Solar Power to the People

A new program in India is teaching women in tribes that live in remote areas how to make and use solar panels.
November 9, 2009, 10am PST | Tim Halbur
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From Inhabitat:

"Throughout India there are many rural villages that are completely removed from the grid. With no source of power for cooking, light, and heating they currently must rely on firewood, kerosene or diesel for fuel. Now green jobs are blossoming throughout these remote areas as the Orissa Tribal Empowerment & Livelihoods Programme trains women and youth to become barefoot solar engineers. This brilliant initiative provides a bright future for the semi-literate and illiterate rural poor by teaching them to harness the sun through the construction of photovoltaic systems and solar powered lanterns."

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Published on Monday, November 9, 2009 in Inhabitat
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