Powering Up

India trains women as solar-panel installers

A massive power outage in India last year revealed just how inconsistent the nation's technological capabilities are; now, nonprofit Barefoot College is taking steps to fix that. Six-month training programs to teach women from remote areas how to build and install solar panels, with the hope they'll carry the knowledge back to their local communities, which often rely on kerosene lamps for nighttime light. It's estimated that 400 million Indians have no access to electricity. Though initially the program was offered to men, Barefoot College found that women were more likely to stay in their villages and share the knowledge.

Read it at the Wall Street Journal

July 19, 2013 1:47 PM