In what may bolster its credentials as the global clean energy champion, India plans to develop small-scale solar power projects in the underdeveloped countries of Asia and Africa, according to two Indian government officials.
Given its experience with rural electrification, India also plans to provide electricity access to villages in these countries.
The Indian government has written to its ambassadors in Asian and African countries, asking them to identify proposals wherein India can participate to set up solar energy projects. The ambitious exercise to be carried out under the aegis of the newly formed International Solar Alliance (ISA) may be jointly executed by India’s ministries of external affairs and, new and renewable energy.
“We intend to set up small solar projects in underdeveloped countries of Asia and Africa,” said an Indian government official requesting anonymity.
According to the International Energy Agency, nearly 1.2 billion people—which constitute 17% of the world’s total population—do not have access to electricity. More than 95% of those living without electricity are in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.