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Energy access is crucial to inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Renewable energy can be an excellent tool in providing energy access. The local renewable energy based initiatives have already started making a p..

09 Oct 2012

NEW DELHI(Commodity Online): India government aims to provide 24x7 electricity to all households in the country and affordable access to electricity in the next 5 years, says Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh. One million households in India are now using decentralized solar energy to meet their lighting energy needs and the government is also striving to light up around 20 million rural households with solar home lighting by 2022, he added.

Renewable energy technologies provides the most sustainable and economic options for energy access. At present renewable power represents about 12 per cent of the total installed generating capacity in India. The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, launched under the aegis of India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change aims to install 20 Gigawatt of grid connected solar power by 2022.

The links between access to energy and the various Millennium Development Goals are now well established and they are well documented. Meeting these goals that are fundamental to an existence of minimum dignity and well being all over the world requires access to affordable energy.

Over three billion people in developing countries today rely on traditional biomass for cooking and heating; about one and a half billion people are without electricity. Lack of access to energy cripples the productive capacity of people and traps them in a downward spiral of want, deprivation and poverty, according to Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Minister of New and Renewable Energy.

Energy access is crucial to inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Renewable energy can be an excellent tool in providing energy access. The local renewable energy based initiatives have already started making a profound impact on the lives of millions in India. Solar home lighting systems and solar powered micro-grids are lighting millions of Indian homes every night. Family size biogas plants provide clean and efficient cooking energy in the villages.

The Government of India, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy along with other stakeholders – NGOs, civil society organizations and state governments is promoting energy access for sustainable economic development.


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