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Husk Power Systems: Powering Rural India

Since winning the grand prize in our 2008 Dell Social Innovation Challenge, India-based student venture Husk Power Systems has grown into one of the world’s leading producers and operators of biomass power plants.

Where It All Began

Husk Power Systems counts Verb and Dell among their first allies before winning funding and support from other international energy and finance organizations. Manoj Sinha, Co-Founder of Husk Power Systems, reflects upon their experience with the Dell Social Innovation Challenge as a great help because the judges had previous experience with similar social enterprise challenges, and were able to provide invaluable insight for expansion.

“Looking back, we started with a business plan and entered the Dell Social Innovation Challenge in hopes of winning seed funding. Today, we provide electricity to over 200,000 people across 500 villages. The best part has been the growth and outcome of what Husk Power Systems is doing.”
–Manoj Sinha, Co-Founder, Husk Power Systems



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