The Guardian: Jan 16, 2012
By Anna da Costa
“In Uttar Pradesh, one of India’s largest and poorest states, far away from the country’s straining power grid, US-born entrepreneurs Nikhil Jaisinghani and Brian Shaad have started to pioneer a wholly different energy system, designed to meet some of the most basic needs of the poorest. Their company, Mera Gao Power (MGP), provides ultra-low cost lighting and mobile phone charging services to individual houses by building and operating solar-powered micro grids at a village level. They aim to reach 100,000 households with their solar service by 2016. Jaisinghani and Shaad are firm believers in using the power of business to support social and environmental causes.” Read more about their model, the need to innovate constantly, challenges and plans to scale over the next five years.