Off-grid power lights up Indian solar village

As India's recent power outage highlights the instability of the nation's overcrowded power infrastructure, a remote Indian village shines a bright light on the potential, and affordability, of solar power.

Life in the remote Indian village of Meerwada used to grind to a standstill as darkness descended. Workers downed tools, kids strained to see their schoolbooks under the faint glow of aged kerosene lamps and adults struggled to carry out the most basic of household chores.

The arrival of solar power last year has changed all that. On a humid evening, fans whirr, children sit cross-legged to study their Hindi and mother-of-seven Sunderbai is delighted people can actually see what they are eating and drinking.

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