Off the grid, but on the up
Meenakshi Dewan tends to maintenance work on the solar street lighting in her village of Tinginaput, India. Huge pylons run across these hills, supplying power to the big cities – but rural areas like this are not connected to the main grid.
The use of clean energy sources like solar power will be key to minimise the impact on climate change while meeting the growing demand.
The UK's aid in India is focussed on the poorest people in three low income states - Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Orissa - reinforcing the deep, productive partnerships we have built over the last decade.
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Photo © Abbie Trayler-Smith / Panos Pictures / Department for International Development