Affordable Pay-As-You-Go Solar Power for India’s Energy-Poor Homes (Part 1)

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India lacks access to energy more than any other country in the
world. Energy-poor households, mostly located in rural areas,
are forced to use hazardous and expensive sources of energy
that pollute the environment.

A new technology delivers off-grid and decentralized solar
power to homes where people can pay for electricity in small
increments using the mobile phone’s short messaging service.

The Asian Development Bank’s $2 million equity investment
into Simpa Networks is expected to provide over 63,000 rural
households with access to electricity by 2015 while lessening
carbon dioxide emission, health issues, expenses, and risks
from using hazardous energy sources.

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