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Country

India

Population

1.324 billion

Energy Access

79.2%

People Without Electricity

240,000,000

Fact Sheet: Grid still failing access in India

According to a new report by Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy, despite improved access to electricity in rural Jharkhand, affordability, quality and reliability challenges persist. Even when connections are given for free, 10% of the population still choose to stay unconnected.

Women's energy entrepreneurship has the potential to address SDGs

SELCO has been working with community women in rural India to be on-the-ground business associates for DRE products.

Improved access to finance can boost electricity access for rural healthcare in India

Electricity is a basic infrastructure requirement for any healthcare unit. But in developing geographies like India and some East African countries, not all healthcare institutions have access to electricity. As per government records, 50% of sub-centres in some states of India were not connected to the grid. Non-government hospitals that serve the hinterlands often must rely on diesel generators owing to voltage fluctuations and outages that sometimes last for weeks. While renewable energy (RE) technology is available, it requires capital investments which many institutions do not have. Thus, access to clean electricity also includes access to affordable finance.

Power for All
in India

Through its Saubhagya initiative, India currently is at 99.99% electrification with only 18,734 households without electricity. However, the quality and reliability of electricity access remains an issue, as does the long-term sustainability of the largely grid-based approach. Power for All’s work in India is focused on building a powerful, evidence-based narrative for the country’s decentralized renewable energy (DRE) sector, to spotlight its critical role in not only providing quality, fiscally responsible and customer-centric 24/7 electricity services to India’s rural poor, but improving livelihoods and generating economic activity and employment.

Divya Kottadiel
Divya Kottadiel

Communications Director, India

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Over 1/3 households in rural Jharkhand dissatisfied with grid supply: report

A new report by the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) highlights the unreliability of power supply in India's rural Jharkhand state. A senior official speaking at the report launch event stated that inefficiencies in the management of power utilities are one of the biggest challenges in ensuring 24x7 power supply.

Affordable financing big barrier for solar-powered rural enterprise: new report

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A shift from energy access to development is transforming the decentralized renewable energy market in India: CLEAN

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