Image: Greg Barker MP, UK with Gyanesh Pandey, Husk Power, India/ Photo credit: The Ashden Awards
The Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy recognized Husk Power Systems last week for its work in rural electrification and empowerment in Bihar, India. To date, the company has set up 65 rice husk based power generation plants, which serve over 25,000 households in one of the poorest regions of India. Acumen is thrilled for Husk Power, and we enthusiastically join the team in celebrating this well-deserved honor.
The company lives by the Sankrit slogan, ‘Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya’ or ‘From darkness to light,’ In this spirit, the team has made it its mission to lead a revolution in electrification, helping the low-income people of Bihar out of the oppressive cycle of poverty by lighting their lives. In the process, the company has provided employment to over 300 people from the local area, redefined the idea of frugal engineering, and is in the process of setting up ‘Husk Power University’, a facility to provide formal education and training to operators and mechanics who are from the communities that the company serves. And the company is just getting started!
While the team provides electricity over 130 villages without breaking a sweat, I assure you this is no easy task. Congratulations are due to the hardworking team on the ground at Husk Power Systems. Gyanesh, Ratnesh, Manoj, Rama, Satish, Alok, Puneet, Mario…here’s to you!
Karthik Chandrasekar is a Portfolio Manager in Acumen’s India office.