Switching subsidies from kerosene to off-grid solar energy can help India cut its ballooning subsidy bills, improve electricity access for households and mitigate indoor pollution. A joint study by The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI) and Canada-based International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) notes that despite the success of Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana or Saubhagya scheme, millions of households are still leaning on kerosene for domestic lighting. However, kerosene being an unclean fuel causes indoor air pollution and runs the risk of triggering a fire.
The report says that off-grid solar energy could be made directly to households, through manufacturers or as subsidised credit through financial institutions. Read More