Vol 1 No, 1 FOR PRIVATE CIRCULATION ONLY January 2006
UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN
No Welcome sign
From the mighty and the powerful
Open hearts and receiving sign
From the bruised and crushed humanity.
Unto us a Child is born
In the lowly manger of Bethlehem
Helpless and yet trusting
That we will clothe him with our love.
2006 is being born
Nitish has come as a hope for Bihar
Promises to keep and challenges to be faced
Bihar we hope is on the road to progress.
We at Solar Alternatives
Join hands in tackling the thermal power
Of the Sun God
Tapping the energy that has to be focussed
To enlighten our darkened homes
And make our beloved Bihar
God’s own paradise.
It is with this hope and optimism that we wish
You, our friends, a very Holy Christmas when Jesus brings us
His simple love and peace
And takes us to a challenging and meaningful 2006
With the strong chain of humanity
Bound together in a bond of friendship
As God’s own Children with no caste or creed
That can break our union of hearts and minds.
From all of us at Solar Alternatives, Phulwarishariff, Patna
Mathew Muthuplackal, Josey Kunnunkal, Selvin Xavier.
Constantius Ekka, Manoj Mathew Vallopillil
THE EDITOR RAMBLES ON …… Steam is being used to sterilize hospital
equipments or patients’ soiled clothes, etc.
Sunrise and sunset are daily occurrences These are unheard of but it happens right
we have taken for granted. Thousands of in front of our eyes. How much is there
women in Bihar and Jharkhand worship to learn and we stand in wonder at what
the Sun God on Chaath day and seek the sun can provide us with.
blessings for their menfolk. But do we
realize the real benefits and gifts the sun We at Solar Alternatives are making all
god bestows on us? this possible by training ordinary,
unlettered youth from the oppressed
MM Mathew, known as Solar Mathew, castes to experience in their powerlessness
has been teaching us how to tap the in society, the real power they eke out
thermal power of the sun. He has set up through their struggle to unravel the
through laborious research a Solar mysteries of the Sun God.
Energy Park at Solar Alternatives in
Phulwarishariff in Patna. We gaze in Josey kuruvilla Kunnunkal
wonder at the Solar Cookers, Solar Oven, Editor and publisher
the Scheffler Condenser Collectors, the Phulwari Solar Vibrations.
Solar Domestic food dryer, the Solar hot
water heaters, the solar scheffler JOE, YOU DESERVE A PAT ON
community concentrator cookers and YOUR BACK
Mathew’s latest, Solar tunnel dryers. These Joseph Parekattil is a short man but with a sharp
are fascinating sights which makes us feel insight into what brick and mortar can do. He is
our builder and architect. Within the span of two
how much we have taken the sun for years, he has planned and built a beautiful church
granted without realizing the power that in the compound, a residence with spacious rooms
can be transformed to help mankind. The for the jesuits and strengthened the walls of the
photovoltaic solar electrical system workshop with strong pillars that can withstand
brightens up homes in places like our the beating it takes from the youthful team that
work there. All solar designs are set up in the
Bihar where constant power cuts and compound and the gardens are all planned in a
fluctuations are daily occurrences. Solar decorative way. He has even made use of the
energy is the energy of the future and it is terrace of the Church to have a roof green house
pollution free. The Central government garden where all sorts of vegetables are grown.
has been encouraging our efforts through The campus in its own way exudes peace and
tranquility and even our water tank is filled with
the ministry of Non Conventional Energy solar energy.
Sources, by making solar efforts tax free Joe has since moved over to Taru Mitra in Digha
and even by giving subsidy. This is a great but he is always there to share with us his
service to humanity but how many of us innovative ideas. Our sincere thanks to you, Joe,
really relish these benefits? for the wonderful man that you are and for
making our place really lovable, peaceful and
artistic. May the Sun always shine on you and keep
We welcome you to come in and you cheerful.
experience for yourselves the fascinating A VISIT THAT BOOSTED OUR MORALE
sights of cakes and bread being baked, Shri S.K.Singh,Principal Scientific Officer,
tandoori chicken being roasted, vegetables Ministry of Non-conventioal Energy
like beans, tomatoes, brinjals being dried Source(MNES) & Shri B.P.Suman, from Bihar
Renewable Energy Development
without losing its colour or taste and Agency(BREDA) made a welcome visit to our
being stored for later use, hot water to place. They have promised to take up the VAT
take a bath through solar energy instead of tax issue on solar goods by the Bihar
wasting electricity on a geizer, etc. etc. Government.
APPRECIATION FLOWS FROM Progrrammes(SAAP). He is the brain behind
ALL QUARTERS all the research programmes that produce the
latest in solar equipments. Mathew holds a
“The Patna province is to be congratulated at diploma in mechanical engineering.
having initiated this important centre for
research and manufacture of environmentally Consantius Ekka is the Administrator of SAAP.
sensitive and fuel-saving devices which has He is an expert in setting up Hot water plants.
gained momentum because of your He has a diploma in Electronics and is
pioneering efforts and creativity(Mathew’s).I beginning to pick up the art of photovoltaic
am impressed at the success your promotion solar electric plants.
work has achieved and even more impressed
Selvin Xavier is the treasurer of SAAP and
to learn that the work is handled by
manages to plough through the accounts. He
uneducated dalit boys you have trained. The
is the livewire in our National Institute of
nature of the work done at the institute amply
Open School programme where he puts
demonstrates the institute’s focus on the
through many of the dalits compete in the
marginalized groups and their social and
open school system and gets them trained in
economic needs. .I thank you for the
various technical trades.
