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$130 Duron Solar System Powers Rural Indian Homes

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On January 13, 2010 @ 12:25 pm In Design,Environment,humanitarian design,News,Social Design,social responsibility,Solar Power | 2 Comments

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If you only made between $400 and $4,000 a year in income and didn’t have easy access to electricity, what would you do? For many rural Indians, the answer is the Duron [1], a $130 solar home power system [2] that allows users to generate and store solar energy [3], charge gadgets and appliances, and run LED lights [4].

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The Duron, which is manufactured by a company of the same name, comes with a 5 watt solar panel [5], a cell phone charger connection, three LED lights, and an AC grid charger. When the system is fully charged — a process that takes a day of soaking up sunlight — it can power three hours of bright lighting or 10 hours of dim lighting.

So far, Duron’s customers have included schools [6] and small businesses that rely on consistent access to electricity to do their work. The company sells a few thousand devices each month, but that number is expected to grow as Duron scales up its efforts. With a virtually endless supply of people who could use the device (3 billion people live without reliable access to power), we have no doubt that Duron will be successful.

+ Duron [7]

Via Earth2Tech [8]

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URLs in this post:

[1] Duron: http://www.duronenergy.com/product_info/

[2] solar home power system: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/06/enviromission-plans-massive-solar-updraft-towers-for-arizona/

[3] solar energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/solar-power/

[4] LED lights: http://www.inhabitat.com/tag/led/

[5] solar panel: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/11/09/indias-barefoot-solar-engineers-are-building-a-brighter-future/

[6] schools: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/11/16/forest-classroom-receives-high-marks-in-the-uk/

[7] + Duron: http://www.duronenergy.com

[8] Earth2Tech: http://earth2tech.com/2010/01/13/duron-how-to-sell-plug-play-solar-to-rural-india/

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