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Solar Energy

An Irrelevant Debate

The failure of solar installations in India is not primarily due to poor maintenance or lack of money, materials and skilled manpower as argued in "Solar Energy for Rural Electricity in India: A Misplaced Emphasis" (EPW, 13 December 2014). Solar is still not a visible product for the consumer. Rather than see the failure of solar installations in terms of a rural-urban divide, the author could have done well to locate his arguments in the context of the "new economy-old economy" divide.

Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan’s paper “Solar Energy for Rural Electri­city in India: A Misplaced Emphasis” (EPW, 13 December 2014) makes interesting reading. It questions the relevance of promoting solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for lighting in rural areas of India. It has also been presented as a special case of the so-called rural–urban divide, and the inequality hypothesis of a spatial kind.

Rural–Urban Gap

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