80,000 villages in India have no electricity
Foreign firms look to increase solar power presence in India
22 Dec, 2010, 10.36AM IST, AGENCIES
The head of Solar-Gem, Khimji Vaghjiani, said solar power had "enormous scope" in India, as 80,000 villages have no electricity and plans for conventional power plants are often delayed over land or environmental concerns about pollution.
"Trying to distribute power is going to be very difficult (in India)," he told AFP before the launch on Monday evening.
"What do we do in the meantime where villagers are using kerosene and candles? We can put them (solar panels) into every household, moving them away from harmful kerosene and costly diesel."
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