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NHK World: India to Tap Solar Power

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Wall Street Journal: Renewable Energy Powers Up Rural India

Solar startup Omnigrid supplies remote villages, relying on income from telecom towers


Renewable-power companies serving remote areas of India often supply telecommunications companies and villages with solar energy. PHOTO: SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

HARDOI, India—A small field of solar panels on the outskirts of this rural district was built to generate energy for a cellphone tower. Now it also supplies electricity to local residents who have suffered from chronic power shortages for decades.


Hindu Business Line: Revolution@25kmph

Halfway between the ubiquitous bicycle and pricier motorcycles, electric vehicles are slowly and steadily winning over the rural consumer with their affordability and fuss-free features.

Every morning, in Coimbatore’s Kurudampalayam village, more than 80 battery-operated vehicles go door to door collecting garbage. In this all-woman exercise, one woman drives the Ampere vehicle, while another picks up the waste, neatly segregated as bio-degradable and non-degradable. They make a second round of collection in the evening. The electric vehicles are charged on alternate nights, which costs ₹12 per machine and lasts for a run of up to 50km. No licences are required to operate them.


Fortune India: Light club – India’s solar entrepreneurs

A clutch of entrepreneurs is taking electricity to the country’s remotest parts on a pay-per-use basis. But can they scale up in a sector that’s still trying to find its feet?

Fortune Magazine on OMC – Light Club

OMC’s MD & Co-Founder Rohit Chandra, photo by Bandeep Singh