Patrick Bayer is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis and will join the Department of Politics at the University of Glasgow as Assistant Professor in 2016. He received his Ph.D. from Mannheim University in Germany and also holds a Master's degree in Environmental Economics from University College London. In his research, Patrick studies the role of domestic politics in problems of international cooperation, mostly with applications to global environmental problems such as climate change and energy. Additional information on his work can be found on his personal website http://www.patrickbayer.com or by following @pol_economist on Twitter.
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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