Rural India Goes Solar - Page 2
India's is a case where those who turn to solar power don't to so with the higher purpose of becoming more energy efficient or environmentally friendly; they do so because there is a pressing necessity for electricity and conventional methods of obtaining that form of power has failed to meet the increasing need as the country grows. In India's context, solar power also appears to be more reliable and more convenient for consumers.
This drives home the point that solar energy doesn't always need to be packaged as a green technology. It is a viable technology, regardless of whether the need arises in rural areas or in affluent, cosmopolitan, and modern cities.
Selling solar power to rural areas may take a good deal of sweat on the part of those who sell it, but to those who buy solar power, it has undeniable advantages over traditional forms of fuel in rural India, which is burning cow dung and/or relying on kerosene lamps.
The solar panels don't take up much space, burns brighter than kerosene lamps or cow dung, and because consumers use light bulbs instead of open flames, there is no smoke and the risk for fires is reduced, along with the frustration of an open flame snuffed out by strong winds. And unlike getting electricity from a grid, solar units don't get rationed or cut.
In rural areas, where wildlife roams, a brightly lit bulb has the additional, if not unusual advantage of deterring nocturnal predators such as tigers!
Here's to hoping that the standard of living for those in rural India will continue to improve with the aid of solar power even as the alternative technology continues to improve to make it cheaper and more environmentally friendly for those in both developing and developed nations.