Lessons from a solar fraud case in India

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This cases damage the image of a Nation.

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Over the last few years India has emerged as a potentially huge market for solar energy. So it’s not so surprising to see that swindlers and con artists are showing up to take advantage of the sunny boom.

Just this week, news media have been busy chronicling a fraud case against two people who took money from wealthy Indians in the southern state of Kerala but never delivered the solar panel installation service they promised. This isn’t just your typical criminal case, though. It stirred up fights over political favoritism and disrupted proceedings at the state’s general assembly. It’s like a reality show about solar and greed, starring local politicians and business men.

SunEdison's solar canal project  in IndiaAt the center of the brouhaha are two alleged crooks, Biju Radhakrishnan and Saritha S. Nair, who reportedly targeted doctors with their promise to install solar panels cheaply. They then took the money, turned off their phones…

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