Your browser may block some cookies by default. By clicking, you agree to allow our advertising partners to place their cookies and serve you more relevant ads. Visit our privacy policy page to view our privacy policy or opt-out.
india-1506711749896-1506711752866.jpg
Source: DFID/Flickr

India Turns To Solar To Get Power Into Every Home By End Of 2018

By Aimee Lutkin

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was elected in part due to his promises to connect the many regions outside of India's electrical grid to power, according to Bloomberg. Electricity is an important issue in the country, which has a population of 1.3 billion, of which more than 300 million are without consistent power. For perspective, that's 40 million households. On Monday, Modi announced that the government would be spending $2.5 billion on making good on those promises, with a goal to connect all these households by December of 2018.

Sandeep Shastri, a political analyst and a pro vice chancellor at Jain University in Bengaluru, told Bloomberg that the news is likely politically motivated, saying, "Power for all is a very ambitious plan and the prime minister knows the political gains it can bring if he can pull it off. So, when he announces schemes to connect all households, beyond a shadow of doubt he has the 2019 elections in mind."

16th installation of this week got completed today #solarindia #ruralindia #electrification

A post shared by FS Green Labs (@fsgreenlabs) on