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