Approximately 400 million people in India lack access to electricity. However, initiatives from an enthusiatic organisation of young and bright minds are readily addressing this issue with small-scale solar power.
Pollinate Energy, founded by a small group of young Australians, has been actively involved in assisting people across rural villages to make the transition from kerosene to solar-powered devices. Many individuals still depend on the former for basic provisions such as lighting and fuel for stove tops.
Other than kerosene, solid fuels still consist of approximately 80% of fuels for people in India, and remain as key fuel sources in other developing regions around the world, such as nations within south-east Asia, Africa and South America.
Other organisations such as SolarAid have been active in tapping into the growing requirements for energy security and autonomy amongst people in developing nations (especially to power essentials within homes).
One of the major benefits with this decentralised, small-scale appoach is how it bypasses the need for extensive infrastructure involved in the distribution and supply of power. It is a similar phenomenon to mobile (cell) phone telephony that has provided cheap and realible access to audio communication for hundreds-of-millions of Indians (let alone billions globally).
These factors, in addition to improving technology and cheaper unit prices (due to more demand for the infrastrucure has made (and will continue to make) solar power a more viable option in the years to come.