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Harish Hande is the co-founder of Solar Electric Light Company of India (SELCO). SELCO has entered into partnerships with small banks across rural India to bring electricity to more than 100,000 village homes that had never before had electricity. The home owners get loads to put in solar systems and pay them off over time by saving the money they used to spend on kerosene and fees to charge their cell phones. This socially innovative approach has enabled poor people in areas that do not have access to the grid to use solar electricity to power their homes in an environmentally friends, low-cost, environmentally sustainable way.
I understand that it can be easy and inexpensive to convert regular homes (in the United States) to solar energy. I just haven't tried it yet myself.