Clean Solar Energy Shines Through Indian Blackout

While much of India, Asia’s third largest economy, recently plunged into blackout darkness, the lights of a small rural village continued to shine due to the arrival of solar power last year, reports Jo Winterbottom of Reuters News. On a humid evening, fans whirr, children sit cross-legged to study and people can actually see what they are eating and drinking. The village was the lucky test case for US solar firm SunEdison, which covered the hefty initial expense of installing hi-tech solar panels there. But rapidly falling costs and improved access to financing for would-be customers could encourage the spread of such systems, while simpler solar schemes are already making profits in off-the-grid areas. Potential growth in off-grid solar power offers hope to about 40 percent of India’s 1.2 billion population. Covering initial costs is key. India’s government is pushing a National Solar Mission aimed at generating one sixth of India’s total electricity from renewable resources by 2020, reports Max Frankel at Think Progress. Under this program, the government  offers to pay a third of project costs and in some cases low-interest loans for solar power systems.

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Off-grid power shines in India solar village. Reuters http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/01/us-india-solar-idUSBRE8701PT20120801

Massive Blackout Leaves 600 Million Indians Without Power, Demonstrating Danger Of Relying On Outdated Coal System

Posted: 31 Jul 2012 08:37 AM PDT http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/07/31/613161/massive-blackout-leaves-620-million-indians-without-power-demonstrating-dangers-of-relying-on-outdated-coal-system/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+climateprogress%2FlCrX+%28Climate+Progress%29&mobile=nc

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Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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