Claro Energy will be installing a 1 MW rooftop solar panel project in Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Gwalior and Jabalpur. This will add to their already impressive footprint in India, where they've installed more than 6000 solar pumps across 16 states.
Claro Energy's Kartik Wahi sat down with Rural Marketing to discuss his company's progress, challenges, plans and impact. Their solar pumps change lives—farmers using them grow a larger variety of in-demand crops, see much higher profits, and have more control over their power supply.
In six years, Claro Energy has installed over 3000 off-grid solar pump systems in over eleven states across India, making them one of the front runners in the solar industry today. Their success means that 12,000 more acres of land is under irrigation, which has improved the lives of 100,000 people.
Claro Energy's Kartik Wahi will offer an electricity access expert’s perspective, and provide lessons from the ground in India by speaking on a panel titled "Project Implementation: What is the reality on the ground? Gap between assumptions and reality" at the LVDC Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.
The area most ripe for immediate collaboration is solar irrigation, which is already scaling rapidly in India. Husk Power Systems, Futurepump and Claro Energy are building commercial bridges between the two regions.
Claro Energy has either deployed or is managing about 6,500 solar pumping systems in 15 Indian states, and expects to increase that to as many as 15,000 by March 2018. "Everyone is realizing that solar pumps make sense for both the end-user as well as state governments."
Cheap irrigation from solar-powered pumps made by Claro Energy enables farmers to water their crops more frequently, save money on irrigation, and reap higher yields of both paddy and wheat. Use of these pumps also allows them to plant staple crops on most of their land, even in drought years.
Claro Energy, a Delhi-based organization founded in January 2011, is providing solar-powered water pumping solutions to meet agricultural irrigation, aeration, fisheries and drinking water needs in off-grid areas. The company has spread to 14 states and installed over 2,200 pump sets.
Claro Energy discusses their plans to launch a low-cost on-demand pay-as-you-go irrigation service in India using solar trolley systems to cut irrigation costs in half. This project has been selected for a 2015 Powering Agriculture Award.
A milk chiller run on manure. A sun-powered pond aerator. These are some of the creative ideas that could change the game for the world’s poorest farmers.
An Indian company has featured among the 13 finalists for an international agriculture innovation competition here in the United States. Claro Energy has been selected for its low-cost pay-per-use irrigation using solar trolley system.