Social Enterprise Husk Power Brightens Villages in India
A small but fast-growing off-grid electricity social enterprise called Husk Power Systems is based in Bihar, India. It has created an innovative system to turn rice husks into electricity that is reliable, eco-friendly and affordable for families that can only afford to spend $2 a month for power. The company has 65 power units that serve a total of 30,000 households, and they are currently installing about 1 to 3 new systems each week. Husk Power has combined many incremental improvements to create a new technology with the potential for dramatic scale. The company expects to have 200 systems by the end of 2011, each serving a small village or village cluster. It’s goal is to have 2,014 units serving millions of clients by the end of 2014. One of the founders of the company grew up in a village in Bihar that lacked electricity, and he vowed to do something about it.