Shift from kerosene to solar to improve power supply

Shift from kerosene to solar to improve power supply

Switching subsidies from kerosene to off-grid solar products would improve electricity access for households still reliant on kerosene, a study by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) said on Thursday.

Despite the success of the ‘Saubhagya’ scheme, millions of households continue to use kerosene lamps during outages or because they cannot afford electricity. But kerosene is problematic because it provides poor quality light, causes harmful indoor air pollution and is a fire risk.

The report titled ‘Policy Approaches for a Kerosene to Solar Subsidy Swap in India’, shows support for off-grid solar that could be made available directly to households through manufacturers or as subsidised credit through financial institutions. Read More

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