Indo-U.S. Cooperative Photovoltaic Project

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A cooperative program was established in 1993 by the governments of India and the United States. The 50-50 cost share project funded $500,000 of PV systems for home l i ghting, water pumping, battery charging, and vaccine refrigeration systems in the Sundarbans region of West Bengal, India. The project was designed as a sustainable rural economic development initiative with the RamakrishnaMission, a well-respected humanitarian non-government organization (NGO) in this remote area of India. Special attention was paid to building an infrastructure for financing, installing, and maintaining the PV systems. A before-and-after impact study on the beneficiaries is being done. Lessons learned to date are presented along with details of the installed systems.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 1997
Event26th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference - Anaheim, California
Duration: 29 Sep 19973 Oct 1997


Conference26th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
CityAnaheim, California

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-520-22932


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