S.P. Harish is Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Political Science in New York University. His research focuses on comparative political economy revolving around issues of economic development, environment, and political violence.
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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