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Lighting Rural India
According to a study published online in the journal, Human Ecology, the use of solar energy in rural India might help improve the quality of life for rural and tribal households. It could also help secure India’s future energy supply and contribute to sustainable development in a nation with a population of more than 1 billion—the second highest in the world.

The study, titled “Lighting the Lives of the Impoverished in India’s Rural and Tribal Drylands,” looked at benefits of the use of solar photovoltaic lanterns in impoverished households. It was led by Govindasamy Agoramoorthy of Tajen University and Minna Hsu of National Sun Yat-sen University, both in Taiwan.

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