Across India, 300 million people aren't connected to the electrical grid.

Even for many who are, transmission can be spotty, resulting in frequent brown outs or complete power outages.

india electricity energy blackoutAdnan Abidi/REUTERSA woman uses a battery operated torch to prepare a meal inside the kitchen of her house in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on June 19, 2012.

Because of this lack of electricity, many Indians are turning to solar power as a way to get their own energy off the grid. That means that in some areas, people adopt renewables before they ever start using fossil fuels like coal.

Kartikeya Singh, a doctoral candidate at Tufts University, has been researching India's energy poverty for nearly a decade. He shared his photos, his findings, and his stories about this grassroots solar energy movement with Tech Insider.

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