Electricity for light bulbs, air conditioners, televisions, microwave ovens and more – many of us have access to most of these things, all at the flick of a switch. But ever thought of those places in India where life comes to a standstill right after sunset? Where school children have to finish their studies during the day because there is no electricity after dark? Where businessmen have no option but to go to bed early because there is no power to light up their shops? Where doctors have to check patients and perform surgeries in the dark?
Electricity remains a dream for millions of Indians in several rural and semi-urban places. According to the 2011 Census, more than 32% households in India lack proper supply of electricity.
While power lines fail to reach many remote areas, the energy of the sun reaches everywhere. And it is in places like these that solar energy is finally being put to use to supply electricity in each and every household.
The use of solar energy has seen a remarkable growth in India in the past few years. The government has revised the National Solar Mission target of Grid Connected Solar Power projects from 20,000 MW to 100,000 MW by 2022. Along with the government, many private organizations are also taking up solar installations as a part of their CSR activities in rural as well as urban India.
Discovery Channel made a documentary on how solar energy has reached households, schools, hospitals, and agricultural fields in different corners of India.
From houses in Uttar Pradesh and small hospitals in Tripura, to an engineering college in Chandigarh, this is how solar energy is changing lives across the country.
This video was originally published here.