Final thoughts

Incredible trip. We have to thank Tata for their hospitality and everyone who gave us their time: Tata Trust, SELCO, IDE-I, Micro Energy Credits, Tata Solar, Bandahn, Orb Energy, Pradan, the farmers of Jenasai.

The streets of Kolkata

The streets of Kolkata

I’ll remember the warmth and openness of the people, the vibrant colors, the extreme population density, the extreme poverty, the spirituality everywhere, that night with the mosquitos, the food at Kwality in Kolkata and at Karim’s in Delhi, the farmer interviews in Jenasai, the pashmina guy…

In the beginning of this project we thought that financing the solar pumps would be the main challenge. Turns out financing is the easy part–both in terms of seed money and ownership financing. The much harder part will be setting up operations for the solar pump in such a rural area. You can’t strike a deal with Home Depot and call it a day. Distribution, sales, servicing, and marketing need to be developed though numerous strategic partnerships or though a heroic branch building effort. In the next month, well get into this issue, and luckily, we’ve made a ton of contacts in India who are willing to help us in our investigation and final report.

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Til next time India.

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