Gadhia Solar Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd.

Mission

Gadhia Solar was formed to fulfill the mission of the NGO Eco Center ICNEER toprotect environment and as a part of it it worked on Solar Cookers and developed various solar cookers in co-op with inventros like dr Dieter Seifert and Mr Wolfgang Scheffler and indeginised and commercialsied them. It is a social enterprise and part of the profit goes to Eco Center ICNEER to help continue its mission.

Organization Type Private Industry

Contact Information

Primary Contact
Mr. Deepak Gadhia
deepak_gadhia@yahoo.com
Secondary Contact
Mr. Badal Shah
badal@gadhia-solar.com
Address Plot Nr 86
Old GIDC Gundlav
Valsad, Valsad 396035, Gujarat State, INDIA
396035
India
Website www.gadhia-solar.com
Phone 0091-2632-236703
Fax 0091-2632-237408
Calling/Fax Instructions It is a tele-fax so when trying to fax some one will pick the phone so ask for fax tone and they will switch on the fax

Our Focus

Primary Initiatives, Target Populations, and Scope of Work:

Gadhia Solar has commercalised several type of Solar Cookers in India and has done pioneering work in these field and manufactures Sk 10 and SK 14 Dmoestic Parabolic Solar Cookers, Scheffler Community Solar Cooker and Instititutional Solar Cookers.

It has to its Credit the Wolrds largest solar cooker that cooks 30,000 meals per day at a Temple in S. India and has received many awards and recognition for its work.

The use of Solar Cookers have brought visible change in the life of the users as they are not exposed to the smoke in the kitchen and also eased the life as now the ladies dont have to go to Forest to collect wood.

Fuels/Technologies: Biogas
Biomass
Solar
Sectors of Experience: Energy
Environment
Renewable Energy
Rural Development
Small Business
Other
Enterpreneul development and technolgy transfer
Countries of Operation: Algeria

Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas

Social/Cultural barriers to using traditional fuels and stoves:

The biggest solcial barrier for the people has been the affordibility as Solar Cookers are investment that they cannot afford and even if micro-financed they say they would like to buy a cycle or TV but not spend little money theyhave for Solar Cookeer. The reason they state is that ful wood is free for them so why should they spend on Solar Cooker.

Thus income generation is something that attracts them.


Market development for improved cooking technologies:

Gadhia Solar has helped Eco Center ICNEER to start Smoke-free village concept in which the solar cookers are micro-financed to reach the rural population who cannot afford it otherwise. BUT the biggest difference has been that they were promoted as income geenration tool and it was only that which made the difference as now people have to pay from their profits and not from their pockets.

Another postive outcome was that the women who started with use of Solar cookers only for income generation relaised the value ot time and now instead of seraching of fuel for cooking for few hours every day have also started using the solar cookers for their own cooking.


Technology standardization for cooking, heating and ventilation:

We reliased the Solar Cookers should not only be functional but also meet peoples expectations of
quick cooking
cooking of all items and if possible
cooking in comforts of kitchen and
cooking with solar at night


Indoor air pollution exposure and health monitoring:

We have found cluster approach to be most effective way of monitoring with help of Self Help Groups

Relevant Publications or Studies

pls see in google gadhia+solar and you will notice we have made hundreds of presentations not only in India but across the world

Our Contribution to the Partnership

Sharing
Learning
Helping with Advociacy
Helping with training