two men walk with 2 solar panels strapped to each persons back over the rocky and mountainous terrain

India bets its energy future on solar—in ways both small and big

Grassroots efforts are bringing solar panels to rural villages without electricity, while massive solar arrays are being built across the country.

On the last leg of a two-day trip that began with a drive over treacherous mountain roads, workers with Global Himalayan Expedition help carry solar panels to the village of Yal in Ladakh, India. The company organizes treks for socially minded tourists to bring solar power to Indian villages that have no electricity.

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