Issue Date: Aug 15, 2004
About 80, 000 of a total of 6,25,000 villages in India do not have electricity. In fact, connecting about 25,000 of them through the regular grid is economically unviable. These villages have to be provided electricity through alternative sources. Solar energy could be one such source. However, it is extremely capital-intensive and an expensive proposition. It does work out well in cases where providing conventional power is not technically feasible.