Eradication of Darkness Blog Authors
Manik started his career in Indian Army and attained the rank of Major before deciding to embark on his civilian career. He joined SunEdison India in 2010 because the idea of providing solar power was interesting to him and stable power is a constant issue in India. He first visited Meerwada in early 2011 with SunEdison Rural Team. When he saw the possibilities of this program and how much it could impact the life of people he was hooked. He's been to Meerwada countless time and he's proud to call the resident's his friends. He wants to spend rest of his life bringing light to remote and rural areas of the world.
Although Dawn has travelled to six continents around the world she has never been to India. As a result it caught her to be suprise to be so passionate about the program to help people she had never met who live half way around the world from her. "When I first heard the things that most excited the residants about getting electricity, the marketer in me wanted to probe for a bigger story until I realised how big these seemingly simple conviniences are", she said. "While my friends and I complained when we can't get a parking space close to the grocery store, these are people who have to walk one to two for drinking water in blistering heat everyday. My hope in being involved in this program is that we can bring together the right people, funding and expertise to eradicate darkness once and for all."
While working at a management consulting firm in New York, Vartika conducted an extensive study on the potential of solar power and came back to join SunEdison's India team in 2010. She was one of our first employees in India. Being a part of the start-up operations, she wore various hats from marketing to business development to land procurement. One such trips to identify power solutions for residents in rural areas took her to Guna - that trip became a life changer and she committed to become a part of our 'Eradication of Darkness' team. "When we first switched on the lights in Meerwada, it was magical. I jumped with joy to see my own shadow.. and it struck me, to be able to see your shadow after dark is a huge thing. Now people have TVs, they want to download songs, get new motors.. the possibilities are endless and this is just the beginning. My hope and dream is to be able to replicate this magic hundreds and thousands of times and see a world where there is no darkness, after dark."
About The Blog
The purpose of this blog is to document and share our efforts to bring electricity to rural areas of India. In this part of world 400 million people currently do not access to electricity, 40% of households in India are in rural areas, and 25% of the world's poor live in this area. Follow our efforts to increase safety, communication, education, productivity and improve lives.