India’s villages are racing towards universal electricity access and clean cooking. But the challenge is to keep costs low.
A survey of over 9,000 rural households by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), a think tank based in New Delhi, has found a strong improvement in Indian villages’ access to energy. The survey was conducted in six of the country’s major energy-deprived states: Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and West Bengal.
Electricity through the national grid is now the main lighting source for 75% of India’s rural households. In 2015, when the last round of the survey was held, most of this population was burning kerosene oil for light. Read More
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