Prime Minister lauds TERI’s energy entrepreneur Noor Jahan
On the monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ PM Narendra Modi praised the efforts of Noor Jahan. Speaking about her work as an energy entrepreneur in the bylanes of rural Kanpur, Noor Jahan, a 70-year-old grandmother was set forth as an epitome by the PM in meeting the challenges of climate change that plague the world presently. In 2012 Noor Jahan was identified and trained by TERI under the aegis of its ‘Lighting a Billion Lives’ campaign (LaBL) to manage and operate a solar charging station of 50 lanterns. As part of the business model, these lanterns were to be rented out on a monthly basis (per use rent model) at Rs 100, ensuring a steady stream of income of up to Rs 2000 for Noor Jahan and a clean source of lighting to her fellowmen.
The ‘Lighting a Billion Lives Campaign’ has covered more than 3000 villages across 24 states in India since it began operations in 2008.
Since 2012, 247 villages have been covered across Uttar Pradesh under this project, where solar charging stations and solar micro-grids have been installed and commissioned to benefit more than 60,000 lives.