Indian Loan Project Gives Solar Energy to Rural Poor in India

[SciDev.Net] A UN project in India has given thousands of people in rural areas access to reliable electricity by enabling them to take out small loans to purchase solar panels. The project, launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2003 in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, facilitated over 18,000 loans for solar panels over three years. A report on the project will be presented at the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, meeting this week (30 April) in New York, United States.

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