Study says solar microgrids insufficient to improve rural incomes

SUZ00134INDAccess to energy does not automatically improve the socioeconomic conditions of rural households, says a new study conducted in India by US and Canadian researchers.

A year after installing a solar-powered microgrid, the socioeconomic conditions of communities in a remote district of northern India remained largely unchanged, says the study, published 17 May in Science Advances.

However, the study concedes that access to a microgrid did reduce expenditure on kerosene fuel for 1,281 rural households in the Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh state.

Read the full article in SciDev