Harish Hande is an engineer and social entrepreneur working with underserved communities. He is the co-founder of SELCO whose interventions have impacted more than 800,000 poor households across 6 Indian states. We caught up with him a couple of weeks ago to reflect on the relevance of sustainable energy during the Covid pandemic and after.
"Sustainable energy will play a much stronger role than before. For rural areas to be able to cope with Covid, we are going to need to decentralize health services in many parts of the world. For that, we need high efficiency equipment and reliable access to energy. Rural health access is only going to happen through sustainable energy, and through efficient ventilators, efficient baby warmers, efficient oxygen cylinders. It is much more cost effective among other things."