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A silent revolution on two wheels

Meet the OMC electric bike. It means solar powered transportation for rural India.

We charge it at the Micropower Plant and our customers rent it for 50 Indian Rupees – about one US dollar – per day.

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Poverty is a system design failure

Modern, developed societies are built on a few basic presumptions – access to power, information, and resources.

The development of the industrial age saw an unprecedented growth and development for billions of people, in what is today the developed world.

But there are still billions living in poverty and darkness.

Kerosene Lantern

The poor light source: kerosene lanterns. Features: expensive and lethal.

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The not-so-desirable hockey stick

Growth – it’s favoured by most people. And exponential growth even more so. An entrepreneur’s, and investor’s, dream is the hockey stick – when growth and revenue suddenly takes off in an unprecedented manner.

This is all fine and dandy when we’re talking in financial terms. But when we switch to climate change – specifically global warming and the earth’s temperature – hockey stick growth is very, very undesirable.

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Energy poverty, no more.

Very far away from the land of dish washers, stadium floodlights and blinking neon signs, it becomes pitch black after the sun sets.

To hundreds of millions in rural India, night literally means darkness. As in impossible to read, have your shop open, or even be able to see what you are eating.

Until now.

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