The rural areas of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in India have no access to electricity from the grid. Come nightfall, the states are pitch dark.
Today, businesses are looking to power up rural villages, thus taking over the role of the government. Businesses do this because they want to expand into new goods and labour markets.
These businesses are led by a daring lot of entrepreneurs, and are paving the way for microgrids in Indian villages across these two massive states. For a small fee, customers can purchase power for about 5-6 hours of lighting a day, or charge their mobile phones.
Microgrids have the power to change the social fabric of rural India. The notorious gender discrimination could possibly be averted if women can work as plant operators and men can further their studies. It could also positively impact day-to-day life with no fumes from kerosene lamps, and the option of spreading one’s work throughout the day instead of squeezing it within the span of daylight.
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