21 Sep '11, 6pm

In rural India, solar power is the cheap and easy option

In rural India, solar power is the cheap and easy option

Since its founding, SELCO has partnered with small banks throughout rural India to bring electricity to more than 100,000 village homes that had never before glowed with electric light. The villagers themselves own the systems and pay them off through flexible microcredit loans. This novel approach has allowed electricity to reach villages that previous top-down electrification schemes failed to reach. One of the best SELCO stories is about how the top graduate for 2010 in the state of Karnataka – home to Bangalore, the high-tech hub of modern India – was a young woman from a village lit by SELCO solar panels.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/energy/blogs/in-rural-in...

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