Mumbai kids to light-up this Diwali with solar lanterns

solar lanterns

Diwali, the festival of light is the biggest and indeed the brightest festival in India. The lights brighten the surroundings that signify the victory of light over darkness. But the pollution and the increased electricity bills become a major concern for the people after the festival. Considering the problem, three kids from Thane, Mumbai came up with an Eco-friendly idea, that retains the beauty of the festival too.

14 year old Muskan Tuttan and her friends, Shardul Datar and Parth Shinde came up with the idea of using solar lanterns, when someone in their class was discussing about the pollution during the festival caused by the crackers and increased electricity bills because of the lights.

My favorite part of Diwali has been the lights on my window grills. However, when someone in our class spoke about the harm to the environment through this, we thought of coming up with a solution, said Muskan.

They came up with models of miniature solar panels connected to the outer surface of lanterns and inside diyas. The panels absorb the heat and light from the sun’s rays and shine through the connected LED bulbs. There are batteries in each device that will save up energy and last for eight to ten hours.

The battery used in each item has a life of around 25 years. While the same decorations can be used for other festivals or home functions, the miniature solar panel can also be connected to electronic gadgets like mobile phones, tablets and music players to get them charged. The load of energy consumption, both in the household and the government, could hopefully reduce a bit, said their teacher, Purushottam Pachpande.

Their teacher, Purushottam Pachpande helped them in the project. He ordered miniature solar panels from China since regular solar panels are very costly. The efforts and the environmental concern showed by these children is really commendable. Let us hope that this Diwali spreads the positive vibes all around by initiating good Eco-friendly practices.


Image Credit: easyday


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