India's energy supply needs a solar uplift
On July 30 and 31, millions of people across India were left without power in one of the world’s worst blackouts. For two days, hospitals and offices were plunged into darkness and airports were left to use backup diesel power. Two hundred miners were reported to have been stranded in three deep coal shafts in the state of West Bengal, when their electrical elevators stopped working. Seven northern states were affected: stretching from Assam, near China, to the mountains of Himachal Pradesh and the north-western deserts of Rajasthan, to the Gangetic plains in Uttar Pradesh, which has a population larger than Brazil.