27 Feb '14, 2pm

An inside look at running a cleantech startup in India

An inside look at running a cleantech startup in India

When listening to feedback on the Simpa Solar Home System in Mathura, India, one man told me: "If this product had been around six years ago, my son would still have a mother." When his little boy was crying one night, the mother got up with only a candle because there was no electricity for light. When she reached for milk, she was bitten by a poisonous snake and died. Clearly, flicking on a light switch would have saved her life. Such is daily life for 2.5 billion people around the world who are locked into situations with bad or no electricity. The centralized electricity infrastructure may not have not reached them or if it has, there are daily cuts or even worse — outages that last days or weeks. This energy poverty is extremely limiting and stifles development. There is no power for lights so shops can stay open longer or neighbors can connect on their porches, no re...

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