2016-01-02. Electrifying India, With the Sun and Small Loans.

posted Jan 4, 2016, 10:31 AM by Alan Gould
By Max Bearak, The New York Times. For GSS Energy Use chapter 10. Excerpt: ...Mr. Prasad, an agent for Solar Electric Light Company, or Selco, was selling a panel and battery that would power three lights and an attached socket for phone charging for approximately 12,800 rupees, or $192. ...The idea behind Selco, and other companies like it, is to create a business model that will help some of the 1.2 billion people in the world who don’t have electricity to leapfrog the coal-dependent grid straight to renewable energy sources. About a quarter of the world’s off-the-grid people, or 300 million or so, live in India, mostly in remote, rural communities ... or in informal urban settlements....  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/03/business/energy-environment/electrifying-india-with-the-sun-and-small-loans.html