03 Aug '12, 6pm

How India's epic blackout could launch a solar revolution

How India's epic blackout could launch a solar revolution

BRIGHT IDEA: Indian children study by the reliable light of a solar lantern (PHOTO: Barefoot Photographers of Tilonia /Flickr) I was never more acutely aware of the value of electricity than I was during the year I spent living in India. I should be more specific: I was never more acutely aware of the value of electricity than I was on those nights when my wife and I were staying at a cheap little guest house in Delhi at the height of the swampy monsoon heat, lying in bed on the verge of sleep, when a sudden sci-fi sound of motors winding down en masse indicated that the hotel had been hit by one of the city’s routine rolling blackouts. There went the A/C we’d paid extra for. Delhi’s grid couldn’t handle the full demand for power on its hottest days, and so the grid’s managers would shed loads neighborhood to neighborhood to keep the system (barely) humming. We’d heard tha...

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