This is an old post on rural life in India and solar lighting, that I am reposting for those who have signed up recently. It is still a valid view of what is happening ( or not happening) with power and what life is like in rural India.
We spent two days in villages in the District of Udupi in the State of Karnataka meeting with our sales agents and visiting homes where the Duron Solar Home System was in use. We were there with three of our investors who had already spent a day in Bangalore at our headquarters reviewing the business and now wanted to see the system in use in the field. We chose Udupi, since it was “only” a ninety-minute plane ride to Mangalore and another ninety-minute drive to the town. Most of the installations were within 30 minutes of the town itself.
The State of Karnataka is reasonably well electrified. One has to travel deep into the rain forests to find an area without wiring. Almost all of our systems in this state are in homes with electricity from the grid. However, because of the uncertainty of when power is actually available and…
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