Solar bus reaches Kolkata to spread awareness on solar energy

Mahatma Gandhi famously said “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” The world today is grappling with the aftermath of the pandemic and the honourable Prime Minister has emphasised  Atmanirbhar Bharat and #VocalforLocal. The idea of Energy Swaraj is a simple yet powerful concept in providing  energy  supply to individuals, energy security for the country,livelihood creation, and  mitigating climate change at the same time. With this purview, Energy Swaraj Yatra is being  undertaken to promote the Atmanirbharta in energy or Energy by locals, Energy Swaraj as we call it.

Crossing the length & the breadth of the country, talking to people, training people in solar, demonstrating solar viability, reaching millions of people, the yatra encompasses all. Energy Swaraj Yatra is an 11-year commitment made by Professor Chetan Singh Solanki and the Energyy Swaraj Foundation’s team to bring a philosophical understanding and practical acceptance in society, at large, for the adoption of solar solutions in a disciplined mariner for fulfilling 100% energy needs. The purpose of the yatra is to bring large-scale actionable awareness through training demonstration through the solar bus. During the span of the entire 11 years, Prof. Solanki will be living in the solar bus itself.

The yatra, as expected, will be the seed for creating a public movement for the adoption solar energy solutions on a very large scale,sufficient to mitigate climate change. The Energy Swarai yatra was flagged-off by Hon. Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on 26th November 2020. To date, the Energy Swaraj Yatra has been going for 473 days, covering almost 9,000 km and reaching out to 46,000 people.


The yatra is expected to cover about 704 km across 28 Indian States, over 5000 to over 1000 exhibitions, basic training of 100,000 people, and planting 100,000 saplings. During 11 years, the yatra will criss-cross the country about 5 to 6 times.

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