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Current Scenario
  • 289 million people in India lack access to electricity
  • 74 million rural households have no access to electricity and use kerosene for lighting
  • 2.2 billion litres per year kerosene burned for lighting (conservative estimate of 3 litres / household per month)
  • Approx 5.5 million tonnes CO2 emitted per year by burning of this kerosene (at 2.5 kg CO2 / litre)
About LaBL
Recognising the need to change the existing scenario, TERI, with its vision to work towards global sustainable development and its commitment towards creating innovative solutions for a better tomorrow, has undertaken the initiative of 'Lighting a Billion Lives' (LaBL) through the use of solar lighting devices.

LaBL facilitates setting up of solar enterprises in energy poor villages that offer clean lighting solutions to the local people. This initiative:
  • Provides reliable and clean illumination that advances education, health, & livelihood activities
  • Catalyzes rural solar market through creation of enhanced distribution network.
  • Equips local human resources with technical and managerial skill sets for operation & maintenance through training.
  • Replaces the use of polluting kerosene as a lighting fuel
LaBL Impact
  • Facilitates livelihood in villages
  • Productive hours in the evening with non-polluting, bright, and reliable lighting
  • Income generation for the entrepreneur and the trained repair service providers
  • Facilitates education in villages
  • Better illumination and additional hours for students to study
  • Facilitates health in villages
  • Solar lanterns being rented by village level Primary Health Centres
  • Facilitates bio-conservation
  • Solar lighting in villages within & around eco-reserves acts as incentive towards wildlife protection by providing alternative livelihood options
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To Donate
(1) You can sponsor one solar lantern by donating Rs 1500 or you could adopt an entire village by donating Rs 1,75,000
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(2) Call us on 0124 – 4928700 or 1800-102-6616 (toll free) - Powered by Bird Group

(3) SMS ‘GREEN’ to 56388

(4) Send a cheque/dd in favour of 'THE ENERGY & RESOURCES INSTITUTE’, payable at New Delhi and Mail to 'Greenathon, NDTV, Archana Complex, GK 1, New Delhi-48'

Disclaimer: This link shall direct you to the TERI website where you can make donations. All donation amounts are directly credited to TERI’s account. The role of NDTV is that of a facilitator between the intending donors and TERI, and NDTV is promoting the TERI initiative on a best efforts basis and in good faith. All tax exemption certificates (where applicable) that needs to be issued to the donors under the relevant sections of the Income Tax Act shall be issued by TERI. All queries related to collection/utilization of funds donated by donors should be directed to TERI.
Green stat of the day
One Pet bottle can be recycled into bristles for 20 tooth brushes.