Schneider Electric Lights-up Remote Village in Pakistan with ‘Mobiya’ Solar Lamps
Dubai (UAE), 29 November, 2016 – Schneider Electric, a global leader in energy management and automation, lately distributed 72 Mobiya solar lamps to Dhoor Gadhro village in Thar, Pakistan, in collaboration with non-profit organisation AWARE.
Located 70 kms from the nearest electrical grid, Dhoor Gadhro remains disconnected from the mainline electric supply. The villagers previously used kerosene oil lamps – an expensive commodity and a serious fire hazard to the straw huts – to power their daily activities.
To address this challenge with a convenient solution, Schneider Electric, in partnership with AWARE, provided the village with Mobiya lamps. The lamp runs autonomously from an associated solar panel and includes a USB port that charges phones and other devices. This innovation has enabled a much better quality of life and created social and economic development opportunities for the residents. Mobiya has helped the village become safer, more efficient, and better connected.
Benoit Dubarle, President – Gulf Countries, Pakistan and East Mediterranean at Schneider Electric, said: “Schneider Electric’s mobile solar offering has changed the way of life at Dhoor Gadhro. Villagers no longer have to end work after dusk, children can continue studying through the evening, and even the livestock are much safer. The renewable energy innovation has not only successfully illuminated and powered this village, but presents opportunities for its long-term growth and sustainable development.”
Schneider Electric’s community engagement in Pakistan is part of the company’s BipBop (using Business, Innovation, People to provide energy access at the Base of the Pyramid) programme. Schneider Electric has enabled more than 2.4 million people who previously did not have access to electricity to benefit from reliable, affordable and clean energy. Through this Access to Energy programme, the company’s solar solutions offer safe, reliable, and sustainable power to off-grid areas around the world. In fact, in order to encourage emerging talent, Schneider Electric has invested in 12 start-ups that are developing innovative access to energy solutions.
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