A Mumbai-based social enterprise recently launched first-of-its-kind solar diyas in the market.
The ‘Solar Magic Diya’ by KitetechEnterprises, consists of a clay diya, a solar panel to absorb sunlight and a battery to store the energy.
Rashmi Bothra, the founder of Kitetech Enterprises, said, “These diyas runs on solar energy and eliminate the use of oil and wick, thus saving tonnes of oil during the festival, while harnessing the renewable solar energy.”
Bothra said the diyas take around four to five hours to charge. “After charging, they work for up to six hours. The diyas last for two years. They are completely eco-friendly.”
There are 20 varieties of solar diyas in different designs made of clay and glass. “The use of diyas is no longer limited to Diwali as they are used for various occasions throughout the year. We are trying to experiment with materials such as starch and leaves to manufacture these diyas,” she said.
Bothra said around 10,000 pieces of solar diyas have been manufactured this year and 80% of them have already been sold. “We conducted workshops in production for women self-help groups, several schools for the differently-abled and also for rural women and youth so that they can start their own production lines. Over 200 people are already working with us,” she said.
News Source: The Times Of India