TERI in association with Noida based NGO, Gyan Shakti Vidyalaya, has distributed solar-powered LED lanterns to the under-privileged children of Yamuna Kahder, a spread between Noida & Chilla.
Identifying the potential of solar energy to improve the living conditions of the poor households in India, TERI developed the Lighting a Billion Lives (LaBL) project in February 2008. Since its launch, LaBL has illuminated around 30,000 households spread over 550 villages across 15 Indian States. Solar lanterns are recharged at a village solar charging station and rented out to the villagers at a daily nominal cost. These charging stations, while ensuring quality services at affordable rate, also provide green jobs to local people who manage these stations; besides helping reduce consumption of subsidized kerosene substantially.