Solar microgrids in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state did little to improve household incomes, encourage business ownership, or reduce the long hours that people spend on daily household work, a new study finds. According to the year-long, randomized survey of nearly 1,300 households in 81 non-electrified rural communities, villagers did buy less kerosene for their lamps, since they could flip on light bulbs at night. But their lives were otherwise unchanged, showing that local officials, energy companies, and NGOs alike need to address other pressing issues — such as underfunded schools or dismal job prospects — before rural electrification can really lift people out of poverty.
Microgrid Industry News — November 15, 2016 New President, New Congress: How Policymakers Can Fix America’s Electricity Infrastructure With a new president and Congress taking office in January, legislation to address America’s deteriorating infrastructure will likely be debated. High on their list of priorities should be new policies encouraging private-sector investment and innovation in the electricity sector, particularly in microgrids and smart meters. Connecticut Governor Advances Commitment to Storm Resiliency with Funding for […]