Even though there are many renewable resources available to meet the demand of electricity but factors such as lack of awareness, faulty equipment, and erroneous installation methods play a spoil sport. This leaves us with no choice but to use the non-renewable forms of energy that are not enough to keep up with our energy demands. In such a scenario the use of solar panels and other more sustainable forms of energy is the most viable option. Hence, we must spread the word and encourage people to make full use of these renewable resources.

Moreover, use of solar energy is not only beneficial for the environment but the per unit cost of generating electricity via solar panels is found to be much lower than that of non-renewable forms of energy. An added advantage is that it provides free power and requires limited maintenance.


There is a school located approximately 40 km from Kanpur city in the historic (home to Nanarao Peshwa) Bithoor tehsil in the remote village of Kishunpur on the Bithoor-Shivrajpur road.

The school, with a total strength of 200 students was started by Mr. Ramkishan, a teacher from the Kishunpur Village. It originally operated from a rundown tin shed. Recognising its potential to better the lives of scores of students from nearby villages; Kanpur Heritage Round Table 125 (KHRT 125), an affiliate of Round Table India (RTI) - a renowned NGO engaged in the field of providing quality educational facilities to the underprivileged under the aegis of RTI's ‘Freedom Through Education’ project, took the responsibility of the promising school and undertook the construction of the school building. A society was formed comprising the members of KHRT 125 and the owner of the land. It was followed by giving the school building a face-lift and the new building was inaugurated in 2011 with a total strength of 605 students.

Over the years, the society has striven to upgrade the quality of education at this school by organising training workshops for the faculty to improve their quality of teaching. Also, for a considerable length of time the salaries of the teachers were boosted by contributions from members of KHRT 125 to ensure that the school charges nominal fees from the students and continues to remain accessible to the underprivileged. However, the nearest electricity pole is about half a kilometre away and in spite of sustained efforts by all concerned, an electricity connection is yet to find a way to the school and village. Lack of electricity is severely hindering effective functioning of the school as well as other underdeveloped areas.

The construction of a solar panel will resolve this issue and also succeed in bringing sustainable and energy-friendly electricity to an off-grid site. Lack of electricity makes it difficult for the classrooms to function as they do not get sufficient sunlight. The funds we raise will harness the power of the sun to light up the 10 classrooms and facilitate the use of fans and lights, which will in turn help in creating a more conducive learning environment. Moreover, at present the school does not have a water pump which compels the students to use a nearby local well that makes access to drinking water exhausting and time-consuming. Absence of running water not only makes clean water inaccessible but also hampers proper functioning of the toilets.  

The installation of a solar panel will provide power for a submersible pump that will resolve the problem of running water. Also, apart from providing basic electricity and drinking water, it will help create awareness about more renewable and sustainable ways of generating electricity in areas that do not have access to electricity grids as well. It will be ensured that the faculty and children are actively involved in the maintenance of the equipment. With the help of Loop Solar we will be installing a hybrid solar system designed to meet the requirements of an off-grid site.

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