1 Million Solar Urja Lamp Program

The Million SoUL Program was a pilot program to test the ‘LAS model’ in the speedy diffusion of the solar technology in the remote, rural areas. The program was initiated by the IIT Bombay with major funding provided by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and other philanthropic partners. One Million SoULs were distributed in four Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Odisha, covering 23 districts, 97 blocks and more than 10,900 villages. There were 54 Assembly and Distribution centers and 350 Repair and Maintenance centers in operation, with training provided to 1,409 local people. While implementation of this program, 7,35,000 lamps were distributed in just 9 months between July 2014 to March 2015, while remaining 2,65,000 lamps in 4.5 months, i.e. from November 2015 to March 2016. MSP has focused on reaching most marginalized population, as amongst its intervention blocks 77 percent were Tribal Blocks (as defined by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs), while 83 percent were educationally backward blocks, EBBs (as defined by Ministry of Human Resource and Development).