Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) and Verizon Data Services India have come together to take solar technology to rural Telangana. IIT Madras, in collaboration with Southern Power Distribution Company of Telangana Limited (TSSPDCL) and Rural Electrification Corporation took up this project to provide uninterrupted power using solar technology to 300 households spread across four hamlets in rural Telangana.
IIT Madras developed this Solar Technology, which was technology transferred to and commercialized by Cygni Energy Private limited, an IIT Madras-incubated firm, which also carried out the installations. Verizon provided financial assistance of Rs. 75 lakh under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for this project.
Ramunigundla Thanda, Kesya Thanda, Jogi Thanda and Mantriya Thanda are four rural hamlets of Devarakonda Mandal in Nalgonda district, Telangana. Predominantly dependent upon paddy and cotton farming for livelihoods, the hamlets are about 100kms from Hyderabad, located on Nagarjunsagar Road near Mallepalli.