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Massive Indian Blackout No Problem For Solar-Powered Village

While around 700 million Indians suffered from major blackouts this summer, people in Rajasthan were charging mobile phones and maybe watching DVDs.


Energy start-up Gram Power brought a "micro-grid" and solar power to the village of Rajasthan. So while around 700 million Indians suffered from major blackouts this summer, people in Rajasthan were charging mobile phones and maybe even, according to The Guardian, watching DVDs on their new television sets.

Gram Power set up the village with a bank of solar panels, the micro-grid, and smart meters that allow users to pre-pay for power—which should also keep demand from overpowering the grid, as it did India's conventional grid.

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