SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SOLUTIONS FOR RURAL POOR CUSTOMERS.
Empowering marginalized rural farmers to break the poverty cycle by achieving financial and energy sustainability
Enabling the production of high value, off season crops made possible by irrigation technology and horticulture training
Replacing carbon-emitting diesel and coal dependent grid electricity with renewable, nonpolluting solar
Simple, Income-Generating, & Radically Affordable
Affordable Village Solar was founded to develop clean energy solutions that help raise rural poor farmers out of poverty through increased income opportunities. Its first product is a solar-powered irrigation system that displaces carbon emitting, expensive-to-operate diesel pumps, enabling farmers to grow high value, off season horticulture crops.
AVS has partnered with world class engineers to design a system that has radically reduced the cost of solar irrigation pumping by 80%.
From November 2014 – June 2015, AVS field tested solar pumping systems in Gujarat, India on agricultural and salt farms and gathered systematic data on actual usage. The technology proved successful and farmers were able to drastically improve their income.
By utilizing radically affordable and sustainable irrigation systems, many farmers are able to harvest high-value horticultural crops during the dry season without diesel pumps, increasing the family income by up to 80%.
ADDITIONAL APPLICATIONS: SALT FARMING
Gujarat produces 70% of India’s salt and is a major source of income for thousands of rural poor families. Brine water is pumped from the ground and as the water evaporates, salt is harvested. The use of AVS’s solar system to pump brine water eliminates reliance on diesel fuel, which typically represents two-thirds of the production cost of the salt.