Microsoft Enters Solar Powered Devices Space

A joint delegation of Microsoft and Veriown Global Holdings met Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to discuss a proposal to launch a pilot project in the state for the promotion of the “solar powered” portable cylinder-head-service gadgets that offer light, mobile charging and internet and can be linked to a tablet which will be supplied by the companies for offering services across various sectors, including education and agriculture.

During the meeting, Director Energy Access Initiative Microsoft, Kevin Connolly, shared his experiences for providing affordable internet connectivity. Veriown CEO Tim Condon, in a detailed presentation, demonstrated the Veriown Cylinder-Head-Sector (CHS) Service Offer for light and mobile phone charging, with NFC-enabled cards used to operate the CHS units.

He told in the meeting that his company had proven track record and know-how to provide internet services, besides installing rooftop solar panels on government buildings with system capacities ranging from 1KW to 100KW.

Condon said his company had achieved the enviable position of being the number one installer of solar home systems, with over one lakh such systems and 80,000 solar street lights already installed across India. The Group is poised to install over 20 lakh solar home systems by the end of 2020.

The company is actively engaged in catering to the needs of Off-Grid populations by supplying them solar power in 12 states of Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

It was also proposed in the meeting that Mandi Board could also purchase the solar lights for their vendors in Apni Mandis across the state.