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Solar Powered Digital Library: An Energy Efficient ICT Lab Solution for Government Schools

Image showing A solar-powered digital library, an energy-efficient ICT lab solution by iDream Education, designed for government schools as part of social sector education initiatives.

The Ministry of Education’s (MoE) recent School Innovation Contest brought to light the incredible potential of young minds across India. Among the standout innovations was the “Anytime Education” device, a solar-powered learning device. The device is developed by students of Excel Public School, Mysuru. Through this device, students aim to bridge the digital divide in education and provide uninterrupted delivery of education. This is particularly true for those residing in remote locations. This project, recognized as one of the top 20 in the contest, is a testament to the government’s commitment to empowering youth by providing opportunities for learning and growth.

More than just an accolade, the “Anytime Education” device shines a spotlight on the infrastructural challenges faced by many rural schools. 

The students’ ingenuity in creating a solar-powered solution demonstrates their keen awareness of these issues. Their dedication to bridging the digital divide is inspiring and we applaud their forward-thinking approach.

The success of this student-led project is a wake-up call for us all. 

It’s a reminder that the need for innovative solutions to address the infrastructure gaps in remote schools is more pressing than ever. Unreliable electricity, limited familiarity with technology, limited/no internet, and limited access to educational resources are common obstacles.  

But as we’ve seen, innovation can flourish even in the face of adversity.

We have been working hand-in-hand with the social sector to empower government schools. Our tablet, notebook, chromebook-based digital libraries are making a difference by eliminating the need for continuous electricity, internet, space, and more. Considering the need for energy efficiency solutions in government schools located in remote regions, we are now setting up solar-powered digital libraries. This adaptable solution is designed to overcome the challenges of rural schools, ensuring that no student is left behind in the digital age.

Solar-powered digital library: An Energy Efficient solution addresses two critical challenges simultaneously:

The lack of reliable electricity and the urgent need for sustainable practices 

By partnering with organizations such as R2V2, we equip rural households and schools with solar panels. This reduces the financial burden on our implementing partners while empowering them to actively participate in enabling education. These initiatives will not only ensure uninterrupted access to educational resources through our digital libraries but also foster an environmentally responsible approach to learning. 

In essence, our solar-powered digital libraries exemplify a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) partnership that seamlessly integrates education and environmental consciousness, creating a brighter, more sustainable future for students across India.

How Solar-Powered Digital Libraries Are a Sustainable Choice for CSR Education Initiatives?

Illustration showing the benefits of solar-powered digital libraries for CSR education initiatives

Hardware Benefits:

  • Energy Efficiency & Cost Savings: Solar power eliminates reliance on grid electricity or generators, reducing operational costs and carbon emissions.
  • Multi-Device Charging: Digital Libraries charge tablets, notebooks, or Chromebooks simultaneously, maximizing the impact of a single solar unit.
  • Simplified ICT Labs: Replaces complex hardware setups with a portable, easy-to-use charging rack, making it ideal for schools with limited infrastructure.
  • Long Battery Life: Devices can be used on a single charge for a full school day, ensuring uninterrupted learning.
  • Flexible Deployment: Easily moved to classrooms, halls, or outdoor spaces, adapting to different learning environments.
  • Personalized Learning: Rotational use of devices enables individual learning experiences for all students.

Education Software Benefits:

  • Curriculum-Aligned Content: All the devices are preloaded with rich digital content for classes 1st to 12th in Hindi, English, and 7 other regional languages. This ensures digital learning content is aligned with academic learning and lesson plans.
  • Diverse Content Sources: All the content on our learning platform iPrep is created and curated from reliable sources like DIKSHA and other platforms to offer a wide range of learning materials. Content can also be customized based on the requirements of the education initiative.
  • Engaging Formats: Animated videos, practice exercises, notes, and practicals cater to various learning styles and attention spans.
  • Holistic Development: Content goes beyond academics, covering life skills, moral values, health, climate action, and more.
  • Data-Driven Insights: The Learning Platform tracks student and teacher usage, providing valuable data on engagement, interests, and learning patterns.

Overall, solar-powered digital libraries offer a compelling solution for CSR education initiatives by:

  • Promoting accessible and equitable education by reaching underserved communities with quality digital resources.
  • Reducing environmental impact, through renewable energy and resource conservation.
  • Supporting sustainable development, by empowering communities, and fostering a culture of learning.

The awareness of the detrimental effects of overload shedding on education in rural areas necessitates immediate action. Solar-powered digital libraries present a viable and sustainable solution for corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives in the education sector. By investing in this innovative approach, we can empower rural communities with uninterrupted access to educational resources, bridge the educational divide, and foster a brighter future for generations to come.

In case you would like to know more about our Solar-powered digital library, visit our website. You can also write to us at

Ayushi Agarwal is an Assistant Manager - Marketing & Content Writing at iDream Education. With 7+ years of writing, her focus has shifted passionately to education over the past two years. Her dedication lies in researching and crafting content around solutions that address learning gaps, drive sustainable digital learning programs, empower last-mile learners, and ensure educational access for all. This commitment makes her work a valuable asset for social sector leaders seeking to drive change.

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