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RURAL ELECTRIFICATION THROUGH SOLAR ENERGY: INSIGHTS FROM CHATTISGARH STATE OF INDIA
Meenal Jain, Meenakshi Mital, Matt Syal

Last modified: 2015-11-12

Abstract


The Indian energy sector has witnessed a rapid growth in an effort to meet the demands of a developing nation. But continuation of the use of fossil fuels is set to face multiple challenges: depletion of fossil fuel reserves, global warming and other environmental concerns, geopolitical and military conflicts and of late, continued and significant fuel price rise. Renewable energy is the solution to the growing energy challenges as they are abundant, inexhaustible and environmentally friendly. Accelerating the use of renewable energy, specifically solar energy is also indispensable if India is to meet its commitments to reduce its carbon intensity. Given the vast potential of solar energy in India, all it needs is comprehensive policies to be a global leader in clean and green energy. Government has taken a number of steps towards improving the adoption of solar energy at a large scale in the country. Many programs and policies have been initiated at both the National and State level for promoting solar energy, but its use and production in the country is still limited. On studying one of the major initiatives of National government, the “Remote Rural Village Electrification” in Chattisgarh as a case, it was found that there was a gap between the policies and the actual scenario. The awareness level among the beneficiaries was found to be very low. Thus, there is an urgent need to generate awareness among the stakeholders regarding the government initiatives, so that solar energy is widely accepted and used.