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Solar power in every Indian home by 2019 – that’s the goal of new Prime Minister Modi

sunflag-indiaModi to Use Solar to Bring Power to Every Home by 2019 By Rakteem Katakey and Debjit Chakraborty  May 18, 2014 India’s new government led b yNarendra Modi plans to harness solar power to enable every home to run at least one light bulb by 2019, a party official said.

“We look upon solar as having the potential to completely transform the way we look at the energy space,” said Narendra Taneja, convener of the energy division at Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, which swept to power on May 16 in the biggest electoral win in three decades. About 400 million people in India lack access to electricity, more than the combined population of the U.S. and Canada. The outgoing government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh missed a 2012 target to provide electricity to all households.

The five-year goal will require the cooperation of state-level administrations with which the central government shares control over the power industry, Taneja said. If successful, solar panels could allow every home to have enough power to run two bulbs, a solar cooker and a television, he said.

Expanding clean-power generation will be the administration’s top energy-related priority, especially solar because it has the potential to create jobs and supply millions of scattered households not connected to the grid, he said.

Modi, as chief minister of Gujarat state, pioneered India’s first incentives for large-scale solar power in 2009. The party will take lessons from Gujarat’s program as it designs policies on a national level that will include both larger, grid-connected photovoltaic projects and smaller, decentralized applications for solar, Taneja said.

To contact the reporters on this story: Rakteem Katakey in New Delhi; Debjit Chakraborty in New Delhi at


May 23, 2014 - Posted by | decentralised, India


  1. This is incredibly exciting! Using modern green technology to provide clean, eco-friendly energy to some of the poorest people on the planet; the very people who suffer most through pollution. Crucially, this is being proposed and planned at the national level. To commit to bring electricity access to 400 million people while doing it using solar power is a fantastic undertaking. Alex from

    Comment by Alex | May 23, 2014 | Reply

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  4. This picture clearly explains the simple logic Modi is using in his calculus. Bottom line by 2019 solar will be beyond grid parity in India.

    Comment by Ciceroji | August 8, 2014 | Reply

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