Meterless Solar Microgrids in Rural India
Huffington Post - about 1 year
On May 25, 2015, solar microgrid lighting illuminated the small farming village of Bommekallu, Karnataka, for the first time. Two grids, self-contained, connected two large solar panels to 22 houses, providing lighting insurance against the two to four hours of daily power cuts.
I was the main architect of these microgrids. The following article intends to describe my dream for these systems, the process of design, and the difficulties, practical and ethical, that I faced. Please note before I begin: I was a foreigner to the region, and my view is incomplete. Rural Karnataka's is a very different social and professional culture than ours. None of the ways that I present the villagers, my NGO, or myself are intentionally critical.
In 2014, the NGO had successfully built single-home solar lighting systems through the sanga, an NGO sanctioned worker's collective. In two pilot villages, sanga houses were each given a small, single solar panel on the roof with hall lights and a small
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