Solar energy systems can provide power in even the most remote rural areas. These systems are installed and maintained by people from the local community trained by the Barefoot College.
The secret of success of this “barefoot” approach is taking the community into confidence. Even before the installation the whole village must first agree to pay a monthly contribution for repair and maintenance and select the poorest semiliterate unemployed and unemployable person—preferably a woman—who has roots in the village to be trained as a “barefoot” solar engineer.
After 6 months of hands on training the person goes back and in the presence of each family installs solar power for every house in the village.
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