Solar Energy on the Rise in India

September 10, 2003 [] More than 60,000 families in Karnataka, India, are estimated to be using solar energy systems for meeting their hot water, lighting, water pumping and other requirements. The solar energy programs are being implemented by the Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL), Bangalore, the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), and several banks. The Ministry of Non-conventional Energy Sources is providing financial assistance for the installation of solar home systems, street lighting systems, solar pumps, power plants, dish type and community type solar cookers to individuals and non-profit organizations, which include schools, hostels, hospitals, colleges and voluntary organizations. KREDL has proposed installation of 10,000 solar home systems, 1,000 solar street lighting systems, 100 solar pumps, 50 dish-type solar cookers, eight 175 kW solar photovoltaic power plants. KREDL is also organizing exhibitions on solar lighting systems, solar pumps, solar cookers and solar water heaters all over the state.