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A Million Solar LEDs Given – and 99 Million More to Go. Way to Go, IIT Mumbai!

This is a post I would request every reader to share with as many as possible.

It is the story of an IIT Professor’s massive ambition to help hundreds of millions of underprivileged Indians go to the next orbit – through a simple solar lamp!

This is how millions of rural children study today – inefficient and unhealthy

I […]

Innovate or Suffocate – Solar Industry’s Watershed Moment

There’s a dark secret about the sunny solar industry.

It is not very profitable.


The surprise is justified: After all, you hear about the fantastic growth of solar sector. The world just crossed 200 GW in installations. It is already a $100+ billion industry worldwide. And is getting bigger, faster. India vows 100 GW by 2022. China ups the […]

Can Solar Get Me a Date? – What Solar Can and Can’t

I am a solar evangelist by profession, and a realist by nature.

Not the best DNA to sleep in peace, but let’s just say this has made me write this post.

Having worked in almost all main alternative energy sectors (solar, wind, biomass, biofuels, small hydro and waste to energy) in the last 10 years, I can say with confidence […]

Odisha Village Baripatha is 100% Solar Powered

Here’s an interesting news item on how distributed solar power is helping an Odisha village Baripatha gain power security.

Sure, we keep hearing about the use of solar in villages, but in most cases, it is either about some lanterns or other off-grid solar products being distributed. This case seems to be a bit different, with the […]

Solar Nanogrid Market Growing Fast, Says Navigant Research

Solar Nanogrids? Now, if that brings up images of some real hi-tech nanotech stuff, hold on!

Solar nanogrids are far simpler entities. They refer to small distributed solar power generating systems which could be supplying to a local network of consumers, typically a small community of less than 50 households. Should this be a standalone grid not connected […]