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The worst blackout in a decade hit Northern India on Monday forcing 370 million people to go without power, and disabling crucial infrastructure like the train system. The reality is that the country’s growing desire for power — to support its booming economy — is outpacing the country’s ability to build and manage more power.

While this is a huge problem for the country, it’s a massive opportunity for next-generation energy technologies like clean power, and the smart grid. Unlike in the U.S., where clean power and smart grid technologies are often times replacing current infrastructure, in India many times they are the first build-out of energy infrastructure.

I, and others, have said this before. At an industry event last year, investor Ira Ehrenpreis (who backed such investments like Tesla (s TSLA)) said it’s the worst time to be in greentech in the U.S. and the best time to…

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