SunEdison Announces Eradication of Darkness Program Using Solar Power To Bring
Electricity To Villages In India
NEW DELHI, May 30, 2012
NEW DELHI, May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --SunEdison, a leading worldwide solar
energy services provider and subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc.
(NYSE: WFR), announced today a rural electrification program called
Eradication of Darkness. Through the program, SunEdison will design, install
and manage distributed-generation solar power plants, to provide energy to
Indian villages that have never before had access to electricity.
According to the United Nations, one in five people in the world do not have
electricity. Over 400,000 of these people live in India. Lack of electricity
limits education and economic opportunities and makes populations more
vulnerable to sickness and famine. The SunEdison Eradication of Darkness
Program aims to address this situation.
"This program is making electricity accessible to citizens in India who have
never dreamt of having it in their homes or workplaces. We have the
opportunity to improve standards of living by enabling sustainable changes in
the lifestyles, health, education and community affairs of thousands of
people," said Ahmad Chatila, President and Chief Executive Officer of MEMC.
"We are excited to be the catalyst for this kind of remarkable
The program will be implemented in stages. There are 29 villages in the Guna
District that have been identified for the next phase. Appropriate financial
and other partners are being sought to electrify these remote communities.
Solar Leadership in India
SunEdison has become a solar power leader in India with over 50 MW of
interconnected solar electricity in India today. The company's projects range
from small rooftop installations to South Asia's largest solar field in
Gujarat. Also in Gujarat, the company recently completed an innovative 1 MW
project suspended over the Narmada Canal. This project is conserving drinking
water while producing clean energy.
More Than an Engineering Project
"As challenging as logistics are in rural electrification, it is important
that residents have a voice in the development, deployment and management of a
solution," said Pashupathy Gopalan, Managing Director, South Asia and
Sub-Saharan Operations, SunEdison. "We have worked very hard to understand
their needs and provide education about the possibilities of electricity. We
believe education is one ofthe most important aspects to ensuring the
SunEdison recently completed the installation of a 14-kilowatt solar energy
plant in Meerwada, India that is supplying electricity to 400 villagers.
Before this project was implemented residents walked three kilometers for
drinking water, and kerosene lamps were the only source of lighting. SunEdison
personnel spent weeks with residents selecting the optimal site for the power
plant, providing safety education, and establishing a council that will
maintain and protect the system from vandalism or theft.
MEMC/SunEdison designed and engineered the Meerwada project in 2011 as a
pilot-case for rural electrification. The additional 29 planned villages in
the Guna District are expected to be funded through a combination of
government grants and private funds from other investors and corporations.
Implementing the next 29 villages is intended to test and develop a successful
business model that will enable the electrification of even more villages
around the world.
"The day-to-day challenges faced by people who do not have electricity are
beyond imagination to many of us," Chatila continued. "Being able to improve
people's lives is an honor, and we are committed to continuing this effort in
collaboration with the people of India."
Learn more about the SunEdison Eradication of Darkness Program:
SunEdison is a global leader in delivering solar power. The company develops,
finances, installs and operates distributed power plants using proven
photovoltaic technologies, delivering fully managed, predictably priced solar
energy services for its commercial, government and utility customers. In 2011
SunEdison interconnected approximately 300 Megawatts of solar throughout the
world. For more information about SunEdison please visit www.sunedison.com
MEMC is a global leader in the manufacture and sale of wafers and related
intermediate products to the semiconductor and solar industries. The company
has been a pioneer in the design and development of silicon wafer technologies
for over 50 years. With R&D and manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Europe
and Asia, MEMC enables the next generation of high-performance semiconductor
devices and solar cells. Through its SunEdison division, MEMC is also a
developer of solar power projects and North America's largest solar energy
services provider. MEMC's common stock is listed on the New York Stock
Exchange under the symbol "WFR". For more information about MEMC please visit
SOURCE MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc.
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