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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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Interview with Justin Guay, Sierra Club

Justin Guay from Sierra Club – the largest environmental organization in the United States – just visited some of OMC’s Micropower Plants in Uttar Pradesh, India.

This was his experience;

Watch the film on Youtube >>
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Full transcript:

“My name is Justin Guay. I work with the Sierra Club based in Washington DC.

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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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