Xiaomi India announced its new mission, with the aim to empower five villages in the Palghar district of Maharashtra by providing them with effortless access to sustainable energy, in partnership with United Way India, a leading global philanthropy network.
The partnership's primary objective is to equip these villages with reliable, sustainable energy through Solar Photovoltaic (Solar PV) infrastructure. The initiative’s aim is to promote clean and renewable energy by setting up a sustainable solar grid system in villages, which in turn will provide a consistent and reliable electricity supply and enhance the quality of life for villagers.
Speaking about the partnership, Mr. Muralikrishnan B, President at Xiaomi India said, "At Xiaomi, we strive to create a brighter future for all, and we're proud to join hands with United Way India to turn that belief into a reality. Our solar electrification project is a step towards promoting green energy that is not only sustainable but also significantly reduces the impact on the environment.”
He further added, “Besides, our latest initiative will empower rural communities and create opportunities for growth. Through this partnership, we're committed to promoting sustainable solutions that benefit both society and the environment, and ultimately, to eradicate energy poverty in Palghar District."
Commenting on the collaboration, Jayanti Shukla, CEO, United Way India said, “Transformation of rural India by lighting up villages with solar power will not just impact homes, education, health, social security, and livelihood opportunities but also empower villagers to make this change sustainable to become self-sufficient. This is a perfect opportunity to give back to our community. We are delighted that Xiaomi is supporting us in this journey towards a self-reliant India with these interventions that work around our integrated community impact model and not just help to offset carbon emissions and keep the environment clean but also help in upliftment of the rural communities.”
For over 150 villages in Palghar and nearby districts of Mumbai and Pune, the problem of inadequate and unreliable electricity supply has been a longstanding issue. These extremely remote villages have frequent power outages of 6-10 hours each day. This deficit has had a significant impact on the quality of life for the residents including children, who are unable to access basic amenities, thus impeding economic growth.
By providing access to reliable and affordable electricity, this intervention will enable multiple efforts such as zero wood/zero fossil fuel cooking, clean water, sustainable agriculture, and the fulfilment of SDG goals leading to net-zero energy communities for over 1500 people.
The initiative also aims to provide green energy to nearly 150 homes and enable the provision of daily basic needs such as lighting for the children to read, write, and learn and 24x7 access to clean drinking water. Furthermore, the solar infrastructure will become the platform for livelihood activities and income generation, enabling solar-powered cold storage, solar-powered tailoring, and other income-generating activities.