A mass of 100,000 students from 100 schools across India will light solar lamps to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and also the ongoing diamond jubilee of IIT-Bombay, on October 2nd. This initiative under the workshop of IIT-B has been named Solar Urja through Localisation for Sustainability (SoULs) that can qualify for a Guinness World Record.
Prof. Chetan Singh Solanki of IIT-B’s Department of Energy Science & Engineering told media that 5000 students who are being called Student Solar Ambassadors will assemble solar lamps to promote solar energy as a sustainable future. Another 100,000 students will follow suit from all over India. The solar lamp kits cost Rs 500 each but will be given to the participants for Rs 100 each as part of a Ministry of New and Renewable Energy programme. The SoULs has conducted several training programs for men and women in rural areas to sell and imbibe solar lamps as an alternative.
Prof. Solanki added that the world has to adopt 100 percent renewable energies to cope with the changing climate and rising global temperatures. India has committed to reducing carbon emission by 30-35 percent of 2005 levels in the Paris Climate Agreement. This will be done with installation of 100GW of renewable energy by 2022.
India has always been on the brighter side with solar insolation ranging from 4-7 KWh per square metre per day for over 325 days in a year that can be used to fulfil several domestic requirements and reduce dependency on fossil fuels.
The main motive behind the workshop is to incorporate all education boards to include hands-on training of solar lamps for all students in their curricula.