Mithradham, implying 'the abode of the Sun and the house of a friend' is an NGO based in Chunangamveli, a beautiful village in Kochi, Kerala. Headed by Dr George Peter Pittappillil, the Mithradham Trust was founded in 1998. "Our NGO is engaged in cultivation, processing and marketing of spices from Kerala through the use of solar energy."

Electricity generation through solar energy can prove to be economical in numerous remote villages like Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu that faces massive power cuts.

Auroville, a small community in Pondicherry is involved in a microcosm of sustainable practices through focus on solar energy.

Spain's Ministry of Industry investigates large scale PV plants after construction and finds two-thirds false reports. Unfinished projects are now threatening to exhaust the quota for 2009.

With the aid of small island PV systems, a German-based aid foundation is bringing light in the huts of Ethiopia's rural population. The solar energy is also awakening the energy of the people themselves.

The current turbulence on the market does not change the basically positive trends in solar energy if we can believe the latest sustainability study conducted by Sarasin. Nonetheless, change is afoot.

Manufacturers in the solar-energy industry are downsizing and scaling back their once-ambitious plans. Katharine Sanderson reports.

Mumbai: More than a fortnight ago, a group of 20 young men and women from different parts of the world, embarked upon an unusual journey in three solar plug-in electric Reva cars and an alternatively fueled truck. Their aim: to travel across the country, stopping at unknown villages as well as bustling metropolis, learning, profiling and documenting local eco-solutions at each stopover.

This new solar power policy announced by Gujarat government is aimed at transforming the state into an "integrated solar generation hub" of the country. Offers several incentives to solar power generators for promoting clean energy generation in the state.

CHENNAI: Solar energy, especially solar thermal, is the ultimate option to meet the growing energy needs, according to Mohan Verghese Chunkath, Chairman and Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA).

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