“Solar dawn on UP village horizon”
In Atrauli, the days were depressingly short – 14 hours in all – till last year.
After sunset, it seemed as if someone had hit the pause button on this border village in Uttar Pradesh’s Hardoi district.
Shops shut down, markets closed, women didn’t venture outdoors and students couldn’t study. Banks stayed away, irrigation suffered and incomes were abysmal.
And then, last October, Omnigrid Micropower Company – a RESCO company – set up its first solar power plant in the village and Atrauli began to stir.