Michaël Aklin is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his Ph.D. from New York University in 2014. His research focuses on international and comparative political economy with applications to finance and environmental issues, and has been published in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Global Environmental Change, Ecological Economics, and Environmental and Resource Economics. Additional information on his work can be found on his webpage: www.pitt.edu/~aklin/
Can solar micro-grids deliver basic electricity access in Indian villages?
17 Apr 2015
About one-third of India´s population remains without access to basic electricity services. This column discusses preliminary lessons from an experiment in rural Uttar Pradesh that seeks to set up solar micro-grids in unelectrified habitations. It finds that while the cost of solar power is a potential obstacle to its adoption, the technology does generate substantial benefits in the form of improved lighting and reduced kerosene expenditures.
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