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Featured photo: Illuminating rural villages in India

An owner in his snack shop


A snack shop owner in a small town near Mangalore, India gets electricity to light the store from a simple pay-as-you-go solar system provided by Simpa Energy India Ltd., a subsidiary of Simpa Networks of Seattle. OPIC recently committed a $3 million loan to Simpa to support the introduction of up to 50,000 new solar systems in rural parts of India, as well as some villages where access to electricity is often limited. By providing power for basic lighting, cell phone charging and ceiling fans to provide cooling and keep mosquitos away, the solar systems provide a level of comfort to residences and enable businesses to stay open after dark.


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