    Without light and electricity, there are hidden dangers. Dangers from what you can’t see and dangers when resorting to candles and kerosene. In many respects, normal life grinds to a halt after dark in off-grid communities.

     

    But Signify and South Pole, leading project developer and provider of global climate action solutions, are working to change those circumstances and bring light to off-grid communities in India.

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    Photo courtesy of South Pole

    Lighting the night in Gumla district


    India is modernizing rapidly, but to keep up with growing energy needs, the country needs more investment in clean energy technologies. In Gumla district, for example, more than 500,000 people lack access to electricity.
     

    After sunset everything shuts down. People stay inside. Shops close and children study by the light from kerosene lamps. The necessities that we take for granted are denied to these communities.

    Bringing light to them catalyzes a full transformational journey towards employment, better health and improved overall wellbeing"

    Bringing light to them is not just about covering their basic needs. It catalyzes a full transformational journey towards employment, better health and improved overall wellbeing. Through this project we’re able to help people who wouldn’t normally be served by a commercial energy company.
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    Photo courtesy of South Pole

    How the project works


    The Gumla project develops renewable energy power plants using hybrid sources of Solar PV. Generating power from an off-grid system avoids burning fossil fuels and thereby reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Each solar panel is expected to last 25 years, at which point new solar panels will be provided, ensuring project continuity.
     

    Watch the video below to see how Signify and South Pole are working “to unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world” in Gumla district.

    South Pole video

    About the author:

    Maria Baskouta

    Maria Baskouta

     

    Sustainability Professional

    For further information, please contact:

    Signify Global Integrated Communications
    Neil Pattie
    Tel: + 31 6 15 08 48 17
    Email: neil.pattie@signify.com

    About Signify

     

    Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals and consumers and lighting for the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact connected lighting systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. With 2020 sales of EUR 6.5 billion, we have approximately 37,000 employees and are present in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We achieved carbon neutrality in 2020, have been in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index since our IPO for four consecutive years and were named Industry Leader in 2017, 2018 and 2019. News from Signify is located at the Newsroom, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors can be found on the Investor Relations page.

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