Thursday, 15 September 2011

Start a Solar Lantern Business

(39) Start a Solar Lantern Business- Make Money, and Change Lives, by Lighting Rural India.




Make Money, and Change Lives, by Lighting Rural India.

“If you can serve developing markets with ultra-cheap, mass-produced goods, you’ll have access to massive profits while igniting economic development.”

Currently, one major business activity in rural developing India is to provide solar solutions to households and small businesses.

Solar Lantern in India are one of the most successful solar products in India as they provide economical value without requiring huge subsidies

As about 90 % of Indian who have need of electricity live in scattered small villages, it makes extending power lines more expensive than off-grid energy solutions

The Solar Lantern uses solar energy and helps reduce carbon emission. Solar Lanterns are environmental friendly and can be used even in remote villages where there is no electricity\

Solar lanterns are attractive because they can replace smoky, unsafe candles or kerosene lamps to give light after dark. Those solar lanterns have a small fluorescent or LED light with a rechargeable battery. Some lanterns have a small built-in PV module, and others are designed to be plugged into a PV module
for charging.
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How a solar lantern works?

A solar Lantern is made up of three main components –
-solar PV panel,
-storage battery and
-lamp.
When a solar lantern is exposed to light during daytime, the solar energy is converted to electrical energy by the solar cells and stored in the batteries. The charge control circuit prevents the batteries from getting overcharged. At night, the solar lantern will provide light for at least 3-4 hours.
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Cost of solar lanterns in India:

A simple lantern cost ranges from Rs.800/- to Rs.3500/- for the more sophisticated ones.
Some solar lanterns are cheap. But some solar lanterns in the market are expensive.
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Assembling a solar lantern at home :

This do it yourself solar lantern write up and video will enable you to just buy the parts mentioned and assemble a lantern in no time!
Materials required for assembling solar lantern:
• RC socket
• 159 diode
• 3 MM LED
• 4k 7 resistor
• 6 volt 4.6 amp battery
• Wires
• Screws
• Housing frame
• Aluminum coated plate.
• PVC
• Solar lantern ON/OFF switch
• Solar panel
• LED strip pack
• Mobile on off switch (optional)
• Mobile charging circuit (optional
The above mentioned components are available in the Electronic market.
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Manufacturers of solar lanterns in India

I am giving below the urls of some of the manufacturing companies:
http://www.oorjasolar.com/F10365/solar_lanterns.html
http://www.kumaar.com/solar.htm
http://www.greenlightplanet.com/?gclid=CNqhvLy1k6UCFcV66wodkmY3Mg
http://www.ledsolar.in/
http://www.tradeindia.com/manufacturers/indianmanufacturers/solar-lanterns.html
http://www.solarcraft.co.in/solar-lantern.htm
There are many more manufacturers and several thousand wholesalers and retailers:
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Benefits of solar lanterns in India:

Solar Lanterns are designed to offer the lives residing in rural areas a ray of hope. Ideal for children to read and write, portable light for farmers to go about their daily rituals after sunset, light for women to brighten up their dwellings.
Solar Lanterns also suffice the urban need of emergency lighting, decorative outdoor lighting and their use as night lamps. It lights more than a kerosene lamp and leaves no carbon emissions.
Solar lanterns use LED lamps that are environment friendly and leave no carbon emissions. They are highly durable lamps having a longer life than a bulb or CFL. Moreover solar lanterns increase living standards, enhance education.
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