A SHORT FILM ABOUT SOLAR POWERED THINGS IN NEED OF REPAIR
Solar energy is transforming the lives of people around the world who live without access to electricity. But what happens to the solar revolution when technology breaks down? The Solar Fix is a short film that follows the afterlives of solar technology across three villages in the Indian state of Odisha. Access to solar repair services and spare parts is the hidden challenge facing customers and small businesses across South Asia and Sub Saharan Africa.The film was made to support Urjaa Samadhan, a social enterprise that connects last mile solar repair and maintenance services in rural India.
PRODUCED BY – Jamie Cross
FUNDED BY – The University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science with technical and logistical support from Scene.
STORYBOARD AND TREATMENT BY – Felix Varghese and Goutham Varrier – [APU Alumni M A Dev 2011-13]
Good work, a problem that exists across the tribL belt. Laya Foundation in East Godavari District have these work shops where batches of tribal youth are thaught how to do minor repair work of solar lanterns and provided with a set of tools (multimeter, soldering guns, pliers, etc). These youth go back to their hamlets and set up their own repair shops. They were also given locations of places where they can buy spares. I was part of such a workshop and have also witnessed repair shops working well in the hamlets. If there is a sequel planned to “the solar fix” may be attempts like that of Laya can be captured as part of a probable solution.