Clean energy can boost rural economy

In Vanawasipada, a tribal village only 100 km from Mumbai, villagers depend on a solar micro-grid that powers lights, fans, and TVs, as well as a flour mill that ensures a decent source of income for the mill owner. In Malapannatti, Karnataka, power cuts prevail for 6 to 8 hours a day. Women here stitch blouses and shirts using a solar-powered sewing machine, instead of using grid electricity, since it is more reliable and their monthly bill is halved in the process. Companies selling such sewing machines ensure access to not just the appliance, but also the enabling infrastructure: Low-intere.....

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