Under the Ministry’s SPV Demonstration Programme, 78,408 solar lanterns and 1,08,599 solar home lighting systems were installed during 2009-10 in the country.
During 2009-10, the Ministry provided a subsidy of Rs.2400 for solar lanterns to individuals and full cost to a girl child studying in class IX to XII living in unelectrified villages and hamlets in Special Category States and UT islands and Rs.2500 – Rs. 8660 for home lighting systems depending upon the model and category of users.
Thia amounts to a subsidy of atleast Rs. 45.97Cr ($10.2 million) distributed in the year 2009-10.
Readers of Panchabuta might be surprised at the very low numbers refectled here, given the achievements of d.light and other Solar lighting solution providers. However it is important to note that the adaptation of Solar lanterns has increased rapidly and a number of rural and semi-urban customers buy the same without any subsidy and hence the numbers might not be reflected here.
Under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), the Ministry is financially supporting installation of off-grid solar applications including solar lights and other solar energy systems through a combination of 30% subsidy and or 5% interest bearing loans by individuals, non-commercial entities and industrial/ commercial entities.