Solar lighting for rural households: A case of innovative model in Bihar, India

Palit Debajit, Malhotra Sangeeta,Pandey Manish K,Bankoti Nikita
In: Martina Schafer (ed). Micro Perspectives for Decentralized Energy Supply: Proceedings of the International Conference: 77-81p,

Though conventional grid extension has been the predominant mode of electrification in the country, there have been several initiatives and policy support to rural electrification efforts through renewable energy means, particularly solar. This study evaluated a Solar Home System (SHS) project operational in one of the rural districts of Bihar, India and presents the analysis of technical, financial, and institutional aspects of project and its impacts. The study reveals that financial innovations, adopting standard processes, building local technical expertise, sensitization and training of all stakeholders are the key factors for enhancing the operational sustainability of rural renewable energy programs in India.

Solar energy
Solar light
Solar lighting
Rural electrification
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