inspiration we all receive from the dedicated
work of our men in the field and pray that you Manoj Mathew is the Asst. Administrator of
may, with creative fidelity, strive to fulfill the SAAP. He is also trying out the IGNOU in
mission entrusted to you to serve the Lord in getting a B.A.
his people”(from the letter of Peter Hans
Kolvenbach, Superior General of the Josey Kunnunkal is the Vice President of SAAP
Society of Jesus, Rome, Italy) and is also the Vice Superior of the Jesuit
Community. Josey is a group therapist by
“The Solar Steam System was installed in our profession. He has more than thirty years of
Holy Family Hospital, Koderma. The main experience working with managers, social
purpose of installing the solar steam system in activists, teachers, religious groups,etc. He had
our hospital is for steralising the hospital been successful in preparing interns to learn
goods and for steaming soiled clothes of the the art of group work. He has also done a
patients. This solar steam system is working research on Dalit psyche.
perfectly well and we have found it very much
practical.” Letter of Administrator, Holy OUR MEN ARE ON THE MOVE
Family Hospital, Koderma, Jharkhand
Constant with his team had been recently to
“I am grateful to you and your engineers for Hazaribagh to fix up hot water plants in Holy
fixing solar energy in our place. The engineers Cross institute and Great Carmel and then
loaded the inverter and showed me that it moved over to Mokama, Lohardaga to do the
gives nearly 3100 volts power. I am happy same. He also supervised the setting up of 3
with the system.” Br. Libin Minj, Marianist KV solar power plant for the Marianists in
House, Barh, Bihar Barh.
“You have really a good team, serious people Mathew has finally made his trip to the
to accomplish the work entrusted to you. The North East. At the invitation of Mr.
hot water, light, the cookers are there to Manavalan, Rtd.IAS, the Director of AFPRO,
remind us of you kind service.” Sr. Mathew has gone there with his latest
Rosita,Carmel Ashram, Hazaribagh. invention of Solar Tunnel dryers. The
various self help groups in Assam would need
THE MEN WHO MAKE IT to dry their famous Assam chillies and ginger
HAPPEN for export and the Solar Tunnel Dryer is a
MM Mathew is the Director of Solar god-send for them.
Alternatives and Assocaiated
Mathew with his team is on his way to the satisfied smile on the faces of these boys
Shillong, Imphal, Nagaland, Dibrugarh, etc. and girls. The beauty is that we learn to
for setting up various types of solar collaborate with various other organizations in
equipments for the Don Bosco groups there the field and it is this chain that brings a
too. strong bond of commitment. This effort is
Our most recent solar supply and setting up possible through the generosity of so many
shows : wonderful people who pitch in to help
Solar Tunnel Dryers : 4 for North East financially so that these young men and
Solar photovoltaic power plant : Marianist, Barh women get their own firm footing in life. As
SolarHot watersystem : Don Bosco,Gauhati, SCN, we move forward, we shall surely keep you
Mokama, Nazareth Hospital, Shillong, Holy informed about the success stories of some of
Cross,GreatCarmedl,Hazaribagh, these young men and women.
Solar Chimney Dryers at SCN, Mokama OUR QUEST KEEPS US ON THE
Solar lanterns, solar street lights, solar domestic MOVE
cookers, Solar Home lights, Solar Box cookers, Solar
fans, Solar Distill – all for Don Bosco, Assam., The field of solar energy is really vast and
research carries on. Our Solar Mathew is on
WE ARE CLEAR ON OUR the quest always for more meaningful
OBJECTIVES equipments and for this he keeps in touch
with many other researchers in various
SAAP considers Environment and countries.. Research students from
Empowerment as the two eyes of its essential Switzerland and Germany keep on coming
mission. On the one side, the organization is and adding their new ventures to ours. New
on a mission to promote renewable energy, vistas have to be discovered like the Solar
especially solar energy through opening Refrigerator( a great help in the rural health
people to its knowledge and use and centres without electricity), the solar cycle
promoting solar powered products that are rickshaws, solar windmill, etc. Solar energy is
environmental friendly. On the other side, the energy of the future. Join us and discover
SAAP has always considered the the wonders of the Sun.
empowerment of the marginalized through TRACING US IS AN EASY TASK
skilled training as one of its main missions. It Mahavir Cancer hospital is a well known spot in
is in this context that we strive to impart Phulwari. Come along that road for another 3
technical and vocational training through our kilometres and you come to Tum Tum Padav which is
accredited Vocational Institution. We have the close to the Imarath Sharia. At tum tum padav, ask
solar technician course as well as Tailoring, for the church and they will point it out for you.
Carpentry, welding courses. Our effort is to Our postal address is : SAAP, St. Mary’s
network with various groups who are in this Church compound, Phulwarishariff, Patna
field. This is an effort to get our dalit and 801 505. Bihar
backward boys to train and also see to it that Our phone n.comumbers are “ 0612/ 2555787,
they get an employment by which they can be 2624827. Fax 0612 2555787
breadwinners for their families. The school E mail : , SAAP : email@example.com
dropouts have been encouraged to get their Josey : firstname.lastname@example.org
academic fulfillment by writing the NIOS Website : www.solar.alternatives.com
courses. Those who have done matric or Plus Mobile : Mathew 9334410961
2 are chosen and sent to various technical Josey 9430212659
institutes in Hyderabad, Baroda, Asansol, etc. Welcome to our Phulwari humble abode.
for training as welder, electrician, fitter, turner, You sure would enjoy your visit and the
mechanist and through their own efforts get a warm hospitality.
job for themselves. Selvin Xavier keeps track Edited and published by Josey Kuruvilla Kunnunkal
of these programmes and as he says, it is a For Solar Alternativese and Associated
backbreaking work. His reward is in seeing Programmes(SAAP), Phulwarishariff, Patna