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S.P. Harish | Ideas for India

S.P. Harish
New York University
psr245@nyu.edu
S.P. Harish is Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Political Science in New York University. His research focuses on comparative political economy revolving around issues of economic development, environment, and political violence.


Articles By S.P. Harish
Off-grid solar power and the future of rural electrification in India
Posted On: 17 Jul 2017

Topics:   Environment

Off-grid solar power is a potential alternative to grid extension in rural electrification. This column reports results from a recent experiment with an off-grid lighting intervention in Uttar Pradesh. While little evidence of broader socioeconomic changes was found, the study suggests that kerosene subsidies likely hold back the expansion of off-grid solar markets, and that there are many ways in which benefits of off-grid solar power can be enhanced.
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Can solar micro-grids deliver basic electricity access in Indian villages?
Posted On: 17 Apr 2015


About one-third of India´s population remains without access to basic electricity services. This column discusses preliminary lessons from an experiment in rural Uttar Pradesh that seeks to set up solar micro-grids in unelectrified habitations. It finds that while the cost of solar power is a potential obstacle to its adoption, the technology does generate substantial benefits in the form of improved lighting and reduced kerosene expenditures.
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